Monday, March 16, 2009

Vagabond Sailing Days at Tingira

Sunday is the day for Vagabonds at the Tingira Boat Club.

Whenever the tide is suitable, you can find a dedicated group of enthusiasts down there rigging our fleet of six Vagabonds.
Currently, we are trying to start with an hour or two of social sailing for Club members and any member of the public who would like to try his/her hand at sailing. Our qualified instructors are always available to give them a hand and we have a safety boat in the water at all times.

We would like to see more and more of our members try out these little boats and get a feel for small dinghy sailing. Our beautiful Moreton Bay foreshore is sitting there, just waiting for us to put our boats in.
We are really keen to encourage the children of the island to get into sailing and hope to get together with the local primary school to organise sailing lessons during this year.
We run sailing schools several times a year under the auspices of Yachting Australia and last Sunday saw us undertake a towing assignment in order to complete our log books. Certificates should be in the mail in the near future.

Our new fave is Vagabond racing, which started last Sunday, 15th March. We had five boats in the first heat and six in the second heat, with Mike Stephens and Russell winning the first heat and Guy Hickey and Peter Deane winning the second heat. This racing is in its infancy at present but there is a great deal of interest.

After the sailing, there is the post mortem and the bbq. Some members bring their own meat and salad, whilst others rely on Barry's burgers or a sausage in a bun, supplied at excellent prices by El Providore. And the bar opens at noon.
What more could you ask?
... possibly a beautiful Moreton Bay sunset, such as the one on the left. Even the dead mangroves look beautiful in this light!

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