A Sailing Voyage!

It seems only yesterday that Sarah Johnson walked across the footbridge to Chambers Island - a young lady just entering her teenage years, and wanting to try this sailing thing as an Adventure Sailor. She enjoyed the experience and was soon regularly crewing for then-Commodore Gard in a Club Pacer, learning some boat and racing skills.

The following season saw Sarah move into her Uncle Bob’s old wooden Sabot, but she was determined to keep up with some pretty competent Opti sailors we had at that time. I had the pleasure of taking her out in my Thorpe one day, and although we capsized under spinnaker at the second gybe mark, she clambered back in and finished the afternoon’s racing in impressive fashion in a difficult-to-sail boat.

Always growing as a teenager, Sarah moved into a Laser 4.7, and and her determination led to some impressive performances in this boat. Participation in some Laser regattas, and some sailing at RQYS for experience led to her inclusion in the Queensland Youth Training Squad and High Performance coaching sessions.

Sarah has always had wider visions of her sailing, and taken opportunities that arose. She became involved with the Mooloolaba Yacht Club Elliot’s Match Racing scene, and their Women’s Keel-Boat program, which led to participation in regattas in Brisbane and inter-state, and also opened up crewing in Etchells at Mooloolaba

Following an invitation, Sarah had the offer last weekend of a crew position for her first Ocean Race - the Bass Strait dash from Melbourne to King Island on the Melbourne yacht Faster Forward - an experience which has her enthusiastic for more!

This weekend, she joins her MYC Women’s Squad team-mates (including Maroochy members Tanya Kelly and Eloise Jessett) at Manly Yacht Club's 24th annual Helly Hansen Women's Challenge.

We have seen less of Sarah on the Maroochy these past couple of years, but she dusts off the Laser on occasions to enjoy our waters and competition. Sarah now manages the difficult task of balancing the demands of study with participation in Sailing at competitive levels and the training required. However, her family’s commitment to sailing at Maroochy has now been taken on by her young cousin Baden who is already showing he has the aptitude and focus to take on the sailing world too.

Sarah’s story well illustrates the pathways that can arise within our Sport for the young sailor who is prepared to commit and follow through. And whilst Sarah’s shown she’s organised and skilled, her cheerful good-natured personality has also been a vital ingredient to opening up these and many more sailing opportunities!

Good luck Tanya, Sarah and Eloise!

Sailing - Sunday 17 March (update)

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With another Head of the River sailed, Maroochy returns to Club activities again this Sunday - 17 March

Morning - Tackers 2 Training, and Green Fleet Training. Rigging 9.30am

— Youth Laser Training with Indie Laborie - Rigged by 9.30am

Afternoon - Long Course Racing - 2 Heats with a Briefing at 1.00pm.

Graeme has kindly offered to be the RO for the afternoon racing. An assistant would be appreciated.

Also an opportunity for another Youth to follow Baden’s lead and sample an afternoon in the Committee Boat - he reports an interesting and enjoyable afternoon a few weeks ago, learning about Starting and Finishing procedures and what the flags really mean! Remember that Average points are awarded in the Race Competition .


A Reminder that the Mooloolaba Triathalon has scheduled Road Closures on Sunday morning which may impact upon your journey to the Club. For further details check the Traffic Brochure. (click)

Maroochy Head of the River Results

Thanks to the sailors in the 34 boats that competed in the 2019 Maroochy Head of the River. Light to moderate East to North-East breezes provided the driving power as the boats sailed first to the Northern end of Goat Island and after rounding the windward mark, headed upstream to the buoy located just past the mouth of Petrie Creek.

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Race times were generally 2 - 3 hours with the Junior sailors sailing 1 lap while the Senior sailors sailed 2 laps of the course. A sunny day, with a high tide in the Maroochy provided fantastic viewing of the shallows as the fleet navigated the Channels toward the eastern end of the course. While the Racing Fleet explored the Maroochy, Youth from our Tackers 2 and 3 Training squads had their own special on-water activities.

Congratulations to Overall Champions Marcel Klastmanyi (Junior) and Phil Gray (Senior) but everyone who participated was a winner!

Special Thanks to all the Club Members and parents who helped with the organisation of the Event and provided logistical support on the water!

Full Results are now posted on our Result webpage.

Gard has provided a few photographs, and Nandor snapped boats as they rounded the top mark which he was monitoring!

Tackers @ Maroochy @ Easter Holidays

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Maroochy Sailing Club are offering two Tackers programs over the upcoming Easter School Holidays.

First week of the holiday fortnight, we are running a Tackers 1 program for 7 - 12 year olds.

This will be followed in the second week, by a Tackers 2 course for those young sailors who have completed an Introductory Tackers 1 course. or equivalent. This is the first time we have offered a 4 day Tackers 2 course in lieu of a fortnightly Sunday morning program.

Further details can be found on our Tackers webpage .

Previous Tackers courses have been very popular, and as numbers are strictly limited, registrations should be made as early as possible to secure a place in either program.

Instructor/Assistant Instructor Course

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The club has arranged with Australia Sailing to hold a Dinghy Instructor and Assistant Instructor Course from our club house over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June this year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a qualified Instructor or Assistant and help the club grow. The club also provides financial assistance in some cases. Other prerequisites for the Instructors are Blue Card, 1st Aid and Power Boat Handling course. No prerequisites are required for the Assistants course.

If you are interested, please contact Graeme for further information  -  gs.hattrick@gmail.com

School's Sailing

Maroochy’s School’s Sailing Program involves students from Sunshine Coast Grammar School and a few other schools using our Pacer Dinghies one afternoon a week after school to develop and practise their sailing skills.

Great shot of two crews having a match race back to the Clubhouse at the conclusion of their training session. Looks like some Right-of-Way decisions coming up!

Will the Blue Mainsail Pacer on Port Tack be able to cross clear ahead of the Starboard Tacking Pacer (2) which has the Right-of-Way?

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Tackers Gallery

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A gallery of photographs compiled from a number of different Tackers Courses has beem added to our Photographic Gallery pages.

Since the arrival of our Tackers Dinghies in August 2017, they have certainly been well used, and given a lot of enjoyment and learning to our younger novice sailors.

Our first Tackers 1 Course for 2019 commences on 22 January and is fully booked.