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• Bob Turner on the proposed site at Sandy Beach with Cr Mark Edwards

One of the most picturesque spots on Russell Island, Sandy Beach, could soon have a sailing club.

The concept is the brainchild of Russell Island local, former sailor, artist and designer, Bob Turner.

Bob believes a sailing club on Russell Island is 'long overdue' and could play a significant role in future tourism directions and activities for island youth in particular.

"The genesis for the concept came from the development of a Kayak Club, with which I have had some involvement," he told The Friendly Bay Islander.

"Sandy Beach is a beautiful spot on Russell Island and I have put some designs and concepts in place and presented them to our local councillor, Mark Edwards.

"The position is ideal for safe sailing conditions and the site is picturesque. I believe it has huge potential to attract visitors and locals alike," Bob Turner said.

Cr Mark Edwards agreed.

"The concept has considerable potential. Certainly such a facility is needed in an island community.

"Officers are considering the request and a recommendation will be brought to Council for a decision in the near future," Cr Edwards said.

The islands already has a successful sailing club, the Tingira Boat Club, on Macleay Island.

Bob Turner said the Sandy Beach Sailing and Kayak Club would be a venue for locals and visitors involving race days, sailing events, kayak trecks, learn to sail classes for children and adults, and sailboat and kayak hire, and more.

By the way, if you are interested in becoming a club member you can email or phone 34092220.

Paddlers, sailors, wannabes, learners, boat owners, nomn boat owners, race officials, old sea dogs and ancient mariners are NOW REQUIRED!

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