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More than 60 boats are expected to be on the water of Caroline Bay this weekend, during a Timaru junior sailing regatta.

Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club member Heather Berger said the club had about 20 young sailors from 8 to 19 years old.

In addition to the Timaru sailors at the weekend’s regatta, the club was expecting entrants from as far afield as Nelson, Picton, Christchurch and Wanaka, totalling more than 60 boats, she said.

Her husband Rob, who manages the club’s junior sailors, said most regattas were spread over two days, as there were from three to four races a day, with each race lasting from 45 minutes to an hour.

Sailing would run from about 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and members of the public were welcome to watch.

While the less experienced sailors would take on a course around Caroline Bay, those with more experience would venture out to the approaches of the harbour to compete, he said.

Mr Berger said the junior membership of the club tended to go in cycles. There were more mid-teens competitors a few years ago as the sailors often went through the clubs in groups before going off to study.

However, the club did have several successful young competitors. Four young sailors competing in the P-class nationals last year, along with others in the Starling nationals and Optimist nationals as well.

He said if anyone was interested in taking up sailing, many boats required crew members during their sailing sessions, so people were welcome to turn up.

“Come down and ask around.”

The club also offered an adult learn-to-sail on a needs-required basis, he said.

The Timaru age-group regatta will be held on February 10-11, at the Timaru Yacht and Powerboat Club, at the end of Marine Pde. Races will run from 11am to about 4pm both days.