Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
DSC’s Keelboat Program is steadily gaining momentum. The order for four Elliot 7s was placed at the beginning of August and the initial payment made. Since then the build has been scheduled at the McConaghy factory in China and construction commenced with completion around Xmas and delivery thereafter. Hulls are being layed up this week with additional reinforcing and supply of outboard brackets added to enable us to use the boats from a marina during the wet season.
The Keelboat committee has been expanded to reflect the range of issues to be worked through, with Ayla Warton, Lisa Denver and Karl Radonich now joining the original team of Ingo Niemeier, Conor Byrne, Ed Vincent and myself.
Quotes are being sourced for sails, trailers, cradles and outboard motors. Transport options investigated and different pontoon types considered to facilitate accessing the Elliotts once they are on the water.
Ayla and the General Manager have commenced a program seeking sponsors which will provide funds to complete the project as well as a future revenue source for the club. Our talented Junior sailors with the help of the Vice Commodore recently put their creative skills together and made a couple of short videos. These were used in support of two Holden Community Grant applications which if successfully will also significantly contribute to completing the Keelboat purchases.
The sailing manager has been busy costing training programs and considering how Match and Team Racing can be incorporated into next seasons sailing calendar. The committee has also being considering how we can best make use of the Elliotts to ensure all members that are interested, have the opportunity to access and be involved is sailing these exciting boats. Attendance by DSC sailors for the last couple of years at the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta has generated lots of interest and potential.
The Sailing Academy will need certified Keelboat instructors to provide the YA Keelboat course, plans are underway to bring an instructor to Darwin to train and certify our sailing instructors. Likewise information and promotion products are being drafted and prepared.
In the meantime we have posted an Expression of Interest to DSC Youth Sailors, inviting them to compete at the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships at the Royal Prince Alfred Sailing Club – Sydney. The club has been given an invitation to send a team to this prestigious event with the aim of developing Match Racing skills in the NT so that we can develop our own programs and host Match Racing events in the future.
The Keelboat committee will continue to provide regular updates however if you have any questions feel free to contact us for more information
Rear-Commodore Training and Juniors
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