Sailing Club finally in calmer waters after Cyclone Marcia

THE Keppel Bay Sailing Club fared rough seas only eight months ago but it appears calmer waters are headed their way after Cyclone Marcia took the wind out of their sails.

There is still an estimated three months left until repairs are completed but all three buildings are up and running.

Secretary-manager of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Julie Strudwick, said local businesses were used throughout the repair process but a lot of people had their own repairs to take care of.

"We used local people when hiring workers to repair the damage," she said.

"However it wasn't always the case as locals are still tied up in their own aftermath."

Julie said she was grateful to those who volunteered, as the club would not have opened without their support.

"Sailing volunteers through to members and staff were helping as soon as possible," she said.

"We managed to keep the staff active so we wouldn't have to let them go."

Staff members from the club took time off to keep the casuals employed and others took holidays.

Julie said the club's major focus was to ensure their youth programs were fully functioning as quickly as possible.

"One of our main projects is our coaching program which allows our youth sailors to teach our novice sailors so they can work to earn money," she said.

Julie said the Keppel Bay Sailing Club aimed to offer diverse youth programs and used their restaurants as training facilities.

"We offer Cert 3 in hospitality through the club," she said.

"The kids learn food and beverage services so they have extra skills."

Julie is looking forward to providing more youth programs and sharing the revamped facilities with members and the community.



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