Smooth sailing at Wyaralong Dam: Photos

IT was mostly smooth sailing as a group of keen first time sailors headed out on the water for a disability sailing session at Wyaralong Dam on Wednesday.

About 50 people took part in the session, part of council's Be Healthy and Active Program, including clients from Beaudesert Rural Lifestyle Options Association (RLOA), Beaucare and Auscare and their carers.

The delight was clear on their faces as they learned new skills and tested their limits on the water, taking turns at handling the tiller and the sails and tacking back to shore.

Beaudesert RLOA client Nathaniel Turner, 21, told the Times he felt good after his first sailing experience.

"I really liked how peaceful it was - sailing is really nice and peaceful," he said.

"It was my first time and I was scared at first, thinking 'oh my gosh what's going to happen' but then I did it and it was good."

RLOA support worker Wayne Harrison-Jones said he was impressed with the way Mr Turner and other clients handled the task.

"Nathaniel picked it up really well and he was on the tiller all the way back and even tacked four or five times back to shore," he said.

Participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch, played games and spent time with their friends between sailing sessions.

Mt Alford based instructor Jono Goss will lead a second disability sailing session as part of the Be Healthy and Active program next Wednesday, March 18, from 10am to 3pm  at Wyaralong Dam.

For more information phone Jono on 0428 868 169.

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