Inverloch Windsurfing Club: open to retro styles

Six windsurfers have sailed nearly 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) from Angling Club to the mouth of the Tarwin River, in Australia.


On the 4th November, 2013, seven adventurers from the Inverloch Windsurfing Club (IWC) decided to set sail from the Angling Club to the mouth of the Tarwin River, near Tarwin Lower.

"A nice cruise ensued, with long runs, interspersed with long walks over sand and mud. To keep together, we used a "clover leaf" model, where the faster boards would gybe out once they got in front and then rejoin behind the main group. It meant that we could sail along and chat and keep an eye on all sailors", says Michael Gree, member of the IWC.

"After about two and a half hours of sailing, we made the Tarwin River mouth, and this was where the wind decided to play funny buggers. It swirled around with almost 90º variations and it was decided to forfeit the steaming hot counter meal at the Pub, so we could sail back to the Angling Club"

The windsurfers completed the challenge in four hours and a few minutes.

"My favorite part of the day was seeing the looks of surprise on the fishermen on the banks of the river, when we got to the end destination and how those surprised looks turned to ones of laughter as they watched us relaunch, crash into each other, fall off into waist deep mud and run into the reeds".

The trip was registered with a GPS device, so that you can check their options and decisions. Who said windsurfing isn't fun?