Opening Day 2017 at Port Lincoln Yacht Club is shaping up to be another exciting event this year.
Saturday, October 14 will see the club become a hive of activity.
The day will feature a "sail past" of Peter Teakle’s boat, the Battler yacht club members' vessels at 2.30pm.
This colourful event features all skippers and crew saluting dignitaries aboard the Battler.
Included will be Yacht Club Commodore Mary Clark, Vice Commodore Craig Bascombe and other flag officers, as well as visiting officers from other South Australian yacht clubs.
“Peter is a very generous sponsor of our club, and the are very grateful that he is hosting the officials and invited guests on his boat,” Commodore Clark said.
This will be followed by a harbour race traditionally known as The Commodore's Cup.
The spacious upstairs balcony will be open to the public in the afternoon and is a great vantage spot for spectators to watch the race.
The club’s upstairs bar will be open from 12.30pm, and of course, all life-members, members past and present and all visitors are welcome at the yacht club for 6pm that evening, when a gourmet schnitzel prepared by chef Damian Mrdjen will be available.
Among the many exciting events planned for this year's sailing season is the club’s Learn To Sail program on Saturday mornings and the Team-Sailing program in conjunction with St Joseph's School, culminating in regional, state and national sailing regattas.
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Local dinghy sailing has a long history of success, from local events right through to international competitions.
Saturday morning's program is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn entry-level sailing, which has traditionally led to many young sailors gaining real competitive skills.
For those interested in learning to sail on a keel-boat, that is, a larger yacht of over 10m, local businessman Peter Teakle has generously made two Sydney 32 sail boats available for the season.
This gives locals a great opportunity to learn sailing skills safely from some accomplished local skippers, while enjoying an exciting afternoon on the water.
Port Lincoln Yacht Club is expecing to see a strong numbers of boats on the water this year, especially in the Optimists, International Cadets and Sharpie classes.
They are looking forward to having many local visitors join them in the club's Opening Day celebrations.
For anyone who is interested in finding out more about sailing at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club, phone Andy Dyer on 0428 837275, visit the club’s Facebook page or head to the website at www.plyc.com.au.