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Tuesday 23 March 2010 | Published in Regional

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The ‘Kids in Boats’ learn to sail programme is proving to be very popular with around 20 youngsters ranging in ages from 7years – 13, turning up for Saturday morning lessons.

The Rarotonga Sailing Club is always keen to teach more kids (and adults) what sailing is all about.

The club’s Peter Heays, along with some parents as helpers, teach the group how to tack, jibe and be confident in a boat.

There is a small charge for this course, with the next one due to begin at the end of April.

Apart from the beginners, those that were in the last course have stepped up to the next stage, and that is competing in races each week.

The more experienced sailors are sailing regularly in Saturday regattas and training on Tuesday afternoons as well.

The seniors sail every Saturday afternoon from 1.30pm and are always keen to take newcomers for a sail, but turn up on the deck by around 1pm.

This Saturday, being the last Saturday of the month is ‘all-comers’ day, with fun races for old and new followed by a prize giving and club barbecue.

Club members are asked to bring salad to share and members eat for free with a small fee of $15 per person for non-club members.

Anyone wishing to enquire about courses, joining the sailing club or any other information can contact Peter or Tony Heays on 55289 or 56599.