What we'll do
Enjoy pretty Lake Macquarie while zipping along on our 18-foot catamaran and getting a good introduction to sailing. More exciting than being on a yacht ! Camp/cabin.
You must email me (Mark Lovi) directly (to [masked] ) as well as RSVP on Meetup. If RSVP's have not yet opened, email me to register your interest. If you have queries, please email me directly.
Please advise the following when emailing - this is to help organise the weekend. If just enquiring, there is no need to supply all these details immediately.
* Contact phone no
* If camping, do you have your own tent (we can hire for $ 10)
* If camping (cost $ 16), you need your own sleeping bag (we cannot lend these)
* Do you want to stay in the cabin (cost $ 55)
* Do you have your own vehicle. We will try to car pool when possible.
* If you need a lift (cost $ 30), what area in Sydney do you live in ?
We are a long-established sailing group run by the YHA. We hold sailing weekends every 4 weeks where we get some regular members attending (who don't RSVP on Meetup) plus a number who contact us through Meetup.
No sailing experience is necessary. Catamaran sailing is a fun and exciting way to experience the water, as the boats zip along in the wind. The boats are easy to sail and offer a good opportunity for anyone who wants to learn or experience sailing by getting some practice on either handling the jib, trapezing (hanging out the side of the boat on a harness) or skippering. We are not a "racing" group, we just like to be on the water and away from Sydney for a weekend, taking it easy. These are not yachts, these are smaller 18-foot/14-foot catamarans. We are on a lake, not the open ocean, so you don't get seasick. We also have kayaks if people want to paddle.
COST: Sailing fee $ 70, camping $ 16, cabin $ 55, lift from Sydney $ 30.
The cabin is a basic non-ensuite type, sharing a bunk in a 4-bed room, with cooking facilities. The caravan park has an enclosed camp kitchen with electric BBQ's, microwave, fridge, so you don't need to bring cooking gear, just food/utensils.
We drive to a caravan park on Lake Macquarie where we rig the boats. We sail on Saturday, camp Saturday night at the caravan park, then sail on Sunday until 4:00. Normally we take turns - one crew out on the water, with one crew waiting on shore.