ALL ABORD: Southport Yacht Club past commodores (from left) Mal Wood, Raife Billington, George Paschedag, Gordon Gillespie, Chris Oxenford, Tony Goldner, Rob Mundle and Ian Hall during the 2015 sail past on board life member Barry Peachey's vessel Suzanne.
ALL ABORD: Southport Yacht Club past commodores (from left) Mal Wood, Raife Billington, George Paschedag, Gordon Gillespie, Chris Oxenford, Tony Goldner, Rob Mundle and Ian Hall during the 2015 sail past on board life member Barry Peachey's vessel Suzanne.

Blessing signals start of 70th sailing season

SOUTHPORT Yacht Club will officially open its 70th sailing season with a spectacular "sail past" and blessing of the fleet on Saturday, September 3.

Up to 70 vessels will be gathered in the area between Sea World and the Southport Bridge at about 2.30pm.

Commodore Kerry Noyes, the first female commodore of the club, and longtime member Commander Mathew Doornbos, of the Royal Australian Navy, will acknowledge the salute from the fleet.

"Southport Yacht Club follows in the tradition of yacht clubs around the world which are deep in customs and traditions initiated from the Royal Navy some 200 years ago," Cdre Kerry said.

"Our sail past is an opportunity to see the experience and strength of our club and it demonstrates a visible message to the surrounding community of our most important date on our yachting calendar."

Kerry says the sail past has become the event for which members get their boats ready for the coming season.

"We put on our dress whites, navy jackets and nautical fashions, display our nautical flags and decor, and swab the decks, ready to celebrate the opening of the season with fellow yacht club members and guests," she said.

Festivities run from 1-6pm. Non-boaties are welcome to view the sail past.

TS Tyalgum Naval Cadets will perform a sunset ceremony and firing of the cannon about 5pm.


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