HELP RESTORE THIS LEAKY BOAT: Tracey-Anne needs your help.
HELP RESTORE THIS LEAKY BOAT: Tracey-Anne needs your help. Ute Schulenberg

Tracey Anne needs a little love

MEET Tracy Anne - the 1920s boat built in South West Rocks and now at anchor in Urunga for the grand sum of two cartons of beer.

And if Commodore Derek Ridgley has his way, she will live on as the flagship of the Urunga Sail Training Club.

"We haven't tracked down exactly where she was built but we have found out that she has already had a prawn licence, a lobster licence and a long-line licence," Mr Ridgley said.

Mr Ridgley said she does leak so a battery operated bilge pump is what keeps her afloat - until recently when the battery went flat and she started sinking.

"Her sinking was apparently big news with the truckies going over the Kalang Bridge. We got her up again but the motor went under and we have not been able to clean it out."

A grant application has since been lodged with Maritime Museums for a new motor but volunteers are needed to help with her overall restoration.

"She can carry seven and our plan is to use her as part of our Sailability program for people with disabilities - we can put those not sailing on board and take them across for picnics on sandbanks in the river."

Sailability teaches people with disabilities sailing skills and is held on the third Sunday of each month from 9.30am to 2pm.

The club has recently relocated into the old scout hall on the corner of River Street, Urunga. For more information phone 6655 5243.



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