Sun City Yacht Club launches sailing season at Two Rocks Marina


Sun City Yacht Club dinghies.

Roger Wing.

The blessing of the fleet.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.
Sun City Yacht Club dinghies. Roger Wing. The blessing of the fleet. Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

SUN City Yacht Club launched its sailing season on Sunday with an opening function at Two Rocks Marina.

Visitors at the November 12 event included representatives from other yacht clubs, Yachting WA, Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, life members, former commodores, Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

Mrs Roberts, who is the club’s patron, and Wanneroo councillor Paul Miles were guest speakers and acknowledged the club’s culture and community involvement.

Commodore Wayne Hartas talked about the Department of Transport’s plans to spend about $6 million redeveloping of the marina starting early next year.

He said that the club would be able to continue with current activities within the marina during this stage of development but was also looking to sail more outside the marina as club membership grew and other marina development proceeded.

Yachting WA president Mark Fitzhardinge entertained guests with a brief history of the development of the Two Rocks and Yanchep area and founding of the Sun City Yacht Club by Alan Bond in the 1970s.

His father and uncle were both closely involved in early development and his uncle John was the club’s first commodore.

After the formal ceremony, Anglican Parish of Northern Suburbs Reverend Jeff Sturman did the blessing of the fleet during a sail past that was testing for the dinghy sailing crews in strong winds.

The club’s 2017-18 season includes training courses on Saturday mornings and dinghy racing in the afternoons.

It will hold a dinghy sailing triathlon Saturday, December 16 as part of the club’s Christmas celebrations.