New classroom for Worser Bay sailing programme

New classroom for Worser Bay sailing programme

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Hundreds turned out for the first-ever carnival held at Worser Bay PHOTO: MERIANA JOHNSEN

Worser Bay Boating Club raised $45,000 at its recent carnival and auction to fund a new classroom for teaching young people to sail.

The club’s first carnival,held mid-March, saw hundreds turn out to participate in boat races, face painting, digging competitions and a charity auction, to surpass the original fundraising goal of $10,000.

“We were really pleased with the whole weekend and were both surprised and delighted by the huge crowd that came to the carnival,” Commodore Dean Stanley said.

“The classroom will be the new facility for schools to use for the water safety and marine education activities,” he said.

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A couple of young sailors bring the boat in after a long day of racing PHOTO: MERIANA JOHNSEN

The club’s Boat and Beach Wise programme runs in conjunction with local schools, to provide free sailing and safety education for children in the area.

“There is not enough of it if you look at the number of boating deaths,” club Captain Nigel Lloyd said.

In addition to the new classroom facility, the money raised will fund a community programme called Start Sailing, to encourage people of all ages to give the sport a go.

“We are looking to see how inclusive we can make Worser Bay as a hub,” Lloyd said.

The day was also an opportunity to show off the plans for the new Worser Bay club facilities and encourage the community to use the clubrooms, which often “stand empty” on weekends.

The club has been the start for many sailing careers, including current Emirates Team New Zealand member Josh Junior who was celebrity guest on the carnival day and was on hand to provide some unconventional advice to young sailors.

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Josh Junior gives some advice to young sailors PHOTO: MERIANA JOHNSEN

“If you want to be in the America’s Cup, play PlayStation and go cycling,” he joked.

He was referring to the new Emirates boat that uses pedal-power now instead of the sailors using their arms to power the boat.

“I’m a good sailor but I’m just the strength – its better for me,” he said.

Whilst Junior prepares to compete in Bermuda this month, he still enjoyed the social side of sailing.

“Sailing doesn’t have to be competitive, it’s just about having fun and hanging with mates.”

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