New clubhouse opens

Laura Carmichael, who sails as crew on her father’s tasar, in front of the Hillarys Yacht Club junior clubhouse.
Laura Carmichael, who sails as crew on her father’s tasar, in front of the Hillarys Yacht Club junior clubhouse.

Captain of dinghies Brett Bailey thanked those involved for bringing what was vice-Commodore Simon Davenport’s initial vision of a clubhouse to fruition.

Rear Commodore (sailing) Neil Harrison highlighted the growth of the junior section with 85 participating in the Start Sailing Programs in the holidays and the success of many at the national championships.

He invited members to share the vision of HYC as a safe, family-oriented club dedicated to fostering the development of youth through marine sports and activities.

‘This building should be seen as a testament to our commitment to our club goals,’ he said.

He hoped that the junior clubhouse would be for all junior members, making it a mecca for club activities, including the junior training and development, and maybe even courses for the more senior members such as recreational skipper’s ticket, radio and first aid.

The commodore reiterated the thanks to management and support staff, particularly Danny Rechichi, then cut the ribbon, declaring the HYC Junior Clubhouse ‘open’.