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[ADVERT]Anyone reading the title is bound to think I have gone bananas. As we all know, sailing and yacht clubs are found in coastal areas; think Glenelg, Henley, Grange or Brighton. But a yacht club in the Hills at Stirling?
Of course the seasoned yacht enthusiast will already be shaking their head in despair, knowing that a Marblehead yacht is in fact a radio controlled model yacht.
It is a little over a metre long, and around two metres high, making it much more portable than the Glenelg variety.
Seriously though, the club is a friendly bunch of guys who have a model yacht race meeting every Wednesday at the lake. To an untrained eye it all seems a bit casual - there seems to be as much chatting as racing, but that's not a problem as they usually make a day of it.
The yacht club started a racing session on my request, and tension quickly built. There was a runaway boat! One of the members had overlooked switching on the boat's receiver and it was getting away in the current while the ducks looked on idly.
The whole membership swung into action before the runaway escaped to the other end of the lake. Skilfully showing their teamwork they corralled the escapee boat and gently nudged it back to shore and its relieved owner.
I never got to find out who won the race. Or even if there was an agreed winner. I was worn out after tramping several kilometres through the rest of the Stirling Linear Park. But I will be back to check up on these guys again.
Too often we hear of people not enjoying themselves in their retirement - getting lost in a pub or just moping at home. It was great to see a bunch of guys having a laugh and a thoroughly good time. (Now I am NOT suggesting that all of these people are retired, just maybe getting closer to it).
Spectators are absolutely welcome, and often get a chance to control a boat, so even if you don't want to join the club then just come down on a Wednesday to take a look at some fine sailing. Woorabinda Lake Reserve is a beautiful place to visit, so maybe bring a picnic.