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New sailors welcome at Lake Cootharaba weekend

Previous Careel 18 state champion, Cootharaba's Yancy Smith and crew Jon Wilson racing Smith's Careel 18, Bundy Flyer.
Previous Careel 18 state champion, Cootharaba's Yancy Smith and crew Jon Wilson racing Smith's Careel 18, Bundy Flyer. Julie Hartwig Photography

LAKE Cootharaba Sailing Club will have its hands full this weekend as it holds a championship and opens the doors to new sailors.

The club will host the Compass Careel 18, combined Queensland and national championship titles tomorrow and Sunday.

Race officer Tony Matta expects 10 boats for the five-race regatta.

"I think they will mostly come from NSW and Queensland,” Matta said.

He doesn't expect the racing to be too intense as the Careel is known more as a cruising rather than a racing boat.

"But, you know how it is when two boats meet,” Matta added.

During today and tomorrow, starting at 9am both days, the club at Boreen Point is welcoming schoolchildren and adults interested in learning more about sailing.

The Come and Try Sailing convenor Sue Germain said members would take them out sailing and show them the club

The cost is $50 per person.

If a novice sailor takes up a 12-month club membership, they can go on to join in the weekly Sunday learn-to-sail sessions for free.

"We teach them to sail, how to rig boats, tie knots - just like attending a sailing class,” Germain said.

"We have fun both on the water and on the land.”

In Mooloolaba, the Mooloolaba Yacht Club will celebrate the start of its 50th sailing season with the traditional blessing of the fleet, followed by a colourful sail past - all starting at 11am on Sunday in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba.

Further north, youth dinghy sailors from Maroochy, Noosa and Mooloolaba are spending the first week of their school holidays at Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

They are participating in the Queensland Youth Development Camp and championships which finishes on Sunday.

Sarah Johnson, Matt Hattrick and Zach Edwards are racing the Laser 4.7 while Indiabeau Laborie is in the Laser Radials, Marcel Klatsmanyi and Jessica Sim in the Optimists, and Chloe Lea in the Sabots.

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