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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.

Setting sail at Green Lake

A first group of contenders in Horsham Yacht Club’s inaugural ACE Challenge will try their hand in competition at a later date after wind gusts exceeded safety limits.

The challenge series involves competitors racing single catamarans in a time trial across Green Lake, in an effort to win a trophy and $300 cash prize.

Commodore Rick Walker said there was too much wind on Green Lake at the weekend for inexperienced sailors.

But the gusts struggled to dampen the enthusiasm of one ACE Challenge contender, who said she had a ‘blast’ on the water, her boat skippered by an experienced sailor.

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“Two things are essential for water sports – water and sports. Sailing brings a third aspect to the equation – wind,” Mr Walker said.

“We experienced all three of these but there was too much wind.

“It was considered suitable for experienced sailors who can manage gusts of 40kph, but far too much for our ACE challengers.”

Mr Walker said the three people enrolled for the first weekend would sail on one of the other three challenge dates, with the next set for this Sunday at 1pm.

He encouraged people to challenge themselves to learn a new skill and have ‘real fun’, and sign up for the ACE Challenge by calling him on 0428 824 113 or emailing

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