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Posted on 19 April, 2018

2018 Discover Sailing Day - From Strength to Strength

2018 Discover Sailing Day - From Strength to Strength

55 years of momentum, a month or two of planning and a very busy week leading in. All of this gave around 70 sets of DSC hands the chance to welcome more than 220 participants to the Club for a little taste of sailing on Fannie Bay at the 2018 DSC Discover Sailing Day last Saturday. 

The Discover Sailing Day has in recent years become a signature club event, and this year was no exception. From sign-ons through stockings, sunscreen stations, safety boats and stories on the radio, there were smiles all round as every area of the Club was on show. 

While it was great to see many familiar faces back helping the club put it's best for forward, it was also a pleasure to see more than a few new faces with pink wristbands this year lending a hand.

The uptake of membership and learn to sail training courses was solid again this year on the day, and we expect with the vastly improved Australian Sailing portal now up and running that many of those who enjoyed our hospitality will take their interest to the next level in coming weeks. Certainly, anecdotal comments from those manning the enquiry desks suggest that the level of genuine enquiry regarding the Club and what we do is as strong as ever. 

Rear Commodore Simon Cruickshank summed up the sentiment of the day well in an e-mail I received from him on Monday.

"Like any good stage show it all went well on the night, some further learnings for next time but without exception all the visitors left the club with big smiles.... 

And you cant ask more than that.

On that note, a big congratulations are in order to Rear Commodore Training and Juniors Simon Cruickshank, his Training Committee and Sailing Manager Ed Vincent for their leadership and tireless efforts in delivering the 2018 event. Where every strong team needs good Chiefs, success rarely comes without great Indians. As I mentioned earlier, more than 70 people collaborated to deliver the Discover Sailing Day this year and that is just too many to list here, other than to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of all.

As discussed during the event briefing, those who volunteered on the day will be invited along with those who gave their time at the working bee the week prior to an event in coming weeks. I encourage all to attend to give the Management Committee, on behalf of the Club, the chance to thank you in person.

Scroll down for a selection of photos from the 2018 DSC Discover Sailing Day. 

Again, thank you to all who contributed to a great opener to the on-water year. 

Bring on the dragonflies! 

Kind Regards,

John Melenewycz

General Manager - Darwin Sailing Club.

The Sign-in desk was a busy spot with more than 220 Darwinites signing on for a sail!

Once again a comprehensive selection of keel boats and dinghies were on hand to get people out onto Fannie Bay.

A youthful looking Jenny was ever present to answer questions about all things Sailing. 

THe DSC Volunteer Army was on hand in number to make sure that everyone was well looked after on and off the water.

Busy on the beach! 

Kitting up.

The BBQ was humming thanks to the efforts of the Social Committee, plus a few ring-ins. No idea who these two blokes are!

Tough spot that Fannie Bay.

Onto the beach ready for action. The boys were loving the knee highs!

Out on the water.

This year we had Mix 104.9FM broadcasting live to help promote the event. Master story teller and Vice Commodore John Hardy was on hand to entertain the masses with tales from Atkins Drive, and beyond!

IT Guru and sailing tragic Tom Griffiths took the opportunity to introduce a few locals to sailing. 

Match Racing master John Lynch was kind enough to accompany a few novices as they put one the Elliots through its paces, albeit under somewhat gentler circumstances than John has been accustomed in recent times.   

General feedback from the punters was that Beach Commander Danny McManus was not that hard to find...

Beach Officer Lindsey Wharton was on hand to get the keelboaters out on the water.

Simo's snags production crew were all smiles! Thanks to Clint, Janice, Simo and Avenal (and to all the others! who helped on the food stand!

The DSC Rescue Fleet has the chance to blow out the cobwebs in preparation for the season ahead.

Minnow President and ever-present volunteer Nick McGrath sneaks in a bite to eat courtesy of the Social Committee. 

Table service, Darwin Sailing Club style! Coffee sir? Thanks Robyn!

A nice way to spend a Saturday!

More smiles. Thank you ladies!

New Sailing Instructor recruit Alana taking it all in. 


Some guys just can't get enough of strutting down the beach with their stockings on!

Rear Commodore Training and Juniors, Simon Cruickshank (along with Sailing Manager Ed Vincent) the brains behind the Discover Sailing Day operation, signing up a new recruit. 

Thanks to supporters of the Darwin Sailing Club