Wooden Boat

Association of Queensland

Caloundra messabout

31st August to 2nd September.

By Ron Prescott.

 

Once again Caloundra proved our most popular messabout with 20 boats and too many wives and husbands to mention.

This is just a great location, perfect weather with clear blue sky and temperature of 25 degrees plus a good variety of good accommodation from caravan parks and units.  The Power Boat Club makes a convenient location for meet and greet on Friday and a meal on the Saturday night.  19 members stayed until Monday and enjoyed a farewell meal at the Italian restaurant.


Caloundra Messabout 1SATURDAY: Our decision to explore Bells Creek was a great success, Billy our local connection guided us through the very shallow entrance then it was quite deep for approximately 8 km up a very quiet and peaceful creek.

After lunch, we held the Russell Lanigan Memorial Trophy event (see cover photo) and this year we decided like all major events to have two winners, line honour first across the line and the main trophy winner based on a complicated mathematical system known only to the sailing committee based on the age of the skipper (in his early eighties), and the age of the boat (built in 1968).

We were all very pleased that the winner was Larry Loveday in spite of crew Chris Treloar who was not happy that Larry had a Johnson 2.3 outboard not his beloved Seagull.

The line honour went to Ian College sailing his one year old Ian Oughtred 14.6 in a very close finish.  A vintage bottle of Port went to each winner plus the Russell Lanigan Memorial Trophy to Larry.

SUNDAY: At 10.0. clock we held the Timed Man Overboard event. 

Caloundra Messabout 2 In lieu of a man, a life jacket was thrown over near the committee boat and time taken to retrieve under sail.  This was not heavily contended but as there was a bottle of Port for the winner, Geoff Williams with Don Burrows as crew were first to have a go and set an unbelievable time of 1 minute.

We then sailed over to the Blue Hole actually on Bribie Island for morning tea then with the help of our local members to guide us through the sand banks we sailed back to the Caloundra side, almost to the Caloundra Bar.

Prize giving and presentation took place back at the beach by the Power Boat Club just after lunch to allow for sailors returning to Brisbane.  A most successful week-end with perfect weather and sailing conditions.

Caloundra Messabout 3

 


 

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