Port Lincoln Yacht Club plunges into sailing season

The Port Lincoln Yacht Club opening day is shaping up to be an exciting event this year.

The first day of racing took place last weekend with the official opening taking place this weekend, Saturday, October 20.

The day will feature a sail past of the Port Lincoln Yacht Club official boat at 2pm.

This colourful event features all skippers and crew saluting dignitaries aboard the boat.

Included will be Yacht Club Commodore Mary Clark and other flag officers, as well as visiting officers from other South Australian yacht clubs.

This will be followed by a harbour race traditionally known as the Commodore's Cup at 2.30pm.

The opening night dinner will take place upstairs at 6pm with catering provided by chef Damian Mrdjen.

Port Lincoln Yacht Club member and sponsor Mark Forbes will give a talk at the opening night dinner about this year’s Ride for Sick Kids SA, raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Adelaide.

There will also be a raffle of donated goods on the night with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Adelaide.

Among the many exciting events planned for this year's sailing season is the club’s Learn To Sail program which will start on Saturday, October 27.

Local dinghy sailing has a long history of success, from local events right through to international competitions.

The Learn to Sail program is a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn entry-level sailing.

For those interested in learning to sail on a keelboat (a larger yacht of over 10m) local businessman Peter Teakle has generously made two Sydney 32 sailboats available.

This gives locals a great opportunity to learn sailing skills safely from some accomplished local skippers.

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“The club is always keen to introduce new people sailing,” said Commodore Mary Clark.

Port Lincoln Yacht Club is expecting to see strong numbers on the water this year, especially in the Optimists, International Cadets and Sharpie classes.

They are looking forward to having many local visitors join them in the club's opening day celebrations.

“This year will see many changes and events happening so get excited and get involved,” said Commodore Clark.

As well as the upcoming races, be sure to put these upcoming social nights on your calendar.

The first event is the annual Calcutta auction to be held on October 26.

Come along and bring your friends for a great night and have some fun bidding on your favourite yachts.

You could be one of the winners at the end of the season.

Guest speaker Daniel Turner will be at the event to talk about his recent sailing adventure from Melbourne to Osaka, Japan, plus there will be live entertainment from ChrissyK and food by resident chef Damien Mrdjen.

Tickets can be purchased online, so be quick to secure your seat or table.

Another event scheduled for later this year is the Masquerade Ball on November 17.

This is a new event and is advertised to the general public as well as members.

Leading up to the Christmas holidays it should be a popular night with great food and music.

There are limited tickets available so head to Sticky Tickets to purchase your tickets.

For more information go to plyc.com.au or find the club on Facebook.