The success of the regatta would not have been possible without the following contributors:
- Peel Development Commission Community Chest Grant, for providing much of the funding for the inaugural event.
- Port Bouvard Yacht Club, who provided a good number of the participants, a support boat and lunch for all of the crew on Saturday.
- Mandurah Quays, for allowing us to berth at their marina on Saturday night.
- The dedicated MOFSC volunteers: Geoff Slater, Les Woods, Robbie Dixon, Selby Munsie, Annette Walker, Mike Lathouras, Phil Lucks, Des Maclean, Peter Wigley, Ken Edwards, Ross & Laura Davidson and Kevin Luff.
- The ever helpful MOFSC staff: Jade, Tanja, Chris, Sandra, Tim and others.
- Avalon Sails and Silver Sands Sails for the night’s prizes.
- Chris Mansfield and his able assistants who went beyond the call to get Mistral carpeted prior to the event.
- Mandurah VMR for watching over us on the Sunday ocean leg.
Sailors from all over the Peel Region showed their skills and tenacity as fifteen sailboats from Mandurah and Dawesville battled against icy winds on the weekend to see who would win a prize in the 2016 Prince of the Peel.
Saturday’s races took in both the Peel and Harvey estuaries, with many yachts enjoying the challenge of the shallow channels and magnificent downwind runs.
On Sunday, the larger boats, including two trimarans, took on the ocean swells and strong winds in the ‘Round the Island Race’, sprinting from Boundary Island, down through the Dawesville Cut and around to Comet Bay in Mandurah.
The 2016 Prince of the Peel is the first time such a regatta has been held since the 1980’s and was made possible with a community grant from the Peel Development Commission.
Port Bouvard Yacht Club skippers John Hunt, Mike Storey and Oliver Cox all tied for First Prize in the Flying Fifteen Division – after completing two arduous races on Saturday, there were no takers for a third race tie-breaker.
First Prize for the Division 1 Trailer/Day Sailer fleet was shared between Bob Locke and Kim Noske, both from the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club.
Warren Keating, in his Fry 20 yacht from Port Bouvard, took out the Division 2 Trailer/Day Sailer prize.
The folding trimaran Triffic, with its committee of skippers, took line honours for all three races held over both days, including the Round the Island Race.
Prizes and special awards were presented on Sunday night at the MOFSC clubhouse, with race organiser Neil Dixon commending the participants and thanking the sponsors and the many volunteers who helped with the event.
“Importantly, the support and enthusiastic feedback we received means that we will be back out on the water next year for an even bigger and better event”, Mr Dixon said.
“The Prince of the Peel is back.”