Yacht Club celebrates its fifty years
Dick Wedge really enjoys the feeling of getting on the high seas, wind hitting in his sails, as well as the salt water smell filling his lungs. Decades earlier, this is one of the reasons why he as well as some other sailors decided that it was the best time that they had a yacht club in the summer side.
Wedge, now 80, is serving the club found celebrate their golden anniversary. He added that they did not think of any anniversary when they started. They were only young people full of vinegar and piss who decided that they required a yacht club and they did it. And they are still there.
In the year 1964, the very first Summerside Yacht Club opened its doors officially, with less than twenty members, and all of whom had one thing in common and that is their love of sailing. Wedge and his friend Elmer Newson began a sailing event in the year 1963, using fourteen tiny prams to teach youngsters how to sail and it caught on quite fast.
Wedge told that the parents of the kids that were taking the sailing program got interested, that is when they decided it was time that Summerside have a yacht club. Their 1st step was to see a home.
Talks to buy a house located between Holmans Wharf and the railway wharf went up in smoke well when the house was burned down. After that, the band approached the government to lease the place where Spinnakers Landing now sits.