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Knotting Hill Winery Regatta - Jan 2017
The annual regatta at Knotting Hill Winery in Margaret River region was once again a memorable occasion. The sight of six GP14s along with a smattering of Minnows and Splashes was a sight to behold, especially on a small stretch of water. Mirror calm waters ruffled periodically with patchy breezes made the sailing rather a challenge early in the day, including a natural handicap by calling the start whilst the previous champ was at the other end of the dam! The breezes did become more constant although still light and fluky off the land and wonderful to see new GP14 skipper Sara with crew/coach Dad Peter Haines in Aeolus III from DBYC and newcomers brother/sister team Pedro and Ingrid Laurent in Minette, now renamed Elle J.
There was the usual banter from the onlookers as the yachts called “rights” on each other around the course including tremendous family rivalry from the Flowers and some of the close finishes got the crowd excited.
It is always a great day at Knotting Hill, and the Winery tempted everyone with their marron and fish pies and tapas plates of food, along with their beautiful wines of course. And as always the Gould family were very generous with their marron vouchers and wine for the lucky winners.
1. Morgan Flower/Finian Demoue in Slow Coach (DBYC)
2. Sara Haines/Peter Haines in Aeolis III (DBYC)
3. Bruce Quail/Steve Heywood in La Rousse (MBSC)
A full report and photos can be seen on the Regatta and Gallery pages
New and Lost Members
We bid a very warm welcome to new member Pedro Laurent skippering Minette, now renamed Elle J, and sister Ingrid who has taken up the crewing slot with Louis left vacant by Stephen. We were very sorry to see long time members Stephen and Matti Dickinson leave us for the Eastern States and we hope they settle in to their new location with ease. We also bid farewell to Hawaii Yi who has done such a great job crewing for Ian over the past few years and he will also be missed.
Skiing in the Sailing Season?
Due to some poor planning, or the attraction of cooler climes in the summer, means we are without most of our regulars for the month of February. May you break a leg fellas – or is that the wrong thing to say to a skier?
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