Dakota built one of my OZ PD Racers with some
help from her dad Larry It took her three lots of
school holidays - about 8 weeks - fitting the work
between all the other things an 11 year old has to
The middle two weeks holiday it was tooooo cold to
do much boatbuilding and they felt a little sad and
depressed about the whole venture.
However along came Spring and another school holiday
and they finished the boat.
Larry seems like one of those great Dads who can
stand back a bit and let someone else find their own
way to build a boat - but also to keep the quality
The people at the PDRacer Association think that
her boat is much nicer than the ones I have built!!!!
It certainly does look smart with the green hull
and the white deck.
They took the boat sailing for the first time last
This is what Larry wrote:
gave us an opportunity to put it in the water for
the first time. A very light southerly (5kts) at
Goolwa and away we went. Although I have no Dinghy
sailing experience to compare with all seemed good
and the boat went well.
dropped off and we were idle for a while. Then a
westerly came in around 8kts and we had a couple
of good runs and then spent some time trying to
get back to shore with a head wind.
a lot in that short time and had fun. We packed
up just as a light sea breeze started, thought about
going out again but decided we had achieved what
we set out to do and headed home ready for our next