Maroochy Sailing Club junior member Zachary Edwards enjoying time with his Optimist.
Maroochy Sailing Club junior member Zachary Edwards enjoying time with his Optimist. Nicholas Falconer

Maroochy Sailing Club appoints Graeme Hattrick as new chief

THERE is a new hand on the helm at Maroochy Sailing Club with Graeme Hattrick being elected commodore last Sunday.

Hattrick replaces Gard Saunders, who has been in the position for the past three years at the fast-growing dinghy club but has stepped back into a mentoring role as vice-commodore.

The new top man admits he still has a lot to learn, having joined the club only three years ago after returning to the Coast from England with his young family.

Luckily the 62-year-old sailor learnt about club leadership from his father, who was commodore of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 1973-76.

"His advice to me would be to listen to people, take people's advice and listen to what they want," Hattrick said.

As he passed by the club many times in his early days back on the Coast, Hattrick admired its location at Chambers Island, considering it a perfect place to go for a sail on a Sunday.

"We went down there one day and found the club members incredibly welcoming and very relaxed, but still with an underlying competitive spirit," he said.

While Hattrick has a small keel boat, which he still sails occasionally, when he is at the MSC he borrows one of the single or double-handed club boats to enjoy the racing or an Adventure Sailing expedition.

"These boats are a great facility for getting families out on the water," he said.

Hattrick has taken over a healthy club with a solid base of sailors on the water every race day and lots of willing volunteers.

However, like so many clubs, the issue of sustainability of the organisation and the job of engaging youth on a long-term basis continues to be a vexing issue.

"The area we are all starting to feel needs more support is getting the youth sailors more involved in the club. That is one key goal," Hattrick said.

"The club is in good shape and has grown quite a bit. It has quite a substantial base. Now is the time to look at who is going to come through.

"I also want to strengthen our ties with Mooloolaba Yacht Club, with Noosa and Robbie Lea's Academy of Sailing and the schools.

"We want the youth to see what the club environment is like so that hopefully they will find it fun and friendly and a good sport as well."

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