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Snapshot - Fishing Boats' Race

Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 4:11:54 PM

Where the land meets the sea is barely discernible in this image taken on a wet and wild day in Geraldton during the Fishing Boats’ Race on Sunday 15 June 1941. It’s almost as though the yachts; Queen and Intombi are sailing along the railway line. The photographer has managed to capture their exciting dual for third place. The combination of rain, squall and big swell had many yachts withdrawing from the race leaving a total of seven boats vying for victory.

The Geraldton Guardian reported Isobel as the winner with Wanderer taking out second place. Intombi did manage to get the better of Queen but did not make it safely to the moorings without incident being overturned by an angry wave. The treacherous conditions left many of the participating boats worse for wear with Saga struggling to shore after a broken mast and Iduna suffering from a badly torn mizzen sail and mainsail. This is just one of many exhilarating races which have taken place during the Geraldton Yacht Club’s rich 106 year history.

Image courtesy of the Buchan family, caption by Lorin Cox.

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Image number: P 687

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