Setting sail on the dam

THE Brisbane 18 Footers club plans to hold a round of their series at Leslie Dam in the wake of the re-introduction of competitive sailing after a decade.

The low water level of the Dam effectively ended sailing there 10 years ago but a wet 2010 has meant there is now more than enough water for any boat on Warwick's water sport paradise.

The Frostbite Regatta at the weekend was organised by the Sandgate Yacht Club and the race on Saturday was contested by four boats.

There was not enough wind for a race on Sunday, just a social sail.

Brisbane club member Flyn Donnelly said his club organised eight to 10 rounds of their series each year.

“We want to have one round of the series this summer at Leslie Dam and would bring about seven boats,” Donnelly said.

That could mean almost half a million dollars worth of boats on the Dam.

Donnelly said a new 18-footer cost $140,000.

“We lease one from Sydney for $5000 a year,” Donnelly said.

That money at $5000 a year proved a good investment at the weekend for the crew of Sailtech which won the two-lap race across the Dam on Saturday.



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