Cleveland Yacht Club
In an extract from Brian Russell's book about the 100 year history of the Cleveland Yacht Club, "Sailing In To History" the ethos of the club is best summed up this way -
"It is a club that has always strived to remain easily accessible to all those interested in sailing, regardless of wealth or social standing, thus remaining a true community sporting asset." - Brian Russell. Commodore - 2004
This is backed up by the unwaivering friendliness and family appeal exuded by the club members themselves.
We have a social program, with barbecues after some of the races, a Christmas party, and our Presentation Dinner at the end of each season.
The Club operates on a voluntary basis with committees - comprising a Management, a Sailing and a Social Committee.
Each member has their turn as officer of the day, or as Assistant. Working Bees are also a small part of our yearly calendar, each member offering his/her expertise. A canteen in the Club House is staffed by some of our non-sailors each weekend.
Races are held every Sunday, from September to May. Since 2005 we have run a Winter series of racing, conducted every second week over the off season months. The Club Championship is run over 10 races and other Series are held throughout the season.
The sailing calendar has a lot of variety so members enjoy time on the water.
Our major event-the PEEL ISLAND MARATHON -is held in May, attracts sailors from all over SE Queensland and Northern NSW.
Our mixed fleets have many classes of boats participating - dinghies (Sabre, Pacer, 125, Laser, Corsair, MG) and Catamarans (Nacra, Hobie, Windrush, Calypso) and encourage other classes. The Club also has an active Yacht Group.
Handicapping enables all sailors an opportunity to realise place finishes in all races. Handicaps are based on both class and personal ability with the personal handicap based on the results of the first three races completed, and adjusted according to the competitor's performance there after.
A sailing school regularly conducts courses on a Sunday morning.