Docklands Yacht Club
The Sailability "Sailing For Everyone" philosophy has been wholeheartedly adopted by DYC and growing inclusive participation remains an enormous opportunity. The protected nature of the Docklands waterway and the club's fleet of Hansa dinghies are ideal for introductory sailing programs and the development of basic skills for people of all abilities.
With the club's unique location, surrounded by a new emerging community and a broader metropolitan catchment area, there is tremendous potential for growing participation in recreational sailing and introductory racing. At the same time, building membership and the pool of volunteers.
An ongoing participation and recreational sailing program, including the accompanying social activity, is seen as the core of DYC's future.
Royal Talbot visits the Docklands Yacht Club
On Wednesday the 22nd of February, patients and staff from Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre visited the Docklands Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing and to learn more about the Club. The conditions were sunny with a tricky and gutsy northerly breeze which made for some spirited sailing!!
The Docklands Yacht Club using a new community sailing sailing model. The club owns all of the boats, lifejackets and equipment. Use of the boats is covered in the annual membership fee. If you want to come and try sailing, or are a visitor to Melbourne looking for a unique view of the city casual day sailing is also availble.
The other unique aspect of the Docklands Yacht is its fleet of Hansa Dinghies, which have a ballasted centre board making them stable and ideal for first time sailors or sailors with a disability. In the context of inclusive sailing, the single fleet is ideal as all people, regardless of ability, are completing on a level playing field. On the water everyone is equal.
A selection of Images from the sailing day are available from PhotoAbility
Docklands Yacht Club runs regular 'Come Try Racing' days to encourage sailors to take the next step into competition. These are friendly, stress-free days where instruction and practical programs are offered to help sailors take the first steps into racing. DYC members are also active in regattas sailed at other clubs and State and National Championships. They also run a Short Course racing season throughout Summer.
Visitors and new members are most welcome. Come along to their regular sailing days on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 11am till 4pm.
For more information see the Club website at http://www.docklands.yachting.org.au