Yacht Club sailing season opens in Soldiers Point

Jason Russell performing the Smoking Ceremony at the official opening of the sailing season. Photo: Marian Sampson.

ON Saturday 2 September the Port Stephens Yacht Club officially opened the sailing season with an event in Soldiers Point.

A stirring Welcome to Country was offered by Worimi Elder John Ridgeway OAM, during which he asked attendees to walk as one together.

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Mr Ridgeway is a passionate custodian of the Worimi language, the conservation of the Stockton sand dunes, and Port Stephens’ unique Indigenous heritage.

A singer/songwriter, he also performed his original song ‘Worimi Man’ at the event.

Micheal Kirby, Commodore of the Port Stephens Yacht Club told News Of The Area, “It is the opening of the sailing season 2023/2024 and today is our sail/motor past.”

Mr Kirby went on to thank the Commonwealth Government for a recently awarded grant of $8000 through the Stronger Communities Program for refurbishments at the clubhouse.

Also in attendance were Port Stephens Councillor Leah Anderson, and Ben van der Wijngaart, Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Port Stephens.

Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington sent her apologies.

Wednesday and Saturday afternoon racing can be watched from this week with the fleet sailing various courses around Salamander Bay, Tanilba Bay and on some occasions out to Shoal Bay and offshore.

The fleet comprises everything from yachts just under 5 metres, through to 17 metre catamarans.

It also includes trimarans as well as various different monohulls.

Anyone wishing to try sailing is encouraged to contact the club.


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