Docklands Yacht Club overlooks Victoria Harbour with sweeping views of the Melbourne City skyline and the ever changing Docklands precinct. From January 2016, sailing will take place from the 60 metre pontoon at our new premises - the Community Boating Hub, 912 Collins Street, adacent to the Library at Dock Square. Community Sailing days are normally the second and fourth Sunday of each month year round from 11am but are subject to change (check Calendar page for more details). Everyone is welcome. We supply the boats, lifejackets and instruction.
Special Olympics Sailing Program
Docklands Yacht Club has just hosted a regatta to select a Victorian Team which will compete at the Australian Special Olympics Summer Games in Adelaide next April.
Held over the weekend of 22 & 23 August, the event attracted 8 Special Olympics athletes who have participated in the SO Sailing Program organised by Sailability Victoria.
Strong breezes prevailed across the weekend, but the club managed to complete 6 races on the Saturday. Gusts over 30 knots put an end to the second day of racing before the first race could get underway.
In the Access 303 two-person fleet, SO sailors either operated the jib or steered the boat with a Sailability volunteer as the other crew. William Seah from Brunswick East, sailed with Charles Weatherly in the morning and then Alison Weatherly in the afternoon, to win the regatta by 3 points from Joshua Schwarz (Bentleigh), with Sarah Millsom (Yinnar South) third.
Two of the SO sailors in the Access 2.3 single-person division are wheelchair users and use servo electrics to control the steering and/or sails. Unfortunately for Martin Waller, from Gruyere in the Yarra Valley, servo problems caused him to miss the first four heats. But Martin came back to win the fifth race in the afternoon. David Weatherly (Skipton) and Mark Thorpe (Sale) were tied after the morning's racing. However, David scored 1, 2 in the afternoon to win the division by two points.
The Victorian squad that will prepare for the National Games will be announced in the next few weeks. Docklands Yacht Club members and Sailability volunteers, Alison Weatherly and Morgan Staley, will be Team Manager and Coach respectively, leading the squad through a program of training sessions and regattas around the State to give the Victorians their best chance of success in Adelaide. This includes participating in the Docklands Yacht Club Short Course Series and the Access Class Australian Championships being held at Royal Brighton Yacht Club in January.
From the National Games regatta, an Australian Team will be selected to compete at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens in 2011.
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