The Call of the Wild is upon us and Sandshoes McGowan has invited us to respond to the Call and to Wander Over Yonder to somewhere, where even if you don’t think it’s Wild, you might be able to hear it from there.
Pemberton was a case in point for me last weekend – maybe more the Call of The Bogan down there, but at least the weather was wild on Sunday morning. Lumberjack shirts were definitely in order.
And now we start that part of our calendar that does require us to Wander Over Yonder and take our boats with us – it’s up to you as to whether you think Albany, Bunbury and a southwest winery count as wild or not. Of course, some of our sailors have been known to act a bit Wild on the Friday and Saturday nights mid-regatta, but that was when they were much younger. These days they’re responding more to the call of the mild.
In just over two weeks’ time Perth IOM sailors will be descending on Albany for the Great Southern Buster IOM Regatta (Sat/Sun 29/30 August), to be followed two weeks later by a repeat visit for the DF 95 State Championships (Sat/Sun 12/13 September). In each case the regattas are a sort of a test event for the venue, as they’ll both be sailed at the ‘new’ lake on North Road, recently refurbished for radio sailing by the Albany City Council. Maybe the lake will be good enough to be considered for the 2021 Nationals, that are currently postponed but still intended to be held somewhere, sometime, in WA. Don’t forget, both these events need to be entered online so that organisers can be prepared for the numbers sailing.
And then, two weeks again after that, IOM sailors will be off again to test venues for possible future ranking event use: On Saturday 26 September, we’ll be at Knotting Hill Winery in Wilyabrup where they have a humungous lake that’s big enough to sail dinghies on, and on Sunday we’ll be back in Bunbury, sailing in flat water on a spot that’s been identified in Koombana Bay, near The Plug. The thinking is that the events will start and finish at times that allow sailors in Perth to drive down on Saturday morning and drive home on Sunday afternoon, with only the need for one night’s accommodation down south. Sounds like an opportunity too for SWMBOs to enjoy a little fresh air and wine while the boys are busy. Bunbury ain’t so wild anymore and wineries can be quite distracting. Not to mention the breweries and distilleries that are springing up everywhere down there these days.
Stay tuned for more details but mark your diaries now.
Thursday 13 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing at Jackadder Lake from 2.00 pm. Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 16, Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds.
Saturday 15 August 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing at Jackadder Lake from 2.00 pm. Weather: Showers, Max 19, Likely Storm Developing, Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. A thunderstorm likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light during the afternoon.
DF 95 sailors should note that, again, Wanderers sailors have been invited to join us at Jackadder on Saturday afternoon, while we wait to resolve the permission issues to use the South Perth lake. Unfortunately, the wheels of government turn exceeding slow and the necessary steps that have to be taken are not yet complete.
A Class fixtures that were on the calendar for this weekend have been postponed due to low numbers of boats available and bad conditions for sailing A Class at Maylands, so we hope to see the sailors at Jackadder with their IOMs instead.