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 on the pace at Access Class Worlds
The Access Class 2012 Combined World, International & Australian Championships have recently concluded at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney. With racing in 4 classes and 7 divisions, the bi-annual event attracted 115 sailors from 9 countries.
The 2012 Worlds, like all Access Class championships, are open to competitors of all abilities. These are one of the few sporting opportunities where athletes with a disability compete on equal terms with able bodied athletes. Approximately 70% of the competitors in these championships have some form of disability. All of the 15 Victorian sailors who attended have been involved in Sailability programs located at their local sailing clubs. Almost all have competed in the Docklands Short Course series at one time or another.
Mark Thorpe and Bruce James (Latrobe Valley YC) claimed Bronze medal position in the Access 303 Two-Person World Championship and 2nd in the Nationals. Mark has been sailing solo in the Access 2.3 for several years but combined with Sailability Gippsland volunteer Bruce James for the big event. There were another 3 Victorian crews in this highly competitive 25 boat fleet.
Neil Patterson (Docklands YC) just missed out on a medal in the Access 303 Single-Person International Championship, placing 4th just ahead of Alison Weatherly (Ballaarat & Docklands YCs). Patterson has only recently returned to sailing since a sailing accident but has quickly adapted his skills to the Access classes.
Cherie McLean (Mornington YC) was the only female sailor in the top ten of the Liberty fleet, while Russell Phillips & Sally Wilkinson (Docklands YC) took on Paralympic representatives from 3 nations in the SKUD 18 competition.
Overall, Victorian sailors performed extremely well in the strongest competition ever seen in the Access Classes. The next Combined World & International Championships will be in San Francisco in 2014.