Launching into a new sailing season

THE launch of the 2016/17 sailing season was no ordinary event for the Midway Point Yacht Club (MPYC), as it used the occasion to officially open its brand new clubroom facilities.

The redevelopment, which was made possible through a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF), included a new boat storage shed, deck and a major upgrade of the change rooms and toilet facilities.

MPYC treasurer Stephen Miller said the club could now boast the best facilities in the state.

“This redevelopment has transformed the clubhouse area, allowing us to take on bigger events,” he said.

“On top of the storage area is a large eight-metre by eight-metre deck, which almost doubles the floor space of the club and provides an excellent viewing platform when we hold functions and regattas.

“During the past few seasons, the club has also added artificial grass to the rigging area, placed treated pine poles around the jetty, upgraded the canteen, including a shop-style display fridge, and new tables and chairs on the deck.

“We would like to thank to TCF and the group of dedicated club volunteers who put in the extra hours of work to help this extension come to fruition.”

Labor Member for Lyons Rebecca White officially opened the new state-of-the-art buildings on Sunday 2 October.

Ms White was joined by Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent, Yachting Tasmania’s Richard McMinn, MPYC members and guests.

Cr Vincent said the club was an excellent example of what could be achieved when members put their minds to it.

“The MPYC is a fantastic family-based club that has been working towards upgrading its facilities for a number of years,” he said.

“The club caters for all ages and the works it has undertaken have provided much benefit for both club members and the wider community alike.

“The upgrades it has managed with a limited budget and its ability to attract national titles shows the dedication and professionalism of all those people who are involved in running the club.

“I sincerely commend the MPYC members for everything they have achieved.”

In addition to the weekly trophy and pennant races, the club’s upcoming sailing calendar includes the annual Pittwater Regatta, which will be sailed in the first weekend of December and the NS14 National Titles, to be held from 3-7 January 2017 at MPYC.

Mr Miller said the club’s members were “blown away” by the transformation of the clubhouse.

“This season should be a big one at MPYC and we invite anyone interested in sailing or training to come down to the club and check it out,” he said.

MPYC operates on Sundays from October until the end of March and is located at 40 Brady Street, Midway Point.

For more information, phone Stephen Miller on 0406 864 602.

Caption: The Midway Point Yacht Club has unveiled its new clubroom facilities made possible through a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.