Trailable yacht will gather in Melbourne’s Docklands once again for its season opening event on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.
The event builds on the success of the last three years where over 70 sailors with trailable yachts have attended a dinner to celebrate the start of sailing season and participate in the Bob Couper memorial nautical trivia quiz, sponsored by Cruising Helmsman.
Bob Couper was a legendary and regular contributor to CH with his column, `Ideas locker’ and his later book `Cruising essential’.
The sailing quiz is now being conducted annually in honour of the legacy he left behind and last year’s quiz winner, Kevin Corcoran of the Melbourne Trailable Yacht Club, is this year’s quiz master.
Some trailable yacht participants take the opportunity to extend the event into a long weekend with a cruise from destinations around Port Phillip, take adventage of a special two night stay in City of Melbourne’s Marina and a return sail back to Port Phillip destinations after weekend.
In addition to the Saturday evening dinner, a `Discover sailing’ day is planned for Sunday 18 october and the general public is invited to come and try sailing on a range of trailable yacht on a Victoria Harbour. There will be a number of trailable yachts on trailers exhibited on the waterfront promenade which will help demonstrate the versatility of a trailable yacht.
The event is being coordinated by Yachting Victoria’s Trailable Yacht Division with assistance from clubs and associations.
The Discover Sailing event at Dockland is free for the general public to attend and provides a great opportunity to learn more about joining the social trailable yacht community. Information about learn to sail courses and some specific trailable yacht syllabus modules being developed will also be available at the Discover Sailing event. (gin/ms).