Sun City Yacht Club open day in November

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Sun City Yacht Club has remained a focus for sailing in the area since 1977. File picture

THE Sun City Yacht Club is holding an open day on Sunday, November 8.

Sun City Yacht Club (SCYC) secretary John Utley said representatives from other clubs along with SCYC patrons, former commodores, life members and some other special guests had been invited.

He said guests would be welcomed at 11.30am followed by speeches, including an address by commodore Dana Queisser, with the sail past at 12.30pm.

SCYC has an interesting history with the 1977 America’s Cup crew training off Two Rocks in Southern Cross and then in challenger Australia before taking on international challengers off Newport, Rhode Island, where they won the Thomas Lipton Cup for SCYC and established Australia as the challenger of note against the American defender Courageous.

That challenge didn’t go the way of Alan Bond or Australia with Courageous winning all four America’s Cup races.

It was three years later that Alan Bond won the America’s Cup with Australia II on behalf of the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

SCYC remained a focus for sailing in the area with so-called ‘tall ships’ (keelboat) racing in the 1970s and 1980s and various dinghy classes from catamarans in the earlier days transitioning to Mudlarks and Flying Ants in the 1980s and 1990s.

Since then, a small fleet of Optimists, Mirrors, Reachers, 420s, Pacers and Lasers have sailed regularly both within and outside the marina.

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