Capricorn Coast sailors breeze into Blokart Championships
WHEN it comes to sailing, Daryl Skinner loves it all, on the water or on dry land which was very clear at the recent 2017 Australian Open Blokart Championships where he took home second place overall in the heavyweight production division.
The Capricorn Coast had four representatives at this year's championship competition with two members of Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Daryl Skinner and Paul Florian and two past members, Colin Skinner and Ian Musker demonstrating their well honed skills with some impressive results.
Mr Skinner said the championships were to be held on a dry lake near Kingston SE in South Australia, however due to unseasonal rain, the lake still had water on it and the titles were held on the local beach.
"The weather was fine and cool at about 20 degrees and winds were from 10 to 20 knots with lots of tacking up and down the sometimes narrow beach,” Daryl said.
"Blokarting is a lot like sailing really, all of the same rules apply and it is a great sport to be involved in.”
The competition boasted almost 70 entrants coming from all over Australia to compete with 15 races in each class division held on January 24-28.
Ian Musker won the Lightweight performance division, Colin Skinner won the Medium weight production division, Daryl Skinner came second in the Heavyweight production division and Paul Florian came 18th in the Heavyweight production division.
A Blokart is a compact land 'yacht' that is relatively small in size and very manoeuvrable.
They are quickly disassembled and packed into a carry bag giving them a high amount of portability.
They are perfect for our Capricorn Coast beaches and suitable for all ages.
We meet every second Saturday at Mullambin Beach at 2pm.
There is an open day coming up at Fishermans Beach in conjunction with the Festival of the wind at Emu Park.
Everyone is welcome to come and try Land Sailing.