Sailing will be every second and fourth Sunday of the month. See Calendar . For location see map of Docklands area with parking and access in green. There is also an aerial view of the Docklands development
It has been targeted at people who have not tried sailing by allowing them to try sailing in the Access Dinghies. With their stability of a weighted keels the problem of keeping the yacht upright does not need to be a worry and therefore the mechanics of sailing can be devoted their full concentration.
We will be sailing with the aim of social sailing for everyone: kids, parents, females and males along with those people with disabilities(PWDs) who turn up (wheelchair access is available including ammenities). We have also created a social group so that those who don't sail, family members, assistants for those sailing, or those waiting their turn in the boats, still have an enjoyable time.
Our club rooms, toilets, showers and garage is located in the ground level of shed No. 3 (moving to Shed 9). This will allow us to spread the responsibility of setting up the boats and possibly sail more often. We need our own trailer, as the one we currently use belongs to Access Dighies. We now have five 2.3 yachts, one 303 yacht, one prototype Liberty, our own duckie rescue boat (we need a motor), a "Sea-Crane" hoist for disabled sailors and a boat dolly, so we can certainly put a lot of equipment in our garage once we have our own trailer.
The pontoon array for use by ferries, "Sailing for Everyone" and public access is magnificent to say the least. Very large substantial floating concrete pontoons with a wide ramp access give a safe and comfortable deep water launching site. A gantry for safely lifting keels and disabled sailors in and out of boats is installed and very fast and safe to use.
We have two 2.3 two seater yachts and two more 2.3 single seaters and a 303 two seater sailing each second Sunday. As we build membership, sponsorship and an active support and committee network to make this club a premier venue we are seeking further sponsorship for our own fleet. We also have a motor (currently chasing a replacement one) and a safety boat "duckie". See our Sponsorship.
We also now have access to some toilets, near our sailing venue, provided by Docklands authority in Shed 9.
Docklands now have a portable BBQ that you can use on sailing days.
There is parking with the Docklands with the Authority giving us free parking at this stage. You enter the parking area off Footscray Road, opposite the Chanel Seven building.
Sponsorship of the much needed trailer will be a primary target but yachts proudly sporting sponsorship logos boldly on their sails will also be available to companies, to display their logos on the sails.
What a venue! Clearly visible sails tacking around in the docks area with a company's logo we are sure will be a drawcard for sponsors. The sailing area is clearly visisible from the western balcony of the Telstra Dome Docklands Stadium directly above and across Footscray road.
Individual membership is to cost only $70 per year with extra family members only costing another $70 in total! So a family of four would only cost a total of $140 per year or two people also $140. Public liability has forced our fees up begrudgingly but it is the reason why families must nominate ALL their members upon joining for full coverage. This is still, for a family, about half what most yacht clubs charge and you don't need to buy any of your own equipment like a yacht or safety vests!
SEE YOU THERE
A trial sail will only cost you $10 you can't get better value. Because the yachts are so safe and stable no special clothing is necessary. Most of us just wear jeans, shoes, jumpers and of course a life jacket (provided by the club). Sailors from about six years to sixty-plus are welcome.
Docklands have been sailing most 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month except when it clashes with other functions like State and National Championships. We have now changed to the 2nd and fouth Sunday to work in with other clubs and allow them to sail with us on their non-sailing weekends.
We intend to try sailing through the winter but are still relying on mainly the same set of volunteers, so we will be seeking new volunteers and sailors who can lift and rig boats as we still need to move our boats from our storage at Shed 3 to our sailing area at Shed 9 and back each sailing day.
Two members are going to buy prototype Libertys for practice use by the Club members and to prepare for the Worlds. These boats will not be suitable for racing as they will not measure up but will be useful for sailing and training in the Docklands area.
We have also been lucky to have been involved with a fair bit of testing of the new Liberty prototypes. Yesterday there was no sailing from Shed 9 as Docklands Yacht Club had a regatta on there. Some of us turned up to a final testing and photo shoot of the finished Liberty. Docklands Sailability is proud to have been the testing site of the new Liberty.
It is a beautiful boat to sail and does everything Chris, the designer, said he wanted it to. It turns well, has well balanced jib and main, accelerates faster than any other Access Dinghy, and is very light to steer. New seat is amazingly comfortable from everyone's aspect. A great boat for a Worlds.
Docklands Sailability's merger with Docklands Yacht Club is still yet to be discussed and become a fact. Should happen soon.
For further details contact Colin Johanson by e-mail or phone on (03) 9399 8000 (AH) or 0412 562 211 on sailing days..
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Victorian State Access 2004 Championships postponed
We have club rooms and garage
New Boat the Eckankar Group have donated a Dark Blue 2.3 wide seater to S4E Docklands and presenting it on Sunday 18 March 2001. (photos xoming)