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SAILING THROUGH THE ARTS

THE Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) have established a community project to connect the yacht club with the community through arts through the development of a large-scale mural at the clubhouse.

Talented artist from the Glimarman Art School Robi Glimar joined forces with the club to develop a mural that was painted by local school children to be enjoyed by the wider community.

The mural is displayed over five panels that were produced offsite in conjunction with local school students from Taroona Primary, Waimea Heights Primary and St. Mary’s College.

“Robi Gilmar has a wealth of experience supervising children to produce airbrushed artwork with a cause and has successfully completed many community-based projects at schools and government institutions,” RYCT business development manager Almer Elzink said.

“Through their involvement and teamwork, the students learn new skills that many be used for the development of their professional pathway in life.”

The artwork colourfully depicts a ‘Tackers’ race with a crowd on the foreshore supporting and cheering the kids sailing.

It is on the northern walk of the club’s ‘off the beach’ dinghy sheds adjacent to the Hutchins School’s Power of 9 outdoor education building, facing the Sandy Bay foreshore and Battery Point.

“This location has been chosen due to the great number of passers-by that enjoy the beach walking their dog and exercising,” Mr Elzink said.

“The inclusion of pets and families as part of the crowd in the mural further enhances RYCT’s values with family, recreational sports, health and community at its core.”

Mr Elzink said the initial feedback had been overwhelmingly encouraging.

“Compared to other areas such as North Hobart, the arts have been slightly neglected in the Sandy Bay area and has been especially hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The execution of the project was documented through a time-lapse video.

RYCT is a member-based club dedicated to the development of recreational sailing and extended community-based services through our clubhouse located on Marieville Esplanade in Sandy Bay.

It aims to bring the community together through sport, with its best example being the joint management of the Sydney to Hobart Race, which provides a yearly spectacle to the community.

Mr Elzink said the club played a significant role in developing Australian and international champions in the sport of recreational sailing, with a focus on creating opportunities for junior sailors through youth programs.

“Our sailing programs provide a social environment where children and teenagers can cultivate real friendships with others from their local area, while potentially igniting a love for sailing in the process,” he said.

“While the COVID-19 lockdown had forced us to put our programs on standby, we thought of other ways to reach out and show our commitment to bring the community together again.”

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