On behalf of past and present members of the Cairns Yacht Club we would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Robyn, Fred, George and their families.
What do you say on a sad occasion like this? I have tried to find the right words. I do know that Des would certainly have the words and you all know we couldn’t repeat them here.
Des was Commodore of the Cairns Yacht Club from 1997 until 2002, serving 5 terms. He was also honoured by being made a Life Member of the club. He was certainly one of the more colourful leaders we have had. Being commodore is an unenviable role but Des did it with a certain style that we probably won’t see again. I know all the years that I have been part of the club and on committees it’s not easy trying to be a influence on a bunch of misfits and trying to set a good example at the same time.
Des had a Sonata 8 yacht called Chimera. Although the boat was called Chimera when Des bought it Chimera means “ a thing which is hoped for or illusory or impossible to achieve” . I think this sums up Des’s struggles to try and extend the lease of the Club. He managed to get a couple of extra years.
In Greek mythology Chimera was a “fire breathing monster with a lion’s head ,a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. I will leave that for you to think about.
Des got involved with the one class Etchells with a boat called “Out of the Past”. The Etchell is a 9 meter keel boat with 3 crew. With his crew of Peter Macdonald and Graham Brown , Des competed in a Queensland title in Cairns. Peter and Brownie sailed 2 seasons with Des but gave it away the next year. According to Peter they couldn’t take another year of the same jokes.
We all know Des could be blunt and straight to the point. A spade is a spade, but to Des it was a certain type of shovel.
Once Des took a call from the Port Authority . Some one had called up to complain that someone was urinating from the back of a boat as they sailed past the waterfront. Des replied “Well that would have been me”.
Des and I had both been in the Navy, one ANZAC day we both came back to the Club after the march , having a beer with him I asked Des “when did you join up?” . He looked at me and said “You idiot we were in the same class. That was back in 1967.”
I know myself and the sailors from the Cairns Yacht Club have special memories of Des.
The Tackers program for junior sailors kicks off again this Friday 10th July 2-6pm with a free event, then from 17th July for a 10 week Term 3 program For Tackers 1 & 2.
Off the beach sailing takes place at CYC Ellis Beach this Sunday, see our facebook page for more info.
Yachts & multihulls will take part in a fun stern chase this Sunday 12th July, 12 noon briefing at the boatshed for a 12:30 start. Followed by our 112 year Anniversary Race on 19th July, briefing at 9 at the boatshed for a 9:30 start.
Sailability has some new boats arriving very soon, and are hoping to resume sailing activities in late August.
WAGS will be back on again from Wed 15th July. Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing is a chance for visitors to join our local sailors for an afternoon out on Trinity Inlet. Meet at the boatshed at 12 noon.
On 17th January from 1-5pm the CYC will host a junior sailing sign on day at the clubhouse located at the Marlin Marina in Cairns
In 2020 the CYC will be conducting the following Junior Sailing programs:-
TACKERS program – aims at kids between 6 and 12 years of age to develop sailing skills and confidence on the water (Friday’s 4 to 6 pm during the school terms).
GREEN FLEET program – introduces junior sailors to racing skills and will be running fortnightly at dates to be determined.
OUT THERE SAILING is a program of social fun sailing designed for teenagers 12-17 years old, no experience on sailing boats is required – just a sense of fun – this program will run for 12 hours after school hours, dates to be advised.
The CYC invites all our 2019 Learn to Sail and Tackers graduates to bring a mate and come on down for the CYC sign on day – it’s free & family friendly!
Cairns Yacht Club celebrates being part of the Cairns community for the past 111 years and opens its doors for the community to come and try sailing Saturday 6th April 2019.
Cairns Yacht Club is inviting the community to enjoy a free sailing experience as part of National Discover Sailing Days. People can attend by themselves or with a partner, friends or family to get a taste of what sailing is all about.
The aim of Discover Sailing Day is to encourage people to find out how much fun, safe, accessible and affordable sailing can be. Cairns Yacht Club Commodore John Pool encourages people to pay the club a visit on April 6th. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to welcome the community to our club and our sport” he said. “We encourage anyone who has ever wanted to try sailing to come and have a look and enjoy a sail with an experienced club member or instructor. “We provide all the instructors, boats and safety equipment, so all you have to do is come along prepared for a good time with a hat and some sunscreen.”
Discover Sailing Day offers you the chance to go for a short sail with an experienced sailor, enjoy the club’s facilities, and find out about the great sailing courses available. There are courses for young and old, aspiring sailors and experienced sailors. The whole family can get involved – kids as young as five can enjoy a sail with a parent or guardian. “Our Discover Sailing Host can answer any questions about sailing and our volunteers will ensure you have an enjoyable day at the club.” “We recommend people book in advance to ensure they can get out on the water, but you can also register on the day.”
Discover Sailing Day is part of Australian Sailing’s Discover Sailing program, which was launched in 2012 and designed to encourage more people to get in boats, out on the water and enjoying the benefits of sailing. You can register for a FREE sailing experience at Cairns Yacht Club by contacting Margie on 40312750 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about sailing and different types of courses available, visit cairnsyachtclub.com and http://www.discoversailing.org.au