BYS offers many opportunities for people to discover sailing. Over summer there are learn-to-sail courses for all ages, and the boats, safety gear and qualified instructors are all provided. Tackers, which runs throughout January, is a fun national sailing program for seven to 12-year-olds, and BYS also offers Discover Sailing Experiences – two hours on the water in a 6m boat for up to four people with a qualified instructor. There are even ladies-only sessions.
If you prefer to watch the action rather than be part of it, BYS also has you sorted. The club is hosting the Musto Skiff World Championships on January 6, so expect about 60 of these single-handed trapezing sailers with their brightly coloured spinnakers to provide an exhilarating display and some exciting sailing just off Blairgowrie. These championships were preceded by the annual Cock of the Bay Race, when about 80 yachts arrived in Blairgowrie from Port Melbourne on Boxing Day, and the magnificent Petersville Regatta for keel boats from December 27-30. And of course yachting enthusiasts would have been able to see some of the entrants in the Volvo Ocean Race head past on their way to Melbourne for a stop-over at the end of the third leg of the round-the-world race before heading out of the bay on January 2 to start the next leg to Hong Kong.
If you would like to see the skiffs in action, know more or discover sailing for yourself, drop into the club or go to bys.asn.au
BLAIRGOWRIE YACHT SQUADRON
A: 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie
T: 5988 8453