A taste of that ‘America’s Cup’ feeling

Try your hand at sailing.

Try your hand at sailing.

In this photo provided by the America's Cup Event Authority, Emirates Team New Zealand, left, competes with Oracle Team USA during Race 2 of the America's Cup match sailing competition, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the Great Sound of Bermuda. Ricardo Pinto/ACEA via AP

GISBORNE people are invited to try their hand at sailing on Saturday.

New Zealand leads the world at sailing, with Emirates Team New Zealand lifting the America’s Cup again last year.

Gisborne Yacht Club (GYC) is offering a ‘‘taste of sailing’’ event where people can have a go at the sport.

People can get out on the water in a Phase 2 Yacht, sailed from the GYC boat clubhouse on Kaiti Beach Road.

The Phase 2 is a two-person boat, in which those who want to learn will become part of the crew, trim sails, help to keep the boat upright and take the helm if conditions permit.

The club’s Peter Millar says participants should bring suitable clothing, as they are likely to “soak up a bit of the atmosphere”.

Mr Millar says families should make a day of it.

“Bring a picnic lunch and refreshments.

“Wetsuits and rash shirts are recommended, as well as the usual sun smart precautions.

“We will have support boats in attendance for your safety.”

The club will have a range of yachts on display, including the Optimist dinghy, in which almost all sailing legends including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke began their sailing careers.

Laser class yachts, which are used in the Olympic Games, will also be there.

“Sailing is a fun, family-orientated sport where only the sky or the horizon is the limit.

“It can become a pleasant pastime, a competitive sport, a career, a lifestyle, and, most important, a passionate group of like-minded people having fun.

"Join us at the Gisborne Yacht Club Boat Shed this Saturday to taste it for yourself.”

  • The event will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday. If conditions demand, the event will be postponed until Sunday.
  • Each participant will be looked after by a club member.
  • No previous sailing experience is required.

GISBORNE people are invited to try their hand at sailing on Saturday.

New Zealand leads the world at sailing, with Emirates Team New Zealand lifting the America’s Cup again last year.

Gisborne Yacht Club (GYC) is offering a ‘‘taste of sailing’’ event where people can have a go at the sport.

People can get out on the water in a Phase 2 Yacht, sailed from the GYC boat clubhouse on Kaiti Beach Road.

The Phase 2 is a two-person boat, in which those who want to learn will become part of the crew, trim sails, help to keep the boat upright and take the helm if conditions permit.

The club’s Peter Millar says participants should bring suitable clothing, as they are likely to “soak up a bit of the atmosphere”.

Mr Millar says families should make a day of it.

“Bring a picnic lunch and refreshments.

“Wetsuits and rash shirts are recommended, as well as the usual sun smart precautions.

“We will have support boats in attendance for your safety.”

The club will have a range of yachts on display, including the Optimist dinghy, in which almost all sailing legends including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke began their sailing careers.

Laser class yachts, which are used in the Olympic Games, will also be there.

“Sailing is a fun, family-orientated sport where only the sky or the horizon is the limit.

“It can become a pleasant pastime, a competitive sport, a career, a lifestyle, and, most important, a passionate group of like-minded people having fun.

"Join us at the Gisborne Yacht Club Boat Shed this Saturday to taste it for yourself.”

  • The event will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday. If conditions demand, the event will be postponed until Sunday.
  • Each participant will be looked after by a club member.
  • No previous sailing experience is required.
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