Q & A with SLMASC - #NSWYouthChamps
by Australian Sailing
The stage is set for the 2017 Trinity Point New South Wales Youth Championships this October long week. South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club (SLMASC) will be hosting the Youth Championship event and we caught up with Club President, Phil Evans to ask a few questions about hosting the premier Youth Sailing event in NSW.
Is SLMASC looking forward to hosting the 2017 Trinity Point NSW Youth Championships and what are they doing to prepare?
Preparations for the 2017 Trinity Point NSW Youth Championships are in full swing with the club’s event committee meeting regularly to plan and prepare for what we are confident will be a fantastic regatta. The club is excited by the opportunity and challenge of hosting such a large and diverse youth event at the start of what will be the clubs 70th anniversary year. Team SLMASC is working closely with our partner Clubs for this event, Wangi Amateur Sailing Club and Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club, and we all look forward to welcoming young sailors from NSW and beyond for what will be an awesome weekend both on and off the water.
What is the BEST thing about having this regatta at SLMASC?
Sailors who visit SLMASC and other clubs around the lake often refer to our unique water wonderland as ‘Sailors Paradise’, and we look forward to introducing many first time visitors to the ideal location and sailing conditions that Lake Macquarie offers. Our uniquely large and enclosed regatta precinct as well as the spectacular but sheltered waters with prime spectator viewing from the lake shoreline, will provide a safe, secure and fully inclusive regatta venue that will ensure that sailors of all abilities and their families have an extremely enjoyable and immersive experience. The conditions in late September are ideal for Youth Sailors, especially in the Opti classes who have held their last two state championships at SLMASC. In addition to all of the on water racing action, there will be a strong focus on participation and having fun in a casual and relaxed atmosphere that encourages competitors to develop new friendships. The many nearby attractions will also provide an ideal opportunity for families to enjoy a mini-holiday while attending the event.
Any local supporters/sponsors deserve specific acknowledge?
The NSW Youth Championships is a very special event that requires the support of a large number of people and businesses in order to ensure its success.
Obviously the passion and commitment of our ‘army’ of volunteers from Team SLMASC as well as from our partner clubs at Wangi and Mannering Park will be a huge factor that we believe will enable us to deliver a high class and unique event.
The support of Lake Macquarie City Council has also been instrumental in securing the event for the city, and council continues to work closely with the club to help ensure that the regatta venue, which includes councils large Sunshine Park Reserve adjacent to the club, meets all requirements to ensure smooth sailing for the event.