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28 January, 2018
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Knotting Hill Winery Regatta- Jan 2018
It seems these days it takes more than just having a friendly tussle on the water with like-minded sailors to get the GP14 fraternity in Western Australia spurred into action! The promise of a fun day sailing on a small dam in a winery located in the famous Margaret River region drew them out the woodwork. The annual Knotting Hill Winery Regatta saw 3 Geeps from Mounts Bay Sailing Club travel the 3 hours south of Perth to join another 3 Geeps from Dunsborough Bay Yacht Club (to be honest we couldn’t comfortably fit many more on the dam at once!) plus a scattering of Minnows and Splash dinghies for the youngsters resulted in what is always a memorable event. The now familiar family banter between competing father and son Fowler could be heard across the dam much to the amusement of all. The first late morning race was shortened due to the typically fickle light winds whereby luck was as much a factor as skill but after a delightful lunch imbibing as much liquid as solid fuel, the wind built up for the next three close finishing races. Morgan and John in Slow Coach took out the first race with Bruce and Steve in La Rousse pipping the post in the next two. A hefty impact at the top mark between La Rousse and Cocktail Cherry showed violence does not always win, relegating La Rousse to the back end of the fleet but it was not enough to lose the title! Final positions were 1st Bruce and Steve in La Rousse, with a monster 5l red as top prize, 2nd Louis and Tom in Cocktail Cherry with a white magnum, and Morgan and John with a regular white in 3rd. As always, grateful thanks to Michael and Sondra of Knotting Hill Winery for their donation of wine, marron and meal vouchers for prizes plus thanks to the DBYC members for organising and managing the event.
Photos of the event can be seen on the Gallery page
New and Lost Members
We bid a very warm welcome to new member Mark Engelbert who has taken up the crewing slot with Ian with a reminder Louis is once more looking for regular crew. We are sorry to see two new members leaving us after not long in the fraternity, Fred and Fraser, both of whom are also selling their boats.
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 again for periods during January, February and March. May you break a leg fellas – or is that the wrong thing to say to a skier?
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