OVER a thousand people enjoyed the fun and activities on and off the water for Keppel Bay Sailing Club’s 60th anniversary celebrations over the weekend.

KBSC Manager Julie Strudwick said the turnout was a testament to how much the club has been an important part of the Capricorn Coast community for the past 60 years.

“Members and visitors packed Spinnaker on Friday night with entertainment from Natural Culture as we welcomed our visiting sailors and supporters to the club,” Ms Strudwick said.

“Saturday was a huge day on the water with the All Boats May Day Regatta providing plenty of action on the water. We also had the opening of our Memorabilia Exhibit in the Commodore Room at the Clubhouse providing plenty of artefacts from the clubs history kindly donated for the day by past and present members.

“On Sunday, the wind picked up providing loads of action with the final heats of the regatta, the life members luncheon, presentations and everyone’s favourite race, ‘Dash for Cash’ providing some very competitive racing for all ages.”

Ms Strudwick said the club had entertainment all weekend with lots of giveaways and activities to suit everyone but her favourite part of the weekend was seeing the clubs life members including some of the original founding members come out and join the festivities and share their memories of the clubs history.

“Our founding members had a vision to increase participation in the sport of sailing and to develop a club that was very much a part of the Capricorn Coast community,
Ms Strudwick said.

“Hearing the amazing stories of hard work and dedication by years of volunteers was heartfelt for me.

“Our founding members and all those incredible volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make the club what is today, can feel a sense of satisfaction in the knowledge that they created a strong community minded club that is still dedicated today to enhancing the sport of sailing and engaging our youth in both healthy outdoor recreation as well as providing employment and training opportunities to build a better future.”