Critique is an art form that requires a light touch, with a splash of irony and good humour to soften the blows.
Published July 16th 2016
Tacking Requires Lots of Ducking
Hollywell Sailing Squadron maintains a small clubhouse overlooking the pristine northern-most reaches of the magnificent Gold Coast Broadwater, with uninterrupted views across to the sandy beaches of South Stradbroke Island. This relaxed little hideaway is the casual cousin of the much larger Southport Yacht Club (SYC) located further south on The Spit at Main Beach.
Hollywell clubhouse provides a range of services for SYC members, their guests, and visitors, but guests are always welcome. You do not have to be a member of the club to come in for a drink or a meal, or to participate in many of the sailing events.
The recently refurbished clubhouse offers a bar, bistro and open-air undercover seating with views out across the Broadwater. Food and drink prices are refreshingly realistic and inexpensive, in addition to specials available on various days.
Hollywell's Sailing Office is responsible for a range of programs including learn-to-sail programs for children and adults, sailing camps for children, plus junior and youth training programs. The strength of the program is that it offers a range of different opportunities to all levels of sailors. Hollywell is also one of the venues for Sailability, an organisation providing sailing opportunities for people with a disability.
There are also a range of services to cater specifically to the needs of the sailing fraternity, including hot showers in the new bathroom facilities that are definitely top class.