Seeking new breed of yachties


THEY don't guarantee a start in the next Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race but they can promise to have you out on the water this weekend.

Coffs Harbour Yacht Club is seeking new families to join their dinghy division, the traditional pathway to the glamour sport of ocean racing, and no experience is necessary.

Garry Innes remembers his time in dinghies, admitting it was a long time before his recent stint as a crew member on B52 in the last Pittwater race.

"Everybody has to start somewhere and dinghy sailing is a great sport for children and adults," he said.

"With all the fantastic waterways around the coast, Coffs Harbour offers a great location to start to experience the buzz of sailing."

Until now the dinghy sailing division has been operating as a junior club with most children competing at State or National level.

But with most now young adults and often moving from Coffs to continue studies, the Yacht Club is seeking a fresh crop of ship mates.

This Saturday, the club will host a "Try Sailing Day" with training days to follow on March 17, 24 and 31.

Sophie Warburton is co-ordinating the sessions and recommends pre-bookings on 6655 9578.

For safety reasons, senior club members will be engaged to mentor each group as bookings are made.

Cost is $30 per individual for the four sessions with a maximum of $60 per family.

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