15 Mar 2017
A beautiful Darwin evening set the scene for the naming ceremony of the Darwin Sailing Club new fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats. Commodore Peter Lockett welcomed guests, sponsors and members. Sailing manager Ed Vincent outlined the process leading to the selection of the boats and their intended uses. Management Committee members then named the boats, Kelat, Mauna Loa, Neptuna and Zealanda, respectively.
The Elliott 7 fleet will allow the club to lift their adult learn to sail programmes to a much higher standard, providing better student : instructor ratios and better competence of graduates.The inaugural course, tarting this month is a women’s learn to sail course. This will be followed by weekend Keel Boat skipper course for those members who can sail, but don’t currently meet the pre-requisites to hire an Elliott. The club intends to run an Intermediate Youth programme for experienced youth 12 years and over. The Youth Development Program for older youth starts later in the year.
Having this matched fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats provides the opportunity for quality match racing and adds a new and exciting competition format to the club’s sailing program. In July the club will hold their first international regatta -The Darwin International Youth Match Racing Regatta. The yachts will also be available for qualified club members to hire including for club events such as the Fannie Bay Bucket, Twilights and other club races.