FRESH LOOK: Keppel Bay Sailing Club manager Julie Strudwick stands on the newly renovated deck after the old one was damaged during Cyclone Marcia.
FRESH LOOK: Keppel Bay Sailing Club manager Julie Strudwick stands on the newly renovated deck after the old one was damaged during Cyclone Marcia. Chris Ison

New deck open at Keppel Bay Sailing Club

THE Keppel Bay Sailing Clubhouse's might have a brand new deck, but the celebration of its opening on Friday was quite the opposite.

Manager Julie Strudwick said life and sailing members who were invited to the soft opening wanted to keep with tradition and have a simple sausage sizzle rather than gourmet canapés.

"It's so great to see the iconic deck back and people can have a meal while watching the sailing again, which is what a lot of people would come here for," Julie said inside the newly refurbished building.

The deck is the last instalment of upgrades to the three KBSC buildings which were all badly damaged after Cyclone Marcia in February.

"There are few more things to be done but they're things you can't really see," Julie said.

"We've had a massive response and everybody's really excited.

"We're getting back to some form of normality."

The clubhouse now also has all-day dining seven days a week, with a main menu and separate deck menu.

"We're also having a discover sailing day soon for anybody who wants to have a go which will be a free event," Julie said.

"There'll also be face painting and a jumping castle for the kids.

"We just want to thank the community once again for all of their support. We couldn't have got this far without them."



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