Esperance Bay Yacht Club encourages new members to take up sailing

Esperance is a world class destination for dinghy sailors.

In recent years we have hosted World Championships, and State Championships for Pelicans, 125s and Flying Fifteens.

Next year the National Championships for the National 125 dinghy will be held here in December.

This season the Esperance Bay Yacht Club is hosting the Hobie 16 Class State Championships at Easter. Hobie 16s are an exhilarating double trapeze catamaran.

If you are interested in water-sports and love thrills then contact the Club (ebyc@westnet.com.au) to get out on the water.

If you prefer your experience on the water to be less energetic and more majestic then the Cruiser fleet are always on the lookout for keen crew. You must be prepared to pull on ropes, watch dolphins under the bow and smile at seals cavorting around the islands.

Sailing is enjoyed equally by both genders, there aren't separate divisions and they race on equal terms with all sailing classes and courses available to all.

There are also well researched benefits to mental health from the sport.

Junior Sailing

Each year the club runs training in the October school holidays to give novice sailors the skills to start out in sailing and prepare junior sailors for the racing season to come.

Australian Sailing's Start Sailing 1 and 2 Courses will run in the second week of the holidays.

This year there is a change coming to the club with a single-handed dinghy for juniors joining forces with the traditional double-handed Pelican that's been sailed at the Club for as long as anyone can remember.

The Optimist is an international class single-handed dinghy for young sailors to compete in until the end of the year that they turn 15.

This class offers State, National and International competition.

For information regarding dinghy sailing and the courses for Juniors this season contact Simon Coxall via the email address above.