THE start of the new sailing season is an extra special occasion for the Midway Point Yacht Club (MPYC) this year as the family-based sailing club officially marks 50-years of operation.
MPYC, which caters to all ages, has been in continuous operation since 1968 and was awarded the Tasmanian Yacht Club of the Year in 2017.
A range of works undertaken in recent years has provided benefits for both club members and the wider community, including new boat storage sheds, observation deck and major upgrades to the kitchen area, changerooms and toilet facilities.
The observation deck is a large eight-metre by eight-metre area, which almost doubles the floor space of the club and provides an excellent viewing platform when functions and regattas are held.
MPYC treasurer Stephen Miller said the club now boasted the best facilities in the state.
He said this had been mirrored in comments from fellow sailors visiting the club from both around Tasmania and interstate.
MPYC currently operates competitive family-friendly general sailing, racing and training.
The club’s sailing calendar runs on Sundays from October until the end of March and is located at 34 Brady Street, Midway Point.
In addition to weekly trophy and pennant races, the club’s upcoming sailing calendar includes the annual Pittwater Regatta, which will be sailed on the weekend of 24 and 25 November.
MPYC offers sail training for all ages in the club’s own boats Bic Open, Sabot, Sabre and the brand-new Pacers and is supervised by accredited training officers.
The training sessions for 2018/19 will kick off with sail training introduction and registration day at the club on Sunday 23 September from 12noon to 4pm.
“This is a great opportunity for new and prospective members to come to the club and inspect the facilities, meet the training instructors and get the opportunity to go for a sail and sign up for training, which starts the following week,” Mr Miller said.
“Be assured you will be made welcome.”
The opening day of the 2018/19 sailing season will be held on Sunday 30 September from 10.30am.
Mr Miller said recent great work at the club had resulted in the purchase of three new Pacer dinghies.
“This purchase complements other training boats, which will assist the great training program that we run at the club,” he said.
“These new Pacer training boats have been purchased due to a generous financial grant from the Tasmanian Government.
“We offer access to our launch ramp and jetty to power boat and personal water craft owners.
“We especially encourage new families to the area to come and have a look and get involved with our water activities.
“This season at MPYC will be bigger and better than ever.”
MYYC invites anyone interested in sailing, training or simply to have a drink and a chat to visit the club.
Volunteers are also welcome.
For more information, visit the MPYC website at www.midwaypointyachtclub.yachting.org.au or phone the MPYC Commodore Michael Verrier on 0400 892 129.
Caption: The 2018/19 sailing season will kick off later this month.