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New sails for a special Sailability Yacht

by / Tuesday, 04 December 2018 / Published in Latest News

A special Hansa 303 yacht in the Sailability Program at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is to have a new set of sails, courtesy of a donation of $3000 from  Camerons’ Bight Boat Club.  These funds will pay for a new suit of sails , additional PFD2 lifejackets and other equipment.

In 2006 a gift of $4000 from Bendigo Bank and $3000 from many Squadron members funded the yacht.  It is named FINGAL BAY with these words on its stern  The Watsons – Geoff and Eily.   It is a permanent reminder of  founding work from 2002 by the late Geoffrey Watson and his wife Eily.  They and a group of volunteers  developed the program which enables people with intellectual and physical disabilities to attend regularly and enjoy the experience and challenge of sailing at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.  The yachts are also used by the community so that people can experience sailing.

Thousands of dollars have been donated to provide a total of eight Hansa 303s, a support boat , storage pontoons and much other sailing equipment.

Cameron’s Bight Boat Club and many other local groups have in past years  generously contributed to Sailability Blairgowrie.  Without  such support  this charitable activity would not be possible.

For information about Sailability see You Tube Access Sailing Blairgowrie and Sailability Thanks BYS

 Further information from Coordinator Brian Jones ; 0466 273 874

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