ALWAYS LEARNING: People of all ages are encouraged to head down to the Whitsunday Sailing Club this Sunday to try their hand at sailing with local sailors such as Hamish Swain.
ALWAYS LEARNING: People of all ages are encouraged to head down to the Whitsunday Sailing Club this Sunday to try their hand at sailing with local sailors such as Hamish Swain.

Your chance to try sailing

BOATING is a popular activity in the Whitsundays whether it is on a catamaran, dingy, power boat or yacht, but for some people who don’t own a boat or have a sailing background, getting out on the water is not an option.

Well this Sunday is your lucky day.

As part of People’s Day in the Whitsundays, locals and visitors to the region are invited to head along to the Whitsunday Sailing Club and get out on the water and try their hand at sailing.

There are no age limits and there is no requirement of any sailing abilities just come along and give it a go.

Rear off-beach commodore Roger Stewart said for a gold coin donation people could go out in one of the club’s dinghies, corsairs, lasers or X3s with a sailor and enjoy the day on the water.

"People are invited to come and try out sailing and have a look at the boats," he said.

"The day is for everybody to get out on the water from tackers right through to people of all ages."

All money raised on the day will be donated to Sailability Whitsundays, a non-for-profit organisation that works with organisations within the community to provide sailing lessons to those who may have a disability, are financially or socially disadvantaged, or are elderly.

"The Whitsunday Sailing Club is supporting Sailability to help get more people out on the water," Stewart said.

"We’re also trying to give the sense of community back to Airlie Beach and build ownership of being involved in sailing."

There will be no races held at the sailing club this weekend due to People’s Day come and try sailing classes.

The day will also coincide with the 22nd annual Blessing of the Fleet which is held on the seventh Sunday after Easter. 


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