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Published November 22nd 2012
Three sheets to the wind
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Sailing Majestically at Woorabinda Lake

[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.

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The Boats in Dry Dock

The Stirling Marblehead Yacht Racing Club meets weekly with the ducks at the Woorabinda Lake Reserve. It seems a friendly arrangement, although I think the ducks get more benefit!

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Ducking for Cover

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.

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Tension Mounts During the Race

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.

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Disinterested Bystanders

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.

Whew! No need for the sea rescue squadron today.

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To the Rescue

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).

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They're Racing!

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.

And don't forget something for the ducks too.

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Colurful Native Flora at Woorabinda
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Why? It's fun to play, just don't call them toys
When: Every Wednesday, 10am - 3.30pm
Phone: (08) 85550440
Where: Woorabinda Drive, Stirling, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Dave you are so productive!!
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2404 days ago
Yay! We've got a radio controlled boat we haven't even taken out yet, after a coupla years... Thorndon Pk doesn't allow them there and had neglected to do our homework on where they were allowed.

This is obviously the place. We're there!

Thanks Dave, this is really so cool.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2403 days ago
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