Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad

Festival of Sails - Variety families try sailing

by Lisa Ratcliff on 29 Jan 2012
Festival Of Sails 2012, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Geelong. Variety children enjoying a splash on the waterfront Teri Dodds/ Festival of Sails © http://www.festivalofsails.com.au/
The partnership between the Festival of Sails and Variety, the Children’s Charity is giving disadvantaged and special needs children the chance to taste a little of what is going on further out in Corio Bay.

While the 3000 or so yachties are mixing it up out in the Bay on the penultimate day of competition, others such as the Pearson family of 10 children, are thrilled to have their first sailing experience off Eastern Beach next to Royal Geelong Yacht Club, the Festival’s host club.

For the second year, Variety, a national not-for-profit organisation empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, is the Festival’s charity of choice and for the first time, the Come and Try Sailing program has been opened up to Variety families.

The Pearsons’ 10 children are aged 15 to one with two boys and eight girls including the last board, Zahlee, who is undiagnosed but falls under the cerebral palsy umbrella.

All 10 children hit the beach this morning, most donning life jackets to try sailing an Optimist dinghy under the expert tutelage of an instructor.

'The kids love the water and they are confident, this is teaching them about the sea and how to read the water,' said John.

He’s happy to talk about being the head of a large family, 'I always wanted a big family, but that’s it for us,' said the retail manager.

'It adds a whole new meaning to ‘witching hour,’' he laughed, referring to that time in the early evening when dinner is being prepared and the house is humming with activity.

Variety Victoria events manager, Janette Connolly, said, 'We are very grateful to the Festival of Sails for their continued support of Variety and the Variety Splash.

'Thanks to the support of the Victorian boating community we have been able to help many Victorian yacht clubs with their Sailability and Tackers programs, which have been a great way to get children with special needs and disabilities out on the water.'

Festival of Sails event manager Bianca Garo has coordinated the families participating in the Try Sailing Program and after a flurry of phone calls was able to introduce children’s entertainer Justine Clark to some of the Variety children this morning.

'It’s a wonderful way to introduce Variety families to sailing at the Festival of Sails. Their faces coming off the water says it all, and those who met Justine were ecstatic,' said Bianca.

'It’s also great to see a number of our Splashers enjoying the Festival,' she added.
Lancer Industries - Lasts LongerSafety at Sea - Baltic - 2Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Hoisted on their own petard
Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear... Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear in World Sailing’s premier event, the Sailing World Cup. In that time, a flurry of material has espoused all manner of joyous points including travel grants and prize money. That’s terrific and the hope is that somehow this will overcome the tyranny of distance for Melbourne
Posted on 9 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May