Saturday 2nd June was the 2018 Beach Week event. The event was held at Mindil Beach this year to accommodate a growing crowd. The event incorporates COME-N-TRY events for a variety of beach water sports all in the one location, creating greater exposure and networking opportunities than would otherwise be possible.
Eight different sports were represented in 2018 with Sea Scouts, Navy Cadets & Duke of Edinburgh also attending and using the day as an opportunity to fundraise and promote their organisations. More than 2000 people came down on the day despite it being a bust Dry Season weekend.
COME-N-TRY activities included sailing, water-skiing & tube riding, outrigging, dragon boating, stand up paddle boarding, surf lifesaving, beach touch & beach volleyball. There were also food stalls, face painting, gigantic bubbles, pirates, mermaids, jumping castle, radio broadcasting and a variety of beach and water related stalls.
Sailing was strongly represented with volunteers from Darwin Sailing Club, Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association, NT Minnow Association, Sailing Adventures NT & Australian Sailing taking part in various aspects of the program. Approximately 100 people tried sailing on the day with an even mix of both small and large boats. Both the DSC & DBCYA volunteers were also interviewed on Mix 104.9 promoting all things sailing J
A BIG thank you to everyone that came together on the day across different clubs and organisations to deliver a well-run activity on behalf of our sport. There was only positive feedback from those people that took the opportunity to give sailing a go. We even had to turn people away as we ran out of water and they kept on coming down to the beach!