Following on from the long success of off-the beach sailing on Coila Lake the Batemans Bay Sailing Club are now looking to expand the opportunity for competition by adopting the same model of smaller craft racing on Batemans Bay waters. Rob Currall and the executive of the Batemans Bay Sailing Club have recently taken the keys to their brand new sailing craft shed on the shores of Coila Lake, funded by a NSW State government Community Building Partnerships grant of $40,000 with additional funds provided by Eurobodalla Shire Council to see the project completed. The off-the-beach sailors of Coila fully support the expansion of the sport to Batemans Bay as it was in Batemans Bay that the sport began with a purpose build Club at Hanging Rock/Corrigans Beah and an intense rivalry of clashing spinnakers of smaller yachts each summer week for many years under the leadership of then Commodore Peter Walsh. The Batemans Bay Sailing Club has increased its membership and via its very successful annual regattas is now attracting yachts from far and wide to spend time in the South East.
Above: Great promotion for sailing in Batemans Bay is bringing new interest to the area
Anyone with an interest in joining the off-the beach sailing in Batemans Bay can contact the Matt Mason of the Batemans Bay Sailing Club on 0457 359 797. The club is also inviting anyone who has an interest in sailing who would like to assist the event s by being a rescue vessel, a general runabout or a starting vessel as these play a key role in any event and offer great reward to those who help out.