Get in­volved in yacht chal­lenge

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Or­gan­is­ers be­hind a com­mu­nity yacht-rac­ing con­test have upped the ante in chal­leng­ing busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions, clubs and groups to put for­ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the event.

Hor­sham Yacht Club and ACE Ra­dio have had a hand­ful of re­spon­dents take up the chal­lenge, but need more to be will­ing to test them­selves.

The ACE Chal­lenge, based on com­peti­tors learn­ing how to quickly adapt their nat­u­ral skills to some­thing dif­fer­ent and unique, in­volves a sail­ing time-trial across four week­ends of com­pe­ti­tion in Novem­ber.

Yacht club com­modore Rick Walker en­cour­aged peo­ple to get in­volved ‘for a bit of fun’.

“We’re chal­leng­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions but it is of course also open to in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

The event will be at Green Lake, south-east of Hor­sham, and in­volve in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tors tak­ing turns in at­tempts to post the best times across a des­ig­nated lake course. Com­peti­tors only have to com­pete once to set a time.

Apart from each other, com­peti­tors will also try to match the ‘ACE’, an anony­mous and ex­pe­ri­enced sailor.

Rac­ing will in­volve sin­gle cata­ma­rans, among the eas­i­est ves­sels to sail and hardest to turn over. Each com­peti­tor, fit­ted with all safety equip­ment, will have an hour to learn the ropes be­fore their race.

A tro­phy sup­plied by ACE Ra­dio and brag­ging rights are the prizes up for grabs.

The com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to re­mind Hor­sham dis­trict peo­ple about the so­cial and recre­ational value of Green Lake and rein­vig­o­rate in­ter­est in sail­ing and Hor­sham Yacht Club.

Each race week­end would be on a Sun­day from 1pm and rac­ing in­volves one boat and one per­son at a time. Each event would fin­ish with a bar­be­cue.

Peo­ple keen to know more, get in­volved or reg­is­ter an in­ter­est can call Mr Walker on 0428 824 113.

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