Ramps say a lot about con­di­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara barom­e­ter

We have high­lighted be­fore how to tell if the week­end is go­ing to be windy — just check the cal­en­dar for any fish­ing comps.

Well, a very sim­i­lar ac­tiv­ity can say a lot about a qual­ity day out as well.

Last Sun­day, at least 250 four-wheel-drives with trail­ers hitched up were parked up at Hamp­ton Har­bour Yacht Club and the public boat ramp in Dampier.

With so many windy week­ends so far this win­ter, there was clearly no way Pil­bar­ians were go­ing to miss a glass-off.

In­deed, the towns them­selves were pretty quiet with ev­ery­one out on the wa­ter. Warm weather, calm wa­ters and no wind.

Don’t bother check­ing weather apps in the Pil­bara — just go to the boat ramps.

Sports mad

Dur­ing the West­ern Derby last week­end, we took a walk around the streets of Nickol and can hap­pily re­port there was not one mo­ment when we could not hear the game blar­ing out from the back­yard TV of some­one’s house.

There seemed to be more cheer­ing than mis­ery, sug­gest­ing per­haps most Kar­ratha lo­cals are Ea­gles sup­port­ers.

Just days ear­lier when Queens­land wrapped up the State of Ori­gin de­cider — again — the same could be said. TVs turned up full blast and plenty of cel­e­brat­ing heard all over town.

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