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.
DYC members behind Special Olympics Medallists
Victoria’s Special Olympics Sailing Team has won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide. Docklands Yacht Club members Alison Weatherly and Morgan Staley were Team Manager and Coach.
Held every four years, the National Games include a variety of sporting competitions for people with an intellectual disability. Sailing was included for the first time in 2010 and drew entries from five States and Territories. Results of the event will be used to select an Australian Team for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Sailing Competition in Athens next year.
Sarah Millsom (Latrobe Valley YC), sailing with Unified Partner Alison Weatherly, finished with a first and second placing in the last races to overtake the regatta favourites and claim the Gold Medal in the Level 2 Competition overall and top female crew. In this level, the Special Olympics athlete must helm for the entirety of the race.
In the Level 5 male solo division, Martin Waller (Sugarloaf SC) won the Silver Medal and was third overall, while Mark Thorpe (Lake Wellington & Latrobe Valley YCs) won the Bronze Medal and was fifth overall. Martin and Mark both also have a physical disability and were the only competitors to use servo-electric equipment to control their boats. David Weatherly (Ballarat YC) was fifth.
The regatta comprised six races for each Level sailed over three days at the Adelaide Sailing Club at West Beach. Conditions were light for the first two days and the tidal flow made the course challenging for all. The two-person Levels were sailed in Access 303s and the single-person Level in the Access 2.3.
Sailability Victoria worked in conjunction with Special Olympics Victoria to establish a Special Olympics Sailing Program last year. The Victorian Team was decided following a selection regatta held at Docklands in August and an intensive training program was hosted by Docklands, Blairgowrie, Mornington and Latrobe Valley Yacht Clubs.
With all the competitors coming from various parts of regional Victoria, strong family support was essential to enable the team to come together regularly for training sessions.
Congratulations to Alison, Morgan and the team for such a great result.
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