Australia Day 2012 was celebrated in style by Inverloch Windsurfing Club and GOKITE. The day began with our traditional flag raising and annual formation "sail by" performed by around 15 sailors, mostly on retro longboards. This is our version of the first fleet. Each windsurfer had an Aussie flag affixed somehow as we co-ordinated 3 precision passes of the Angling Club foreshore.
After that we fired up the BBQ and enjoyed a sausage sizzle. Another great job done by Ian and Cara. For dessert we had fantastic home made Lamintons and Anzac biscuits. Tash they were delicious.
After lunch it was time to play some beach cricket. The challenge had been set and the guantlet thrown down, between IWC and GOKITE in what we hope will be an annual cricket match. If IWC was to lose to GOKITE in this challenge, our club President would have a kitesurfing lesson and if GOKITE lost, a windsurfing lesson would be given to Kate. 4 teams of 6 were formed, (2 for each side), heats were played and then came the final hitout. IWC were the winning team on the day.
The day was a fantastic chance to all get together and have some fun. Thanks to all whom attended. I will ask Mrs Fireman Sam to upload some photos!
Who gets to do the lesson with Kate...or is there a line
Fantastic photos Tash. I love the panoramic shots of the sail past! Awsome stuff
great pics...agree with Simmo,,altho' the panorama really shows how Naz thought it was a race not a sail past!
Yep - Another great day down at Inverloch with a great crew. Decided to hand the mantle over to Moondo to run the day and he did a great day - Thanks Simon.
Arrived to Drift raising the Aussie flag on the Angling Club(ahemm - without permission) but June was ok with that when she arrived Left Simon to the organisation whilst I pulled out the 20 - 30 yo Jet Division 2 Longboard and set about working out how to tie on the boom. Damnation - the mast broke - you would think they would last more than 20 years - any chance of a warranty! Use my new tech mast and get the sail to rig on it, tie on the Australian flag to the head of the sail and join everybody else for the sail past. Woohoo What a picture with 15 plus rigs on the water. The Jet cruised up the first leg then broke a uni joint! I want my $55 back!!!(purchase cost of board off ebay) Tie on the mast base and cruising past everyone on the second run and the rope breaks. Simmo and Drift pick me up on the third run and tow me back in!! Thanks guys.
After lunch the beach cricket was on. Bragging rights between the Kiters and Windsurfers where on the line. If IWC lost - I had to take a Kite Lesson. If GoKite lost, Kate would have to take a windsurfing lesson. A few of our IWC guys and gals turned out to be gun players. Pete the Postman(apart from having to administer a heart starter to him), Tim, Lozza, Sherelee,Jimmy and Woody brought the bacon home for IWC Scorecard 40 to 33. Thanks to SHQ for the prize - Eyes Wide Open DVD and umpies hat and lanyard!
During this time Drift was out teaching 3 new club members on our newly purchased
club gear and returning the odd ball hit out into the deep!
Highlights for me - seeing 15 odd rigs on the water with Aussie flags flying and another 15 club members turn up to support the day even though they did not get wet, Roy's Aussie sunglasses, Antoine's Aussie Rash vest that sort of covered his private bits, IWC winning the inaugural beach cricket challenge and our mother's club and baby day care centre(what happened 18 months ago is what I want to know!)
AND the best thing was Summer(all of 5) hanging off the uphaul rope on the Club's 205 ltr Funster as Drift sails up and down the Inlet. Sorry Paul - you will need to invest in another board and rig soon!!!
In the interests of detente I decided to take a kiting lesson with Kate
Sorry guys - someone has got to suffer
That Australian flag sail is the b0mb!
Looked like a great day out - I think I need to book already for next year.... those camping spots disappear.........