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29 March 2006, 12:11 pm
Sailability Regatta To Become Annual Regional Event
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Disabled Sailing News
Port Stephens, Australia

The inaugural Port Stephens Cup sailed on the postcard beautiful Grahamstown Dam last weekend could become an annual regional event according to the President of Organizer Sailability Port Stephens Grahme RAYNER.
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'The event attracted sailors from eight Sailability clubs as far south as Illawarra with 25 sailors, both abled and disabled, engaged in spirited competition,' said RAYNER. Prizes were presented by the Mayor of Port Stephens, Councillor Craig BAUMANN and Sharon CHAMBERS, President, Williamtown Rotary. Councillor BAUMANN commented that Sailability was one of the great news stories in the region.

Victories went to Tish BROWN in the Access 303 doubles and Jim BROWN in the Access 303 singles, Ralph BRUNSKILL in the Access 2.3 doubles, and Shane ATKINS and Stephen BURNS in the two divisions of the Access 2.3 singles.

Boat Presented

During the ceremony, Ross MITCHELL, head teacher of boat and ship building at Tighes Hill TAFE, presented an eight foot student built fibreglass dinghy to Sailability. President RAYNER also made a point of praising the 15 strong volunteer team, especially the crew from RAAF Williamtown for their support at the pontoon.

Sailing was conducted over the weekend in conditions that varied from gusty winds up to 20 knots, down to very light breezes. The clubhouse at Grahamstown Dam was built by Port Stephens Council in the mid 1980s, and the facility has been in constant use by Sailability since 2000 with strong support from Rotary and local businesses.

Sailability New South Wales is one of eight state or territory organizations under the umbrella of Sailability Australia. Sailability Australia is represented within Yachting Australia by a committee chaired by former YA President Bruce DICKSON and is part of the worldwide Sailability organization. In NSW alone, there are 23 Sailability branches, each running regular sailing days. NSW Patron is David ADAMS. Sailability NSW is a member of Yachting NSW.

Graeme ADAM (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Grahamstown Dam:© Graeme ADAM
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