Nelson Leader : March 21st 2013
3 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 21, 2013 NEWS CONTACT ME TODAY Scott Dayman Business Manager 03 539 0809 firstname.lastname@example.org Immediate pre-approval Hassel free with flexible terms APPLY ONLINE or rade? 5212806AA Time fo an upg www.nelsonbaysfinance.co.nz Ask about our optional 3 months DEFERRED PAYMENTS Sail in to see the dentist Smile for sails: Andrew Meffan, left, and Chris Roff with one of the Nelson Yacht Club's learn-to-sail Topaz yachts. Photo: SIMON BLOOMBERG Nelson dentist Andrew Meffan is offering to give his professional time for the next few weeks to help the Nelson Yacht Club fundraise for new learn-to-sail boats. Andrew will give the first $500 of fees per patient to the fundraising effort to fund a Topaz yacht worth $8500. The campaign, called Smiles for Sails is now open to new and existing patients until Easter. Andrew said anyone who needed dental treatment and wanted to support the new learn-to sail fleet should quickly book in at DentalCare Nelson or Richmond. We ve never tried this before but I m on the fundrais- ing committee and wanted to get some results quickly as the boats are available now and we want to get some more people out on the water before the sailing season ends, Andrew said. They just book in, attend, and pay our regular fees and for once have the satisfaction of knowing that their money isn t going to the dentist. Please make a move soon as the programme will have to end within a reasonable time. The yacht club has bought three new Topaz learn-to-sail yachts but urgently needs three more to make up a viable fleet, he said. The Topaz is great for teaching adults and teenagers the basics of sailing in the same way the Optimist has been good with pre-teens. A Topaz is a 3.8 metre tough polyethylene-hulled centreboard yacht which can take a main sail and additional sails for high per- formance racing. It can be sailed by one or two adults or crews of two or more children. The Nelson Yacht Club was following a world-wide trend towards owning boats suitable for learning basic skills through to fleet racing, he said. Once a sailor has the basics they can move straight on to racing without the hur- dle of buying their own boat. This removes a big barrier to participation in the sport, Andrew said. Club vice-commodore Chris Roff said the club was seeking sponsors to help build up its learn-to-sail fleets so it could make sailing accessible and affordable for Nelson families. He said Andrew s offer was hugely generous and he hoped other businesses would also be able to help. The club s membership has almost doubled in the last year to 250 members and a big part of that is because we have a very good coach look- ing after the learn-to-sail pro- gramme. But that means we need more boats. We have three now and need six so we can get 12 sailors out on the water at once. Chris said sponsors of the yachts would have their busi- ness name or logo on the sail of the yachts for three years. The boats are out there every day so it s really good advertising, he said. Anyone wishing to make a booking for Smile for Sails can call DentalCare Nelson- Richmond on 543 9230.
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