Sailability 2016

sailability 2015

Mordialloc Sailing Club ran two major Sailabilty Events post-Christmas

The Yarrabah program was again a fantastic success. The final session was on Friday 29th April and parents and Yarrabah staff attended for a BBQ and presentation. 12 students completed the 6 week program. All developed increased confidence (quote from Matthew Harris, Principal:  “A lot of the students are demonstrating more independence and I put a lot of this down to this program.  A number of students have developed helming skills including sailing a course independently to windward. Well done team.

On Sunday March 20th a full day introduction to sailing program was run for Rossbourne School. 20 students participated with parents in attendance. 5 Pacers and 1 Hansa were used in two sessions pre and post lunch. All parents had the opportunity to go out on our rescue craft and view their children in action. Highly successful. Lots of positive feedback (From a parent: “The sailing day today was an absolutely wonderful opportunity for both Rossbourne students and their families. Mordialloc Sailing Club was well organised and resourced for our visit and the instructors were so welcoming, organised and generous with their time. My son Matthew had a fantastic day and left feeling very positive and happy about his participation in sailing and is keen to sail again in the future Thank you so very much for your efforts in organising such a fabulous event”). Rossbourne now seeking a program similar to the Yarrabah program with another club. Currently in discussion with Docklands Yacht Club. We are also likely to get some students join our Saturday morning training. Thanks to all involved in an amazing day.

A huge thank you to all volunteers who participated in and supported these programs. We have an enviable reputation within both the local and sailing communities when it comes to the quality and generosity of our volunteers and the standard and outcomes of the programs we offer.

Coming up:

  • Volunteers’ morning – Berendale Students Beyond the School Gates & Local Ticket To Work Network Friday 12th Aug 2016
  • Yarrabah program November 2016
  • Rossbourne Day  March 2017 (TBC)

Malcolm Parsons

Sailabilty Coordinator