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This Site Last Updated :

13 March, 2016

 

 

 

Regatta Results

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. The newsletter has a full account of the racing, along with a video record on the Links and Videos page

 

Unique Sailing on Winery Dam

 

 

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.

 

Results:               

1.  Bruce Quail/Steve Heywood in La Rousse                             (Mounts Bay SC)             

2.  Louis Proksch/Steve Dickinson in Cocktail Cherry                   (Mounts Bay SC)

3.  Morgan Flower/Finian Demoue in Slow Coach                        (DBYC)

4. Steve Flower/Trish Flower/James Myburgh in Black Adder        (DBYC)

5. Ian Greenham/Hawaii in Eshowe                                         (Mounts Bay SC)

A video of some of the racing can be seen here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAPSgDnIOA

 

Flying Fish regatta - Not Held 2016
What was a unique 'turn-around' interclub regatta at Dunsborough where teams sail everyone else's boat except their own, was then integrated into the Blackwood Challenge as a team cup but due to the Blackwood Challenge not being held in 2016 it was again not competed for. Read accounts of the original races here : 20072008

 

Blackwood Challenge - Not Held 2016

An annual pilgrimage to Augusta is made by several boats from Perth and Dunsborough to take advantage of the great Augusta Yacht Club facilities and hospitality. Sailing on the Blackwood River with it's notoriously gusty winds is always a challenge so AYC have now delayed this annual event from January to April when fairer weather is expected.

Previous Blackwood diaries can be found here :

2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

 

 

Refer to the Photo Gallery for more pictures of the various events we attend