George Town Yacht Club heading back to sail
by Peter Campbell
Sailing enthusiasts at George Town Yacht Club on the River Tamar are making a concerted drive to revive sailing this summer both in keelboats and off-the-beach dinghies, starting with the Club’s Opening Day on Saturday, 8 December
George Town Yacht Club is the latest Tasmanian club to become registered with Sailing Australia (Yachting Tasmania) after many years of being largely a club of motor boat owners.
Yachting Australia regional manager Richard McMinn presented the club with a welcoming letter from Yachting Tasmania president RIchard Batt (who took part in the Combined Clubs Opening on the River Derwent) and introduced Yachting Tasmania and Australian Sailing to the club more formally.
Founded back in 1953, George Town Yacht Club had a strong sailing activity in its early years with off-the-beach classes including the Tamar class, Sharpies and Rainbows sailing on the River Tamar.
Located on the shores of the Tamar at Esplanade North, George Town, the club currently has about 35 members, racing keelboats ranging from 24-footers to 50-footers, along with trailer-sailers, a handful of dinghies, and catamarans. A number of motor boats are also on the register.
“It’s early days for us as a Sailing Australia-affiliated club, so any regattas are a long way off, but we do provide keelboat racing year round and off-the-beach racing once a month on Friday evenings,” Vice Commodore Brad Strange said today.
“The sailing program provides keelboat racing the first Saturday in the month, year round and this summer will see the revival of dinghy training and racing on the third Friday in the month, starting at 5pm.
“We are making a concerted effort to encourage younger people to take up sailing as a sport and pastime at George Town, an historic town just in from the entrance of the river at Low Heads.
George Town Yacht Club is also keen to support racing with the Tamar Yacht Club and Port Dalrymple Yacht (at Beauty Point) now were are registered with Sailing Australia through Yachting Tasmania,” the enthusiastic Vice Commodore added.
George Town Yacht Club has full clubhouse facilities, including a bar open every Friday evening, year round. On the water, the club has a powered pontoon and an excellent launching ramp.
The Opening Day activities took place on Saturday afternoon.