WA Speed Boat club held its inaugural cup in Dumbleyung lake

Saskia AdystiGreat Southern Herald

Dumbleyung Lake turned into a racecourse recently as the Western Australia Speed Boat club held its inaugural Dumbleyung Cup in town.

Dumbleyung 1
Camera IconDumbleyung 1 Credit: Christine Bairstow

With heavy rains that came earlier this year, the lake was finally filled again for the first time in 30 years, which gave the opportunity for WA Speed Boat Club to stage an outstanding speedboat race.

Camera IconCredit: Christine Bairstow

Hundreds of spectators came over to watch the show, as the speed boat club brought more than 18 of their powerboat drivers and crews for the inaugural cup.

WA Speed Boat Club hosted the event.
Camera IconWA Speed Boat Club hosted the event. Credit: Christine Bairstow

The age of racers ranged from 10 years old to some over 60 years old.

It was the first time the lake was full in 30 years.
Camera IconIt was the first time the lake was full in 30 years. Credit: Louisa Dare

They raced in 15hp junior boats, 15hp senior boats, 25hp race boats, Formula 1, 2 & 3 tunnel race boats and then there are the thunderous V8 spectacular inboards.

Camera IconCredit: Louisa Dare

The vice-commodore of the speed boat club, Ben Smith, said the event would not be as successful as it was without the help of the Dumbleyung Shire and community.

Camera IconCredit: Louisa Dare

“The event went really well, when we head to a new location there are some teething problems and everyone pitched in quickly and we got racing under way,” he said.

Camera IconCredit: Christine Bairstow

The winner of the Dumbleyung Junior Cup was 11 years old Xavier Clark, the winner of the 15hp Senior Cup was Daniel Knudsen, and Ben Smith won the Dumbleyung 25hp Cup.

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