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St. Kilda Boat Club plays host to the
Wooden Boat Association of South Australia
The world has many places called St. Kilda.
Some are bustling meccas for musos,
trendoids and hipsters. Most are near the
sea and some are very isolated.
Scotland’s St. Kilda is so isolated in the eastern Atlantic Ocean that
it was permanently evacuated during the 1930’s.
South Australia’s St. Kilda is near yet far. It also retains a thriving
community and is a destination worth visiting. Located just north of
Adelaide and accessible by a channel from Barker Inlet, or by road
via the Port Wakefield Road, St. Kilda has a good pub, an adventure
playground, an excellent boardwalk through mangroves and a
Our St. Kilda also has a well-appointed and active boat club that
very kindly plays host to visitors from other organisations.
Through a member active in both organisations, the Wooden Boat
Association of South Australia (WBASA) was invited to visit in
August 2016. WBASA members have a diverse array of craft, from
canoes to ocean-going yachts.
There was a Tasmanian crayboat built with classical techniques out
of celery top pine, a modern stitch and glue plywood displacement
cruiser and a 60 plus year old wooden clinker Clausen putt-putt.
One of the deep-keeled sailing boats from the SKBC joined their
small fleet as they prepared to head out of the channel on a falling
They set off down the channel on a cool but sunny morning to
explore Barker Inlet. The channel passes a fish and chippery and
the fine odours drifting their way had them wondering if they were
heading in the right direction.
At near low tide they didn’t get into some of the areas they had
targeted and, after a couple of hours on the water, as the belly
worms started to bite, they headed back to the club’s galley to cook
up a five-star lunch.
Various members of the SKBC joined them for a chat and before
they knew it, another couple of hours had passed and the wind
had picked up. That was it for the activities on water, but St. Kilda
has an interesting array of boats and on the hard stand, with many
projects worthy of nose and fingers draped over gunnels – picture
Foo Wus ‘Ere.
What’s the problem? How would you solve it? What can be salvaged?
Do you have one of those? Have you seen these new gadgets? Old
boaties can keep this up for hours.
They also talked about what WBASA might do next with the SKBC.
Major events on their calendar which might appeal to members
include a cricket match on a tidal sand island. The tide dictates the
length of the game and it might only last an hour, then its back to
the boats for cruising, eating and drinking.
Another event that involves both boating and eating is the big crab
cook-up. Teams head out to catch crabs and then bring them back
for a shared feast in the clubhouse. The WBASA hopes to add these
events to their boating calendar.
If you haven’t been to St. Kilda, it is time you checked it out. The
channel will take boats through all tides and it is only a short drive
north of Adelaide.
In addition to the ramp at the SKBC, there is an excellent public
boat ramp near by. An overnight stay would also allow exploration
of St Kilda’s other attractions that will appeal to young and old alike.
Lindsay Dent, Events Coordinator, WBASA
This article is based in part on a report in October 2016 edition of
The Crow’s Nest, the newsletter of WBASA.
For further information about WBASA see http://wbasa.org.
au/ and for the SKBC see http://www.communitywebs.org/
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