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information or to inspect the site.
Call (02) 9998 3740 or email email@example.com
A rare opportunity exists for marine related businesses to
operate from the club’s soon to be refurbished Training
Facility. Expressions of Interest are called from businesses that
wish to base themselves at a location offering world class
Marina and Hardstands that accommodate over 600 vessels
Multiple bars and restaurants
Extensive training programs with over 800 children trained
Full service Boatyard lifting over 850 vessels each year
Full yacht race calendar
Gymnasium with qualified personal trainers
Tenancy spaces may vary in size with up to 3 offices available
and can be custom built to suit. Businesses that operate adult
sail training services will be highly regarded.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
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The Basin in a recent early onset fresh Sou’easter was a
perfectly sheltered haven in the sun. No wonder it is a weekend
magnet. The 1.8m clean clear high tide coming at 10.34am created
an idyllic environment, and also a mystery.
We dropped our anchor just off the beach and south of the
western wharf, just as the high tide was seducing an attractive
little 6m flush-deck inboard cruiser away from the shore.
There was no one on board. The name ‘WALLY ’ was writ large
across the broad stern in big gold letters with a dropshadow,
most likely done by a talented signwriter who cared; for an
owner who also did. Wally was clearly well-maintained and loved
by someone, but who or where they were no one knew. No one
turned up to say he was theirs.
Trailing a too-small anchor that had pulled out of the sand,
Wally drifted past us and kissed the “No anchoring permitted to
the North of this buoy” buoy. We checked our anchor ... yes, it
was Wally who was on the move, not us.
Apart from the occasional slight breeze downdraft eddy,
there was no wind on the water. Wally wandered further out
from the shore.
As it approached a moored big flash cruiser, the owner
appeared from down below. He and his daughter got into their
dinghy, attached a line to Wally’s bow and towed it back to the
beach. They secured it as best as they could by digging its tiny
anchor into the sand.
As the tide dropped, Wally was left high and dry with a slight
list as it sat on its full length keel leaning over onto a full rounded
port side bilge.
From time to time throughout the afternoon, small groups
of concerned boaters on the beach in shorts, bikinis, hats and
sunscreen gathered around Wally discussing over cans of VB
what, if anything, should be done.
More than one alpha-male suggested that someone should
report Wally to the Water Police, but no one took any action.
Around 3pm the boats started to up-anchor and depart for
We left at four. Wally was still there and wouldn’t be going
anywhere until the tide returned much later that evening.
I’m worried. Where is Wally now?
With summer holidays approaching, everyone loves to hit the
water and go boating. There is a real party atmosphere at this time
of year, but it often comes at a price. Standards of behaviour slip.
We all now seem to accept that drinking and driving don’t
mix, yet people go on the water when they are intoxicated. It’s
just as easy to lose control and crash on the water, as it is to have
an accident on the road. Even if the person who is skippering
the boat is drink-free, having a rowdy crew can be distracting.
Look, I ’m not advocating fun-free boating. We all want to enjoy
what the sea has to offer. I do believe though, that there is this
perception of ‘anything goes’ on the harbour when workplaces
Boat safety is no less of an issue than road safety. We have
double demerits for driving over the holidays. I think standards
for the waterways need to be just as responsible.
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