sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 90-years-young and still skippering her own sailing boat
90-years-young and still skippering her own sailing boat

'Anne von Gizycki - photo by Martin Reddy'    .

How old is too old to go sailing? To skipper your own sailboat? There's one Australian woman who might be nearly the oldest sailor in the world to be skippering her own sailing boat.

Parkdale Yacht Club -  .. .  
Parkdale Yacht Club sails off the beach in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay and specialises in such boats as Arrow and Cobra Catamarans, Flying Ant Skiffs, Lasers and Minnows.

But one of their oldest sailors, Anne von Gizycki, 90, claims that she has never been interested in competitive sailing. 'I only do it for the fun of it and the love of being on the water,' she told Truelocal. However, there's no lacking in passion as her eyes light up when she climbs on to her sailboat, Tailwagger.

The Parkdale Yacht Club member has just celebrated her 90th birthday, yet age hasn't stopped her from continuing to set sail out on Port Phillip Bay.

Ms von Gizycki, who joined the club in the 1970s, admits her days of sailing are slowing down, although speed on the water was never her thing.

'I've never been keen on the racing side of things, and I never won anything anyway,' she continued. 'I wasn't ambitious enough to go out and really race, I just can't be bothered.

Club commodore Jim Kariotis said Ms von Gizycki was loved by everyone at the club, which threw a big birthday bash for her impressive milestone.

'She was part of the furniture at the club even when I sailed as a kid,' Mr Kariotis said, 'She was always telling us kids off or hugging us and telling us how gorgeous we all were.'

It is not known how long Ms von Gizycki's sailboat Tailwagger, named in honour of her fondness for dogs, will continue to sail with the club, but even if she is not actually sailing, Ms von Gizycki will certainly continue to be part of Parkdale Yacht Club.

'You couldn't meet a nicer, warmer and more helpful group of people,' she said, 'It really is like a family here and I love it.'

Are there any other inspiring sailors out there to compete on age with Mrs von Gizycki? Sail-World Cruising would love to hear from you.


by Truelocal/Sail-World

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98661

1:32 AM Tue 19 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT