Sailing club comeback sparks renewed hope in Leslie Dam
THE recent rain is set to put the wind back in the sails of the Warwick Sailing Club.
The club will launch boats into the water on Sunday following a hiatus form the summer sailing season.
Club secretary Neil Stiff said sailors were left with no choice due to such low levels in the dam.
“It was like sailing in a puddle,” he said.
“It was too low but now after all this rain it means a lot to our club.”
Mr Stiff said the sails, which are usually held on the first and third Sunday of the month, had particularly low turnouts last year.
“The struggle is getting people to join, you could see people dropping off and you were flat out getting them down there,” he said.
“There are so many sports on these days and they go year round, plus with kids you’ve got to try and drag them away from their computers and get them outside.”
But fortune seems to be favouring the recreational water club this year as they’ve already received a grant for a new rescue boat and defibrillator.
“I managed to get that through the state government which was a stroke of good fortune so we’re trying to get going again and hopefully things will be picked up again for the next summer season,” he said.
“Finding new ways to get members can be like bashing your head against a brick wall sometimes but we’re positive that the way the water is looking now is a start.”
The Sunday sailing event will be at Saddledam between 10am and 2pm.
The club will supply boats and life jackets and instructors.
People of all ages are invited to attend.