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    Rick Walker at Green Lake promoting a unique sporting challenge called the ACE Challenge, which involves organisations entering competitors in a sailing time trial.
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    Bruce Ashton at Horsham Yacht Club OK Dinghy titles at Green Lake in 2017.

Get involved in yacht challenge

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’.

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“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.

The entire October 9, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!