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13 March, 2016
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Knotting Hill Winery Regatta - Jan 2016
A first attendance for the GP14 Association and what a great event it turned out to be! Sailing on a small body of water with flukey winds made for some great racing and the wonderful comraderie in that apsrt of the world is always a delight.
A tremendous day of non-stop sailing of heats and finals at Knotting Hill Winery in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia was a winner for us and certain to become a January fixture in our calendar for the future. The annual regatta on a winery dam resulted in a huge crowd of supportive parents, members and visitors enjoying the picnic atmosphere, the fierce competition and the colourful spectacle of boats, sails and spinnakers on the dam. The wind stayed with the sailors all day and the gusts and angles of wind on the land-locked water made for interesting situations around the buoys in such a restricted area!
The Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club organised event was attended by their junior sailors in Minnows with three
Splash dinghies sailed by both Youth and Senior sailors providing keen interest and competition as usual.
Three GP14s came down from Perth to join two from DBYC – considered a crowd on a small stretch of water. Tussles were keen and noisy as spinnakers flew at all angles and gusts tested the sailors’ patience and fortitude. There was a lot of banter from onlookers, as there was nowhere for the sailors to hide in the restricted area around the course. The tussles between father and son in the Flower family were in deadly earnest, sometimes providing a race within the race – to the amusement and comments of onlookers! The loss and subsequent recovery of a GoPro off La Rousse’s boom added further interest to a memorable outing.
A video of some of the racing can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAPSgDnIOA
Wyndham Resort Regatta - Feb 2016
Another first for us was joining DBYC in their annual pilgrimage up the coast to Wyndham Resort where a very welcoming BBQ and 'happy hour' drinks were provided by Wyndham. Only La Rousse and Eshowe represented the MBSC contingent as the others were away skiing in Japan, as one does, but great fun none the less.
New Members - Mar 2016
We bid a very warm welcome to some new members and participants, Fred with Ho Hum, Fraser with Skylark and Guy with Green Leader. Great to see these boats back on the water and hopefully they will become regulars on our waters.
We are having a break now for several weeks as our three teams from MBSC head overseas to participate in the 2016 Worlds in Barbados. Spare a thought for those of us doing it for our country amidst the white sands, palm trees & rum!
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