New boat available for rescue work

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Increasing the ability of young up-and-coming sailors is the main reason behind the North Otago Yacht and Power Boat Club’s decision to purchase a new boat.

The boat, which retails at about $30,000, was purchased through grants and funds raised from the clubs.

It is 5.2m long, a significant increase in size from the old 3.6m boat they had for the past five years.

While the boat has been purchased for the North Otago Yachting and Power Boat Club, it is available for any function held at the club, and as a rescue boat if required.

“We tried working something like that out, but it was just too confusing. If it’s urgent and the boat is required and available, then they will be welcome to use it, but it’s mainly for the club,” vice commodore Kevin Murdoch said.

Sailing club captain Graeme Thorn said it was awesome to have the new boat.

“We are really thankful to our sponsors The Otago Community Trust, The Lion Foundation (which is the Licensing Trust in Oamaru) and Mortimer Marine for placing the motor on for us.”

Mr Thorn said the boat would help with the improvement of yachting in the junior section of the club.

“The new boat is a fantastic acquisition for the boating club and it will help improve the level of sailing and to be able to let sail much further out then they do now.”

Numbers at the club are healthy at the moment, but they hope the new boat will attract more members.

On Saturday, they will hold an open day, beginning at 1.30pm, with the new boat to be officially unveiled and in action on the day.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

NEW BOAT: Kevin Murdoch, Graeme Thorn, Alex Murdoch and Emma Gawn with the North Otago Yacht and Power Boat Club’s new boat.