Regatta goes swimmingly
WALPOLE’S population almost trebled over the Labour Day long weekend when an estimated 600 people travelled to the town to attend the Walpole in the Trees Regatta.
Walpole Yacht Club hosted nearly 150 boats over the weekend competing across nine divisions.
“With that there’s probably 300plus competitors on the water,” event coordinator and ex-club commodore Maree Pickett estimated.
“It’s really quite diverse,” she said.
“Our youngest competitor is probably seven, right up to 80years-old.”
Competitors came from right across WA to join an estimated 20 local sailors, including representatives from Perth, Bunbury, Augusta, Esperance, Geographe Bay, Geraldton and Denmark.
Pickett said the running of the regatta relied heavily on support from the community as well as from yacht clubs around the State.
“A huge chunk of the community gets involved in setting this up,” she said.
“Overall, for the regatta we have over 140 volunteers.
“This year we’ve had safety support boats coming from Mandurah and Albany and all over.”
The 2018 regatta marks six years since the event’s re-emergence in 2013 following a 12-year hiatus.
Pickett said the club had already received feedback and congratulations for hosting a “very professionally-run” event.
The laser fleet heads up-wind during the first day of the Walpole in the Trees Regatta.