Funcats challenge all about the children

Fleur Kane and Greg Chapman from Acton Coogee with young sailors Nick Hayhurst, Evan Cherry and Liam Cherry. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Fleur Kane and Greg Chapman from Acton Coogee with young sailors Nick Hayhurst, Evan Cherry and Liam Cherry. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CHILDREN and families more used to spending time at Perth Children’s Hospital enjoyed a recent afternoon of fun and twilight sailing at South Perth foreshore.

The annual event put on by Perth real estate company Acton revolves around the children being involved in a series of not-too-serious races on the foreshore’s Funcats.

Light winds made for engaging battles on the Swan as Acton skippers and their crews of kids navigated the short course.

More local real estate news from around Perth

Back on dry land there was plenty of free fun including a bouncy castle, giant jenga, face painting, crafts and best of all – free ice creams and popcorn.

Acton chief executive Travis Coleman said it was an event all about the children.

Sisters Sandie and Eva McAuliffe. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

He made special mention to siblings of children battling illnesses, who often miss out on opportunities due to more pressing family needs.

“This is by far the team’s most treasured community event on the Acton calendar,” he said.

“It’s a truly special evening where we get to spend time with the wonderful Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation ambassador families and give them an out of the ordinary experience.”

While the results played second fiddle to the enjoyment, the event threw up a result never seen in the eight-year history when the two leading boats in the final finished in a dead heat.

The classic finish led to a head-to-head re-run between Acton Cottesloe’s Andrew Gill and Acton Victoria Park owner Shane Vasile and their respective crews, with Mr Vasile triumphing in the end.

MORE PICTURES BELOW

 

 

MORE NEWS

Perth hospitals to remove potentially flammable cladding

The man who plans to climb Jacobs Ladder for 24 hours

Opportunity to try outdoor adventure camp for free