Blue Peter Regatta takes wooden boats to Coochie

Coochiemudlo Island makes a stunning backdrop for the boat 'Osprey' in the inaugural Blue Peter Regatta. Photo by Stephen Archer
Coochiemudlo Island makes a stunning backdrop for the boat 'Osprey' in the inaugural Blue Peter Regatta. Photo by Stephen Archer
Winner of the inaugural Blue Peter Regatta, Rob Pollard, under sail in his boat 'Yawl'. Photo by Stephen Archer

Winner of the inaugural Blue Peter Regatta, Rob Pollard, under sail in his boat 'Yawl'. Photo by Stephen Archer

The inaugural Blue Peter Regatta, for traditional and wooden boats, was held in the waters off Coochiemudlo Island recently.

Event organiser Jono Goss said 11 "brave little boats" sailed to the island from Dunwich, Macleay Island and Victoria Point in perfect conditions, but their skippers were well prepared for a forecast of strong winds.

"The regatta commenced with a Le Mans start off Main Beach and circumnavigated the island in light conditions," Jono said.

"Ross Pollard and his strong rowing crew were first to finish in the beautifully handcrafted boat, Yawl.

"Everyone helped clean up the beach as part of the treasure hunt and had a great sail home."

Jono said the regatta, held during this year's winter solstice weekend, would be held annually at the winter solstice as a fun way for the community and the Blue Peter skippers to celebrate a season of sailing with the The Sea School, a not-for-profit training organisation that facilitates skills development, group work and personal growth through marine activities.

For more information, visit www.bluepeteraustralia.com or contact Jono on 0428 868 169.

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