Sun City Yacht Club sails unfurled at Two Rocks Marina

Club sailors return to shore: Steve Appleton and son Josh, Mia |Fraser, Shelly Miles, Adele Fraser, Casey Fraser, Dave White and son Bradley, and Floyd Bechnell.
Club sailors return to shore: Steve Appleton and son Josh, Mia |Fraser, Shelly Miles, Adele Fraser, Casey Fraser, Dave White and son Bradley, and Floyd Bechnell.

SUN City Yacht Club held its season opening day last Sunday, with about 30 members and guests attending the event at Two Rocks Marina.

Commodore John Utley said they held a formal ceremony followed by a dinghy demonstration on the water and a sail past with the larger boats.

Giving his second address at the club’s helm, Mr Utley said last year the focus was on its 40-year history, and this year it was on the future.

He talked about what the rapid population growth in the area could mean for the club if it let people know it was there.

“The opportunity to participate in sailing, even if only to try it out, is easily available,” he said.

“Our membership as a key driver for the club and are committed to providing opportunity and value for our members.

“We’re working hard with our dinghy sailing, promoting dinghies for any ages above seven years old and we encourage families to sail together.

“We have a group of around 30 dinghy sailors this year, including several fathers who sail regularly with their sons and daughters,” he said.

“I’d like to broaden our club’s role to include other boating groups, perhaps fishing, or diving, or ocean paddlers so that we have appeal to an even broader group.”

Vice-Commodore and Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles attended, as did Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, and St James Parish priest, the Reverend John Taylor blessed the boats.

Mr Utley said the display of seven sailing dinghies involved a game with each towing inflatable crocodiles or balloons and trying to tag the others.