Yacht Club celebrates its 40th birthday

Whitsunday Sailing Club - 2006 Airlie Beach Race Week
Yacht clubs are the heart-beat of sailing, no matter what kind of sailor you are. So it's always good to see their existence celebrated. The Whitsunday Sailing Club will have its 40th birthday this weekend Airlie Beach with a festival of events on the water.

Kicking off tomorrow from 7pm there will be live music and great entertainment at the sailing club while Saturday the formal celebration will take place for members and visitors are invited to social drinks from 3pm.

Anyone can try their hand at sailing on Sunday, with the club having yachts available for the public, with skippers taking guests for a one-hour sail on Pioneer Bay.

Pioneer Club president Ian Davey said they were looking forward to celebrating the milestone.

'We started as a group of 30 people enthusiastic about sailing back in 1971 and we still want to encourage people to sail and join our club today,' he said.

'It will be a wonderful festive atmosphere so we encourage people in the region to come down to the club and help us celebrate 40 fantastic years of friendship, sailing and good times.'

For more information, call the Whitsunday Sailing Club on 4946 6138.