2016 GUICHEN BAY CHALLENGE

The 2016 Guichen Bay Challenge was held in Robe on Sunday the 17th of January, in conjunction with the Robe Boat and Fishing Festival. This is a major event for the Robe Yacht Club, as it draws sailors from surrounding regional yacht clubs for a four to six hour race, around Robe's beautiful Guichen Bay.

The open class event is divided into two divisions - Monohulls and Catamarans.  The race began slowly with little wind, and picked up for a divine, yet competitive sail around the bay.

The winner of the Monohull division was awarded to Chris Lynch from Port MacDonnell Yacht Club, in his Noelex 25. The winner of the Catamaran division was awarded to Jeff Southall from Lacapede Bay Yacht Club in his Nacra catamaran.

A major sponsor for this event was Governor Robe Wines. The company is proud to support such a great race, and the Robe Boat and Fishing Festival was the perfect back drop for the day. Thousands of spectators enjoyed the festivities!

The Robe Boat and Fishing Festival. Robe's beautiful Guichen Bay.

The start of the Guichen Bay Challenge.

The start of the Guichen Bay Challenge.

Governor Robe - Proud sponsors

Governor Robe - Proud sponsors

A view of the Robe Obelisk from sea

A view of the Robe Obelisk from sea

Glorious weather conditions

Glorious weather conditions

2016 Governor Robe Yacht Race

Governor Robe Wines were proud to be the major sponsor for the stern chaser yacht race, held in Guichen Bay, Robe on Saturday 16th of January. Sailor's with the slowest boat started first, with all competitors racing for line honours. This made for a very exciting finish!

Sailors came from visiting regional yacht clubs to compete for Governor Robe Wines. This race is held in conjunction with the Guichen Bay Challenge, held on Sunday the 17th of January, and the Robe Boat and Fishing Show. A large number of spectators turned out.

The weather challenged sailors, blowing up to 25 knots, which worked in favour for the winner- Hugh Bainger in his Nacra Catamaran.

Governor Robe Wines

Governor Robe Wines

Winners

Winners


And a new season begins!

The fresh new growth in the Governor Robe vineyards is exciting! Let's hope it is a great season!

Governor Robe wine in Guangzhou China

Governor Robe Booth at Trade Show

Governor Robe Booth at Trade Show

China

Report written by Bill Quinlan-Watson

 

In May 2014, I undertook a trip to Guangzhou in mainland China to attend a trade show with our Chinese partners who are importing wine into China. Guangzhou is a city of approx 8,500,000 people and much of it is new with lots of construction cranes working. The trade show lasted three days and I was told approx. 40,000 people would attend.

 

The wine market has been mainly sales to customers for gifts and celebrations but is changing to more common consumption of wine being led by the more affluent young people. The trade wine buyers are very professional, generally speak English and know a lot about wine. Very few of the general population speak English and signage is all in Chinese and many have not heard of Australia.

 

The city is zoned with many tall towers in the main residential areas. It takes about a year to build a residential tower and a year to fit it out. They are built of concrete and faced so they look like sandstone (which looks great). The interior is fitted out with all built in mod cons, with floors of marble and carpet. On entering a Chinese home you take off your shoes and put on slippers. The gardens surrounding the residential towers are tropical and beautiful, with ponds and swimming pools all manicured constantly. Security is everywhere with cameras on street poles and strict security at the trade show.

 

The drink you will be offered everywhere is tea served in small cups (like after dinner coffee cups) which are constantly topped up. A big variety of food is common; everything from chicken’s feet and fish intestines to chicken and pork, but my skill with chopsticks leaves a lot to be desired.

 

The traffic is busy with driving being on the opposite side of the road to us, lots of toll roads and some streets are up to five lanes wide. There are not many stop lights, with major roads being one way (like a freeway) and some are elevated, so to get off you need to get to a fly over (clover leaf).Traffic police are on station all day and will stop trucks etc from going into residential areas.

 

I didn’t see a lot of blue sky with the city covered in a tropical haze (probably smog). What I saw of China was limited, not having visited the poorer areas. So much is relatively new and modern, which gives the impression that the city is progressive and developing quickly. The opportunities for Australian trade with China could grow substantially - but the rest of the world is there as well.

 

 

 

A residential tower. 

A residential tower. 

One of the ten exhibition buildings!

One of the ten exhibition buildings!

Almost an Island - The Story of Robe

Almost an Island - The Story of Robe

For a small place, tucked away on South Australia's rugged Limestone Coast, the village of Robe has played a remarkable role in history.

In what turned out to be a brief, golden heyday as one of southern Australia's busiest ports, during the 1850s it witnessed fine clipper ships bound for London with loads of wool, the arrival of thousands of Chinese on their way to the Victorian goldfields, and the hijinks of partying pastoralists.

Fifty years later Robe cast off the doldrums to reinvent itself as a seaside health resort, lauded for its natural beauty, and the beneficial qualities of its cooling sea breezes and salt waters. And fifty years after that, the first surfers arrived, establishing one of the world's oldest continuous surfing competitions.

Almost an Island: The story of Robe brings together stories, memories and images gathered by generations of residents and holidaymakers. Here you will find pioneering settlers and aviators, fishermen braving wild seas in small wooden boats, famous painters and poets, chefs and winemakers, and meet some of the families drawn to this breathtaking virtual island to escape their hectic everyday lives.

'The road to Robe leads to the past and back again.' - Robert Ingpen

'I had such productive and idyllic time there, I shall never forget it.' - Jeffrey Smart