Eden Humphrey, 15, has been teaching friend and first-time sailor Coty Bonnyman, 16, how to sail, at the sailing club’s ‘Discover Sailing’ morning, on Saturday.
Eden Humphrey, 15, has been teaching friend and first-time sailor Coty Bonnyman, 16, how to sail, at the sailing club’s ‘Discover Sailing’ morning, on Saturday.

Discover sailing at the club

SAILING is a fun sport that the whole family can enjoy.

Whitsunday Sailing Club held a 'Discover Sailing' morning, on Saturday, aimed at giving both adults and children a taste of what it's all about.

About 40 people turned up - a mix of experienced sailors and novices - and had fun out on the water, despite a lack of breeze.

One duo was a combination of experienced and novice, with sailor-of-three-years Eden Humphrey teaching friend and first-timer Coty Bonnyman, 16, how to sail.

"I like instructing and I want to get as many people into sailing as I can, as it's such an excellent sport," Miss Humphrey, 15, said.

"We tried to stay with the breeze - there wasn't much. Coty likes to pump (the rudder) but he's willing to listen to me.

"We had to pump the rudder a lot to move the boat forward as there was no wind. It was a bit of a surprise - we didn't realise it would be so light.

"I roped Coty into it because I love sailing."

 

Gallery: Discover sailing at the club

 

The 'Discover Sailing' morning was the first one 'for some time' according to sailing manager Ross Chisholm, and it was very successful.

Another one is due to take place on Saturday, March 21.

"It's for adults and kids," Mr Chisholm said.

"It's a chance for people to try it as a family sport. It's great for all ages, from eight to 80 years old.

"People can try it out and see if they want to learn more."

The Whitsunday Sailing Club conducts learn-to-sail classes on Sunday mornings, from 8.30am to 11.30am, with classes for both children (aged eight to 12 years old) and adults.

For more information visit www.whitsundaysailingclub.com.au, email sailing@whitsundaysailingclub.com.au or call the sailing club on 4946 6138.


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