Presentation Night 2019 - The End Of Another Great Sailing Season

By Morgan Flower on May 25, 2019
Presentation Night 2019 - The End Of Another Great Sailing Season

That's the wrap! The 2018/19 sailing season is over. What a great year it's been with plenty of junior and adult dinghy racing, training and keelboat twilight sailing. A huge thank you to our Commodore, Flag Officers & Committee Members for their outstanding contribution to the club over the past season. We also thank our dedicated coaches, support boat crews, race officials, timekeepers, bosuns, catering team & supportive parents for their tireless efforts.

As those who attended the end of season Presentation Night experienced, we have an excellent group of members who make our club the awesome place it is. These people set it apart from all the other yacht clubs and make DBYC a friendly, welcoming, family club, which is the envy of yacht clubs in Perth and beyond.

Our junior dinghy section has experienced huge growth this season under the direction of Rear Commodore Junior Sailing Jasen Donnan. Minnow fleet numbers were up on last year with a strong membership drive at the start of the season followed by coaching courses for novices. Our more experienced Minnow sailors competed at state and national levels and performed really well. In the latter half of the season, our experienced minnow sailors transitioned into Flying Ants and JD's, paving the road for the future of junior skiff sailing at DBYC.

The senior dinghy section, lead by Rear Commodore Senior Sailing Kane Davies, has had a great year of close racing. The season started strong with the purchasing of seven Puffin Pacer dinghies from SoPYC. These boats were then sponsored and sailed by members and their respective sponsors in the Sunday afternoon adult sailing, proving a hit with the mostly inexperienced crews. Despite battling with dwindling numbers and the ever impossible job of finding support boat crews, Kane managed to complete all of the seasons' trophy races and his efforts were appreciated by all who sailed.

The Keelboat section has thrived this season under the direction of Captain John Horley. John has re-structured twilight sailing on a Friday evening with new sailing instructions and regular marketing of the event. At times, over 10 boats took to the water to cruise (or race.....) up the bay to the mark off of Meelup, many crews having a smile on their face and a beer in their hand. Twilight sailing had excellent attendance all season and was thoroughly enjoyed by locals and visiting cruisers alike.

We would like to thank each and every member of DBYC for their ongoing support of our great club. Our members are constantly active, supporting our club by conducting wood raffles, catering for events, working at busy bees, assisting in support/start boat crews, race officer duties, sitting on the management committee and many more. Thank You, our club wouldn't be WA's premier off the beach sailing club without you!

We hope to see your ongoing support throughout the winter months at both sailing and social events!

See you at the club!

DBYC Management Committee.