Cessnock now has its own sailing group with a new club formed in Lovedale.
The Hunter Valley Radio Control Yacht Club was created in August to offer local sailing enthusiasts a local place to sail and compete.
For those who don’t know, radio controlled yachts are a smaller version of the real thing. They are operated on-shore and are raced using the same standards as larger yachts.
The club was started by two Cessnock men – Daniel Bergan and Jason Rootes – who both raced competitively, but had to travel at least an hour to take part in the sport.
They held their first event on August 18. Their second meeting on September 2 attracted 15 people, and they hope to build on this further.
Mr Bergan said their mission was to establish a family based community club, that teaches people how to sail and offers the opportunity to compete in association racing at the highest level.
The boats sailed at the club are the Dragon Flite 95 (DF95) and the V6 Dragon Force 65 (DF65), which are only available online from a Victorian supplier. Mr Bergan said the choice between two boats created a level playing field.
“It’s up the skipper to sail well,” he said. “There is a lot of skill involved.”
The group meets at a dam off Wills Hill Road, Lovedale. The next meeting is at 12pm on Saturday, September 16 and all are welcome to attend.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page ‘Hunter Valley Radio Control Yacht Club’ for more information.