Start setting sail

The Montrose Bay Yacht Club invites locals of all skill levels to experience sailing first-hand on 25 February from 10am to 1pm at its Come and Try Sailing Day.

Committee member Paul Matthews said the club was excited to open its doors for a delightful day of sailing.

“Nestled along the Montrose Bay Foreshore, our club is a community cornerstone. Participants will be guided by our experienced members and offered insights into the club’s rich sailing history,” he said.

“While traditional dinghy sailing has declined, the Montrose Bay Yacht Club remains as a vibrant social space, also hosting the Radio- Controlled Sailors and the Hobart Outrigger Canoe Club.

“The priorities on the day will be fun and safety, with three dedicated power boats for rescues, which will also provide opportunities for licensed volunteers to contribute to water rescue efforts.”

The event will encompass multiple sailing disciplines, with attendees able to gain knowledge and experience from experts in all fields.

Aspiring sailors should be able to swim and be agile enough to handle a dinghy on the shore. Life jackets and spray jackets will be provided and it is recommended that participants bring a change of clothes.

“Our Come and Try Sailing Day will accommodate various skill levels with multiple Australian sailing champions ready and willing to lend their support to any aspiring seafarer,” Mr Matthews said.

“Dinghy races run from September to April from 1pm on Sundays and club members are available before races, happy to discuss sailing and offer advice to potential enthusiasts.

“In addition to traditional sailing, Radio Controlled Sailors hold regular races.

“The Montrose Bay Yacht Club aims to make sailing accessible, fostering a sense of community against the scenic backdrop of the River Derwent.”

Drop in to the club on 25 February and a club member will get you out on the water.

Anyone with queries regarding the day can call Paul on 0404 829 227.

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