Topics:  ocean, sailing, watersports, youth

Sailing club invites youth to try hands on the water

Adam Hurt and daughter Alice Hurt on NS14 "Zarzen".
Adam Hurt and daughter Alice Hurt on NS14 "Zarzen". Jill Robb (c)2012

INSTEAD of staying inside and wasting away your weekend try your hand at sailing.

The weather is going to be perfect so there really are no excuses according to Commodore Hugh Milliken.

The Tweed Valley Sailing Club (TVSC) is a volunteer run sailing club spreading the word that sailing is not an elitist sport; it is good old-fashioned family fun.

Tomorrow the club is hosting a Junior Sailing Day and on Sunday they are having a race.

Mr Milliken said he was a mad keen sailor who wanted to get everyone into the sport.

"Sailing has got massive benefits," he said.

"People who sail get all sorts of understanding about the water and nature.

"It's the nature of sailing for things to go wrong so we learn how to cope with fixing things on the spot.

"Sailing has some fantastic life lessons."

Mr Milliken said over the years he had seen all sorts of characters try the sport.

"It's remarkable to see how they change over a few years," he said.

The club is encouraging everyone to get involved with the sport.

"We're very family friendly," Mr Milliken said.

"All boats are inclusive."

The club race will start at Fingal Boat Ramp and will be a great sight for spectators so every man and his dog is invited down to have a stickybeak.

JUNIOR SAILING DAY - all welcome!

When: October 20, 1:30pm briefing

Where: At Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Bay Street Park

Cost: A gold coin donation

Extra: All kids must be accompanied by one parent

CLUB RACE - all welcome!

When: October 21, rigging at 12 for 1pm briefing the race starts at 2pm

Where: Fingal Boat Ramp (opp Sheoak Shack)

Cost: A gold coin donation



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