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.
Docklands Sailors in Asia-Pacific Champs
Five DYC members competed at the Asia-Pacific & Australian Access Class Championships at the Royal Perth Yacht Club last month.
Docklands' Rear-Commodore, Roy Jewell, placed second overall in the Access 303 single-person fleet of 12 boats representing 5 states and 3 countries. At the presentation ceremony, Roy seemed a little surprised to have achieved a podium finished having only won one of the 7 races held over 3 days on the Swan River, but he had sailed consistently enough to get a 4 point lead on his nearest rival. The division was won by Robert Eadie from Tasmania, who has also been a visitor to Docklands YC.
Roy teamed up with fellow DYC Committee member Mark Thompson to compete in the 303 two-person division, meaning that Roy had a very busy program of sailing. Mark & Roy finished up 9th in the 14 boat fleet. Competition in this division was particularly tough, with some very experienced sailors in the fleet.
Krista Bailey, a member at both Mornington and Docklands, sailed DYC's Liberty 1007 in Perth, finishing up 6th in the 9 boat division. The Liberty class attracts some very seasoned competitors and this was the case at the recent championships where 8 races were sailed over the three days.
Russell Phillips sailed with Morgan Staley in the SKUD 18 division in Perth. While there were only three SKUDs sailing, the Docklands crew came face to face with a local team of a Paralympic Gold Medallist with a Paralympic Silver Medallist and Singapore's Paralympic representatives for 2008 and 2012. The DYC crew led at times and finished with three 2nd places, but they were soundly beaten by the two other experienced teams. It was an excellent training opportunity for Russell in his first regatta as SKUD helmsman. Russell is now on the lookout for a female crew who meets the IFDS disability classification criteria in order to form a Paralympic eligible team to prepare for the 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition in Rio.
Congratulations to all the Docklands sailors who made the trip to Perth. We hope even more will take part in the 2012 Access Class World & International Championships that will be held at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney next Easter.