Hillarys Yacht Club: hundreds at Discover Sailing Day

Sally Malay skipper Ian Walker had many ‘discoverers’ on board.
Sally Malay skipper Ian Walker had many ‘discoverers’ on board.

HILLARYS Yacht Club opened its doors to the public on Sunday morning and were inundated with visitors to try their hand at sailing on the annual Discover Sailing Day.

Blessed with a perfect sunny morning and a light breeze, 22 keelboats made an average of four trips each to cater for 250 children and adults while more than 100 new sailors tried their hands sailing the smaller dinghies.

Under the watchful eye of the skipper, guiding a 34-foot yacht between dinghies, other keelboats and the Rottnest ferry was no mean feat for a youngster barely able to see over the steering wheel.

Families quickly realised the potential of the children learning to sail, beginning with the fun, games-based tackers’ program in dinghies, while parents could crew on keelboats, learning the ropes and enjoying the social aspects of the club.

Discounted memberships are available for a limited time. Visit www.hillarysyacht|club.com.au or call 9246 2833.

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