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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. 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.
A video of some of the racing can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAPSgDnIOA
Fish regatta - Not Held 2016
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 :
Refer to the Photo Gallery for more pictures of the various events we attend