Ready for the rescue

THE Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC) is primed and ready for the rescue following the purchase of a 90hp outboard motor for its rescue boat.

LYC commodore Darren Flanagan said the new outboard – purchased with funding assistance from the State Government – had made the club’s rescue boat much safer.

“The times when the rescue boat is needed the most is when conditions are at their worst,” he said.

“With the larger motor, the boat is now able to maintain its speed regardless of the weather, equipment on board and number of volunteers.

“As LYC has an ever-growing junior program, it has become more important than ever for the rescue boat to be able to operate in all conditions.”

The $8,390 in funding for the new motor was delivered under the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Minor Grants program.

Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said thanks to the State Government funding, club members could confidently head out into the water in the event of an accident.

“As a not-for-profit community association, the Lauderdale Yacht Club has provided excellent recreational opportunities for the local community for more than 30-years, particularly through teaching younger people water safety and sailing skills,” she said.

“Supporting community groups such as the Lauderdale Yacht Club is part of the Liberal’s long-term plan to help build a Tasmania we can all be proud of.

“In the past, we have assisted the club to provide the community with these important services by providing a $50,000 grant.

“This allowed them to purchase new training boats for young sailing students, as well as a rubber dinghy patrol boat to supervise the junior fleet.

“The club’s new Open Bic boats are not only safer on the water, but are excellent for students learning to sail.

“They are also virtually indestructible, meaning they will be used for many years to come, especially for sailing camps.

“I am proud to support the Lauderdale Yacht Club and its many members, both young and old, to enjoy the water safely.”

The Lauderdale Yacht Club welcomes junior members aged seven-years and above and is keen to hear from schools, parents or anyone interested in sailing.

For more information, visit www.lauderdaleyachtclub.com.

Caption: Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma with members of the Lauderdale Yacht Club.

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