Albury Wodonga Yacht Club celebrated its annual Open Day last Sunday 9 November with fine warm weather and bright splashes of colour across Lake Hume.
Kids were the big winners during the afternoon event, with the bay in front of the clubhouse full of boats with children onboard, thrilled with their first taste of sailing.
AWYC Commodore Phil Clements said it was great to see so many kids on the water, enjoying themselves in boats of all sizes, as these kids were the future of sailing.
Over 100 children and their parents and friends enjoyed rides during the afternoon on larger trailable yachts as well as off-the-beach sailing dinghies, including the exciting new X3 dinghy class, designed and built specifically with young learner sailors in mind. The simple design, ultra tough hulls and sails and quick rigging time make them ideal training boats.
A group of schools from North East Victoria and local tertiary institutions have bought six X3s for training young people in how to sail. These are currently based at the club.
The AWYC Open Day was held in conjunction with over 40 other clubs associated with Yachting Victoria, including the Mokoan and Yarrawonga clubs in North East Victoria.
People interested in getting into sailing, whether you are eight or eighty years old, beginners or experienced, can still have a sail with a Club member to see what all the excitement is about. And you donít have to own a boat to start with Ė a number of AWYC members have crewed on boats to start with, but more often than not are "bitten by the sailing bug".
Next weekend is the annual Tallangatta Cruise, with a group of AWYC boats heading up the Mitta Mitta Arm to Tallangatta on Saturday afternoon, camping overnight on the Tallangatta foreshore for a very relaxed social evening, before returning to the Club the following day.
And the following weekend, the sailing gets more serious again with the second round of the 2003-2004 Sail Inland series, hosted by the Mokoan Yacht Club on Lake Mokoan. With Mokoan leading in the current series, AWYC will be out to close the gap.
See you on the water!