Kamilaroi Visitors to Fingal – Hooked on Sailing!

Last Friday 18 Jan was a big day for TVSC. The morning saw a record number come down to Fingal for a special school holiday Try Sailing session. Teenagers Avryl and Brianna, who learned to sail in Canada, jumped aboard with longtime Teen Squad member Isaac Poulsen on a 125 – enjoying the great breeze and determined to get out on the trapeze wire. Their parents Kerrie and John took one of the club Corsairs out. We’re hoping they come back to race in the Corsair Class Champ on 3 Feb as they looked like they could put up some very good competition. The club Laser also got a work out with Dad Jo Adlard jumping on after deciding a Sabot was really too small – it started to fill with water as he left the beach (bungs missing!). Jo’s confidence quickly returned – sailing really is like riding a bike, you never forget the thrill of a gust of wind propelling you across the water as if there was a silent engine on the back.

Back Right  Bill Fenelon  & Darrel Smith (MBYS) with Beck Couch and Moree Visitors & TVSC sailors.

In the afternoon we welcomed a group of 12 boys from Moree who joined some of the TVSC juniors for an afternoon learning to sail. Five TVSC members brought their Corsairs along and after a short intro to the ropes and cleats and how everything works from Commodore Bill Fenelon they jumped aboard their boats and headed out. In no time they were stearing and working the sails themselves. Every sailing trip needs a destination so they headed to Ukerebagh Island to stop for a cool off swim before heading back to Fingal. Another big day in the their packed itinery. And it was definitely one of the sailing club’s most fun and memorable days, all the volunteers agreed.

Commodore Bill Fenelon greeting Ronald Swan and the rest of the boys from Moree.

Big thanks to TVSC members Craig Foley, Alison Blatcher, Matt Andrews and Karen Vidler and Safety Boats Bryan Townsend and Reg Court. Special thanks to the organisers for the Moree visitors – in particular Beck Couch (Tweed Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer), Darrel Smith (Miyay Birray Youth Service in Moree),Tweed Police and PCYC, Fingal Rovers SLSC. To come sailing on the Tweed get in touch.