In addition to the builders, another group of volunteers are involved in organising fundraising and events. Presenting at the Augusta Whale Festival, Cape to Cape marathon registrations, wood raffles, quiz nights, and rowing Santa down the river, the list goes on. The Augusta Rowers also host the Regatta, where other state clubs bring their skiffs to race the Blackwood.
The next project on the table is the Acorn. She’s a smaller vessel at 17 feet long, and much lighter which allows a team of one or two rowers, along with the cox to steer the skiff. And beyond the Acorn, the Augusta Rowers intend to build a ‘pram’ at eight feet. This will also be raffled off to raise funds.
“Otherwise where are we going to store them all,” laughs Bill.
Bill points to the tremendous support from the community of Augusta, and the rising population of skiffs in other regional towns.
“Both Denmark and Nannup have modelled their association on ours, using our build photos during construction, the trailer designs, spar oars.”
And in recognition of the time and effort that goes in to building a skiff, the launch is often a time of celebration, and the Augusta Rowers have travelled regionally to lend a hand of support when other clubs launch. Bill speaks about attending the recent Blackwood Catchment meeting about health and management, both here in the Hardy Inlet and further upstream.