After four years of research, the creation of 200 pages and archiving 400 photographs, the Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club has celebrated the launch of its very own history book; Team Wangi - The History of Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club.
Celebrating the Club’s 45 year history, the book was put together by Club patrons with the final production of the book being a collaborative community project with Lake Macquarie City Council, Centennial Coal and Wangi RSL Club all lending a hand.
“We have been really lucky to play a part in the Club’s history and I have enjoyed taking part in the Club’s activities such as its Australia Day regatta, and we look forward to working with them for many more years to come,” said Centennial’s Veronica Warren, who attended the book launch.
“The launch really helped celebrate the remarkable achievements of the Club over the years and proved what a valuable role the Club has played not only in our local community but also within the larger Sailing community. The history book really does capture the Club’s spirit,” she said.
With local painter Melanie Gibson’s depiction of Wangi Bay adorning the front cover, the book covers everything from the Club’s early beginnings and Club member’s, right up to local sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen’s Olympic Gold Medal win, which was well and truly a last minute addition to the book.
With more than 200 people attending the book launch, the Club’s boat house was stretched to capacity and saw earlier Club members travel from all parts of Australia to attend, including Norma Barrcroft who was the mainstay of the Club in its infancy, and to whom the book is dedicated.
Copies of Team Wangi - The History of Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club can be purchased from the Club. For more information please visit: http://www.wangirslasc.yachting.org.au