There was a good turnout for the unofficial Sailing Day on 22 Jan! We were pleased to meet new member Simon Webb and his crew, who travelled from near Bendigo with Oughtred-designed Arctic Tern Oenon to his first WBA event. The Lake was busy with walkers, joggers, cyclists and pic-nickers, and the pleasant day and light conditions were perfect for mucking about on the water. Jimmie Baillie rowed Hunca Munca the length of the lake and later sailed with Geoff Carroll in Bluebelle, Penny & Jim gave guest Chris the helm of Talisman while David Stott put son Andrew’s $100 Pacer through its sea-trials, declaring it satisfactory subject to new rigging. Leigh McNolty, Jill Carroll, Jenny Stott, Andrew Stott and friend and Andrew Campbell did not venture out on the water but we enjoyed a convivial lunch together. Members of APYC were also out and about, their social sailing day timed to coincide with the WBA’s – an excellent idea.


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Wed Feb 13 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
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Sailing Day (in lieu of Club Night)
Sun Mar 24 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day and 30th Anniversary celebrations

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