The purchase of the dinghies was made possible by donations made to the Mornington Yacht Club Foundation. The boats were christened at a ceremony at the Club recently and have been named after significant boats in the Club's history namely:
-'Morning Mist'-one of the Club's leading keel boats Alf Neate's boats sailed in 12 Sydney to Hobart races, 3 Melbourne to Hobarts, and 9 Queenscliff to Devonport races.
-'Flying Cloud'-Max Rodd's catamaran which was used as a stable platform to train Mornington's junior sailors for many years.
-'Wild Thing' -won line honours in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart. This boat was designed by local member Don Jones, was built in Mornington by member Mal Hart and sailed by Grant Warrington with a number of members in the crew. 'Wild Thing' competed in 18 Sydney to Hobarts.
-'Firefly'- Kevin Willey's last yacht . Kevin joined the Club in 1947 and sailed at the Club with distinction for over 50 years in a number of classes.
-'Pamken'-Pam and Ken Donaldson were leading members of the Club and wer active in keel boat racing in their yachts 'Obsession' and 'Marie Louise'.
-'Warringa'- a former Commodore Murray Barnett's yacht. Whilst Commodore Murray's emphasis was on nurturing the family friendly atmosphere at the Club.
The christening was conducted by family members connected to the boats, and by Don Jones and Kevin Willey who were able to attend in person.
The Club's Try Sailing program will be conducted throughout the sailing season and anyone interested in participating should contact the Club on 59757001 or email@example.com,au. There is no cost involved and the Club will provide all of the equipment needed including life jackets.