Learn to Sail programs, into life long sailing.
Australian Sailing has specifically asked Mornington Yacht Club to start off, establishing a Junior Carnival to meet these aims. The key as we envisage it, with these young sailors, is social and fun. They have asked us, partly due to our success with the Optis in the past, plus our focus on fun and participation as seen with Friday Fun.
We need your support for this new carnival in its infancy. The Lidgett Trophy deserved respect and sentiment. Our aim is to establish something that can continue for many more years for the benefit of all. This carnival though will be focused on just the more junior sailors, so different from the Lidgett. By focusing on the more junior ones it presents some challenges. So to give you an idea of our intentions:
- A one day event for Tackers 2 & 3, and Green sailors
- A carnival atmosphere with clubs and associations on Mother’s Beach for parent information opportunities
- Older kids to join in with greenies in Club Team games on & off the beach Saturday morning to foster friendships and socializing within club groups. Clubs to dress as a club to build a team feeling. So on the following weekend those new kids go back to their home club and feel part of something.
- In the afternoon, Carnival kids will continue in sailing games or a destination FUN sail. Older kids can race in the afternoon in the Schnapper Point Regatta; the focus of this junior carnival however is on the green transition. By holding the two events in parallel our aim is to facilitate the social interaction together on the Saturday morning, and only have one weekend for our volunteers
So we need your help. Big boats are racing to Hobson’s Bay that weekend. We have brought the start time earlier to 9 am to try and free up the yard. It would be great if as many TYs as possible could stay in the water after Thursday night’s race. On Sunday it is only the older kids sailing Schnapper Point sailing. We will need some co-operation both ways with yard Sunday afternoon and some marshals to help it go smoothly. Helpers Saturday morning for off loading arriving boats would also be great.
Of course the BBQ will run as usual, but they will need assistance, and we need some sandwich makers. This is where the fundraising happens.
Our biggest challenge is on the Friday and Monday moving plastic colorful Optis around the city and peninsula.
Then there is the usual race management, and safety boats.
This is all about promoting the future of our sport,
Please let us know if you can help