THE Midway Point Yacht Club (MPYC) is launching into a new sailing season, with the club’s official opening day for the 2021/22 season to be held on Sunday 26 September.
A family-based sailing club, MPYC was established in 1968 and was awarded the Tasmanian Yacht Club of the Year in 2017.
The club caters for all ages and the works it has undertaken in recent years have provided benefits for both club members and the wider community.
Work has included new boat storage sheds, observation deck that provides an excellent viewing platform when functions and regattas are held, and major upgrades to the kitchen area, change rooms and toilet facilities.
“The club boasts some of the best facilities in the state, which has been mirrored in comments from fellow sailors visiting the club from both around the state and interstate,” MPYC commodore and treasurer Stephen Miller said.
MPYC, located at 34 Brady Street in Midway Point, operates family friendly general sailing, competitive racing and training, with the sailing calendar running on Sundays from late September until the Easter break.
The club offers sail training for all ages in the club’s own boats, which includes Bic Open, Sabre and Pacers, and is supervised by accredited training officers.
The training sessions for 2021/22 kicked off on 19 September with a sail training introduction and registration day at the club.
Weekly training starts on Sunday 3 October from 9am until 11am and continues for 10 weeks.
In addition to weekly trophy and pennant races, the club’s sailing calendar includes the annual Pittwater Regatta, which will be sailed on 4 and 5 December.
Recent work by club members has resulted in the purchase of three new pacer dinghies, complimenting other training boats which assist the training program ran by the club.
The pacer training boats were purchased with help from a grant from the Tasmanian Government.
The club also offers access to its launch ramp and jetty to power boat and personal watercraft owners.
“We especially encourage new families to the area to come and have a look and get involved with this community-based club,” Mr Miller said.
“This season at MPYC will be bigger and better than ever, and the club invites anyone interested in sailing or training, or simply to have a drink and a chat, to come down to the club.”
For more information, visit https://midwaypointyachtclub.yachting.org.au/home/ or the Midway Point Yacht Club Facebook page, or phone Commodore Steve Miller on 0406 864 602 or Vice-Commodore Michael Verrier on 0400 892 129.