We have been jam packed with events since the last Tide Report and boating has been great on the days when the weather plays fair.
From the 8th to the 10th December the Power Boaters moved down to Mandurah to stay at the Quest Apartments. This is the pinnacle event of the year and, with a mooring included in the unit hire, it was sheer luxury to simply tie up at the end of the day outside the apartment. Twenty six members attended to enjoy the weekend. On the Friday night, a cruise started out at 7:45pm to view the lights which seems to take longer than expected because we all came back to berth at about 9pm. Once again, Mandurah put on a spectacular display of coloured lights and displays.
During Saturday the section did a coastal run to Dawesville Channel and had fish and chips at the marina. The weather was very “Cairns” with still moments and then gusty winds and rain. At all times the boaters were in a building or back at the units when the weather came through. After the hearty lunch, a few of the oldies decided to explore a new little marina which houses the Mandurah Quay Resort. A lovely coffee and another rain shower came through before we headed off back the Quest Apartments. Saturday night had Santa visit the crew in the evening and many laughs were had at the presents he thought we deserved.
The Australia Day Skyshow was attended by four boats on 26 January. This year, the number of boaters from Perth was down which left plenty of room on the Heirisson Island side of the event. Many thanks go to the Perth Flying Squadron who let us use their launch facilities and allowed us to avoid the overcrowded ramps around Perth. Two section boats stayed overnight at Claisebrook with only two other outside boats joining us. This is surprisingly quiet for this night so here’s hoping this good fortune continues which allows our members a great mooring for the night.
On the 2nd to the 4th February the Power Boaters joined the Divers at the Alfred Hines Seaside Resort in Rockingham. This was a fantastic spot right on the water’s edge about two kilometres from the town centre in Mangles Bay. The weekend was spent with casual barbeques, diving, squidding and relaxation. The centre itself was a step into a 1960 style dormitory but the views were worth millions. There was ample room for the boats on trailers with a boat ramp not far up the road. The ramp got a little crowded Saturday morning due to the Abalone season but this was soon forgiven when the Dive Section served up some Abalone chowder with bread which even had my finicky son licking his lips. Many thanks to the Dive Section for this unexpected surprise.
Future events include:
- 10-11 March 2018 – Rottnest trip overnight trip to Geordie Bay
- 30 March to 1 April 2018 – Easter at Cockburn Power Boat Association
Don’t forget, if you would like to be included in upcoming events, email firstname.lastname@example.org and get yourself on the email list.Safe boating and hope to see you on the water.
Rear Commodore Power Boat Section.