Monday 21 April 2014

Home Graphical | News Text | Powerboat-World | Event Calendar | Photo Gallery | Cruising Oz | Cruising USA | Cruising Canada | BoatsPlus | SW Aus | Cruising Int | Magnetic Is RW | Newsletter Subscription Here | Search Sail-World -- Youngsters have fun capsizing on River Derwent

Youngsters have fun capsizing on River Derwent    
Sat, 23 Mar 2013

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania held a Tacker training session yesterday, Saturday 23rd March, on the River Derwent.

Having no sight in one eye and impaired vision in the other is proving no handicap to nine-year-old Hobart lad Hamish Menzie’s enthusiasm to become a racing dinghy sailor.

Hamish, a Year 2 students at Saint Virgil’s College, was one of a dozen youngsters who practised capsizing an Opti dinghy on the windy waters of the River Derwent yesterday as part of learning to sail under Yacht Australia’s Tackers programme.

Each of the young sailors, helped by national youth sailboard champion Jock Calvert, donned wet suits and went through the drill of capsizing, then righting, an Opti.

'I really love getting out on the water and sailing an Opti,' said a rather drenched Hamish, who was introduced to sailing and the Tackers programme while at St Mary’s College by physical education teacher Greg Rowlings.

'I’ve already logged ten hours in the Tackers 1 programme,' a proud young Hamish said as he rigged an Opti for the capsize drill, before donning his wet suit and life jacket. 'We are learning how to sail safely, learning the ropes and then I hope to move up to more advanced sailing and even racing…and I love it!'

Rowlings, who is also Tackers training and development officer for Yachting Tasmania, saw sailing as a safer but active sport in which Hamish could compete and enjoy. 'He is one of the best youngsters I seen come into Tackers; it’s not a matter of what he can’t do, but what he can and will do well.'

'A private benefactor has given Hamish a grant through Sailability to get the right equipment and learn to sail under the Tackers programme through the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania,' Rowlings said.

Hamish father, Kaine Menzie, added: 'Hamish is an outgoing, sporty type kid who loves Aussie Rules, but sailing is a much safer for him than taking part in a contact sport. If he continues to love the sport I see myself getting involved in sailing, too.'

Tackers is a mass participation sailing program aimed at introducing children aged 7 to 12 to sailing in a fun, safe, accessible and affordable way. The program offers children the opportunity to start on a pathway to ongoing involvement in clubs through gradually progressing over several seasons.

Clubs throughout Australia have embraced Tackers, as a key participation program for Yachting Australia to ensure clubs are able to grow through engagement of children and their families.

There are three levels of Tackers:

Tackers 1 - Having Fun
Tackers 2 – Tricks and Techniques
Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast!

Certainly, the kids taking part in the Tackers program at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania were ‘having fun’ yesterday.

by Peter Campbell

Our advertisers are committed to our sport, please support them! (Graphics)
Contact us , ph: +61 2 8006 1873, , fax: +61 2 8076 0459 or complete our feedback form. View our Privacy Policy. Photographs are copyright by law, if you wish to use a photograph from, please Contact us. [Go Home(Graphics)]
Make Australia my default page.    Make Cruising International my default page.  Make Cruising Australia my default page.  Make Asia my default page.   Make New Zealand my default page.   Make UK my default page.   Make USA my default page.  

Visit another region : Sail-World Australia    Sail-World Cruising International   Sail-World Cruising Australia   Sail-World Asia   Sail-World New Zealand   Sail-World UK   Sail-World USA - Workforce
OneSails is the culmination of over 35 years of experience accumulated by our team in design and technology applied to sail-making.
[More info]

GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers.
[More info]

Navionics Australia
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology
[More info]

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe.
[More info]

Ullman Sails Australia
The Ullman Sails Australia team provides service to customers all over Australia with four main locations in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and the Whitsundays.
[More info]

VicSail Sydney
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”.
[More info]