A NEW 5.5 metre inflatable Zodiac will not only support the safety of young sailors on Hobart’s Derwent River but will also be an invaluable asset at sailing regattas around the state and nationally.
The Tasmanian District Laser Association (TDLA) purchased the new boat – named Laser Chaser – to provide a safe, reliable and steady coaching vessel, as well as to support sailing safety during competitions and regattas.
The vessel was purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) and was recently “christened” by local Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer.
Ms Archer has been a strong supporter of Hobart’s large sailing community for many years, especially around promoting health and wellbeing, and safety on the water.
“I am delighted that the Tasmanian Community Fund saw fit to provide $29,000 towards the purchase of this new inflatable vessel, which will contribute significantly to the TDLA’s coaching capability and sailor safety,” Ms Archer said.
“The Tasmanian Community Fund provides grants to community organisations, like the TDLA, that make a difference and enhance the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.”
The Tasmanian District Laser Association is a not-for-profit association that supports Laser sailboat sailing.
TDLA president Roger King said he was “thrilled” with the new addition to the club’s Laser fleet.
“This new boat will be used to support both our coaching and regatta program,” he said.
“During regattas it will double up as a support/safety boat as it carries all the mandatory safety equipment as required by Marine Safety Tasmania.
“Many of our sailors travel to the mainland for the National Championships, as well as to National Youth Championships.
“In the past, we have had to borrow or hire support boats, but now we will be able to take our own boat and it will be set up just the way that we need it.
“It would have taken us another 10 years to save the money to purchase this boat, so we are indebted to Elise Archer and the Tasmanian Community Fund for their generous support to Tasmanian sailing.”
TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the Fund was happy to provide support for TDLA’s ongoing development.
“With the purchase of the new Zodiac, the TDLA now has a dedicated vessel to support the safety and development of Tasmanian sailors,” she said.
“As the club’s membership continues to grow, this will hopefully allow it to consistently meet national and world class sailing benchmarks and provide on-water coaching, rescue and support to our local sailors.”
Caption: Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Tasmanian District Laser Association members around the newly christened Laser Chaser.