Following the wonderfully successful school sailing program conducted in March of this year, Wyndham Harbour is proudly hosting another school sailing program for local school Alamanda College. The six-week training program is under the guidance and curriculum of Australian Sailing, the parent body for sailing in this country.
Australian Sailing is recognised by the International Sailing Federation as the governing body for the sport of sailing in Australia. The Yachting Australia training department facilitates yachting national training schemes for the industry
The Alamanda College program will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays only, commencing on Monday 15 October 2018 and finishing on Tuesday 27 October 2018.
Instructors from Australian Sailing and staff from Alamanda College will be on site all week for the activity and to supervise the kids. They are expected to arrive each day at 0800 to 1600 hours with on-water operations scheduled to begin at 0900 and conclude at 1500 hours daily.
With all this on-water activity, access to your boat and our waterway should not be impacted, however, we do suggest that you exercise patience with a touch of empathy for these young kids as most are trying sailing for the very first time.
As such, we ask you to exercise caution when entering and departing your berth and the marina entrance channel during this time. Trained instructors will be on the water in both the Wyndham Harbour RIB (inflatable) and in other vessels to assist and ensure safe passage for both boat owners and the kids. So if your planning on heading out during class times, just get one of the instructors’ attention and they will move the kids to give you a clear passage.
The sailing event will run smoothly and we have the utmost faith in the crew from Australian Sailing who have conducted this program here at Wyndham Harbour already and at many other marinas around Australia. They will ensure that our marina berth owners and marina tenants are not disadvantaged in any way.
Shortly, Sailing Australia will provide an informal chart showing probable areas of operation, naturally dependent on prevailing winds. Their staff will set the course and control the on-water activity each day. Staff, instructors and students will also be using marina berths D30 to D44. They will be storing dinghies on the fingers overnight and leaving the main walkway clear. Showers in the marina lounge will be used and Ramae’s Cafe Lounge will host sessions, should the weather force the classroom inside for theory sessions.
To contact our staff on-water they will be operating on VHF Channel 72 and marina staff will be available to assist in monitoring that channel as well.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Adam Gristwood from Australian Sailing.
Club Services Officer – Boatshed Operations
T: +61 3 9088 7207
M: +61 425 860 865
Wyndham Harbour wishes to thank berth owner Blake Jobson for his assistance in making this event possible. Cheers Blake.
I urge all berth owners, boat owners and Wyndham Harbour residents to make the students and staff from Alamanda College, together with the staff and the instructors from Australian Sailing feel very welcome both on and off the water here at Wyndham Harbour, as they bring sailing once again to the WEST.
Should you have any questions, please contact Darren at the marina office on 03) 9233-8530.
Safe Boating Always,
Wyndham Harbour Marina Management