Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club 100th Season Opening

24 Oct 2019 speech

One hundred years ago, in October 1919, sailors from Brighton and Seacliff came together to form the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club. I was honoured to attend the opening of their 100th season, on 12 October 2019, to mark this momentous occasion, along with Premier Stephen Marshall and state government colleagues Corey Wingard, the sports minister and David Speirs, the environment minister, with a special appearance by the tall ship One and All. As the premier remarked when he opened the season, sailing is one of the few sports that can be enjoyed by all ages, with generations of families competing and volunteering at the same time.

The Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club has certainly seen many notable competitions in the past century. The club made Australian yachting history when it hosted the 505 World Series, in 1966, the first world series ever held in Australia. The club hosted the 505 World Championships again in 1983 and in 2007.

The club achieved another significant milestone this year with the appointment of the first female commodore, Lisa Brock. Lisa has always been a trailblazer in the club, a lifelong competitor and volunteer. Her fellow officers including retiring commodore, Rob Turton, Vice Commodore Peter Woolman and Rear Commodore Phil Scapens, and I know former commodore Bruce Noble will continue his support, as will Junior Commodore Charlie Piro, and Junior Vice Commodore Josh Webb, who gave an outstanding speech at the season opening. Congratulations to Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club members and volunteers on their centenary and all the best for the years ahead.