Hi Folks (at least those near enough to the SE corner.....),

The Sauna Sail – that iconic mid-winter regatta that has been going for over half a century took a hit when the Groverllment turned off the Power that was warming the lake (Hazelwood) for the dinghy racers - but I had fond hopes that the rise of Dinghy Cruising could see the Queens Birthday long weekends become a Softies meet for us ......

Consider- we don't ordinarily dunk ourselves so water temp is less an issue. (though I hear its not that bad ….)

The Club (the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club) is an excellent host - laid back but organized, well established - and has eats, including bacon and egg sangers for brekkie available.

There is an extensive camping area with beach and campfires for any sized group are possible!

I had in mind a "Softies Meet for Hardcore Beach Cruiser (Wannabees)" - or something like .....

Notice here: http://www.lvyc.org.au/

But now they are talking about pulling the plug on the lake and returning it to farmland ....... so this may be the last gasp!

Well, anyway I will be taking my 'Big dinghy with a lid and comfy chair and tea-making facilities' - and also a fire brazier and some firewood and some comfort beverage and see if something can't be salvaged from the situation.

I will have a spare chair and "glass" for a drop-in ....... But, hey! If there are other souls of a like inclination who would like to join me and build something for the future let's meet up. Bring yourself (and boat if you have one – otherwise camp) – oh and a bit of firewood if poss – the more the merrier!

I am sure we could spontaneously organise some fun activities - not "Racing" but some non-serious rivalry, demonstrations and rubbernecking others boats and gizmos and general conviviality is hoped for.

Cheers!

Frank

ps - a piccy for those who may recognise it

why does it go sideways???