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Sails raised at Lindisfarne

THE winds have started to blow at the Lindisfarne Sailing Club, with the club launching their sailing program ahead of the 2020/21 sailing season.

The open day for the club will be held on Sunday 27 September with a social day that will include a barbecue, a short race and a sail pass.

Training coordinator Matt Westland said the sailing program for the season would include a learn to sail course for juniors (aged 8 to 16) and adults.

“You can start off in boats like the Optimist if you’re between eight and 15 years of age – it’s an easy boat to learn to sail in,” he said.

“Then you can progress up to a Pacer dinghy, which can be used by families so a parent and child come sail together.”

Mr Westland said sailing was a great sport to take up as it could be anything a person wanted it to be.

“It can be adventure, it can be competition, it can be a social thing, or it can be a soulful thing where you’re just drifting in the bay, forgetting about your worldly woes and interacting with the weather, the waves, the sunshine and the wind,” he said.

“One of the best things about sailing is the sense of freedom you have.

“Many people come along and sail, but they’re also just happy to meet their mates and have good yarn.”

Lindisfarne Sailing Club secretary and treasurer Kim Qiu said it was a family club and was focused on helping people enjoy sailing.

“It’s a good social environment and it’s great for the community, especially for the kids if they want to enjoy outdoor activities,” she said.

“It keeps the community sense alive by having people come together and sailing together, and all the people here try and help each other.

“All the people here are very generous and very determined in what they’re doing, they all have passions, and it provokes a very positive atmosphere for members to join.”

Twelve-year-old Reban Bernstein-Finster has been sailing for about six years and was excited to get back out on the water.

“There’s nothing like sailing with a fleet and having races – I think it’s a wonderful thing to do,” he said.

“The feeling of being able to go out on the river, and whether it’s just sailing a race or sailing to Cornelian Bay, it’s a really nice way to get around.

“I’ve made a lot friends because of sailing and I’ve met so many people – they always say hi and we talk about sailing because that’s what we do.”

For more information visit http://lindisfarnesailingclub.org.au/ or the Lindisfarne Sailing Club Facebook page.