11 July, 2022
Weird, wacky and wooden boats to sail Lake Tinaroo
BOATS of all shapes and sizes will be tested on the waters of Lake Tinaroo as the Wooden Boat Association of Cairns host the Great Tinaroo Raid this weekend.
If you are interested in boats and the wonderful ways to propel them, then the Great Tinaroo Raid is the place to see it all.
All the boats are wooden and are mostly built by members.
The wooden boats and propulsion systems range from sailing and rowing boats, steam launches, pedal powered paddle and jet boats, canoes, kayaks, putt-putts and even an original 1948 Chris Craft recently brought over from America.
One boat even has a propulsion system reminiscent of two fish tails
The raid will start after lunch on Friday at the Tinaroo Sailing Club with the launching of any new boats and relaxed cruising on the lake.
The action heats up on Saturday starting with the peculiar propulsion race at 9.30am featuring the more weird and bizarre methods that members thought of to propel a boat.
Following that is the paddling and rowing race at 11.30am with a rest over lunch before the seagull race gets underway at 2.30pm.
The race only uses ancient Seagull outboards like some fathers and grandfathers would have used, a wide variety of boats compete for the winner’s trophy.
After the best boat voting, the day concludes followed by an informal relaxed Sunday morning sail, cruise, steam, paddle, row or other.
Entry to the public is free and boats will be on the water from Friday afternoon up until lunchtime Saturday.