Ord River Dam to Dam Dinghy Dash and River Rally

Video: Ord River 55km Adrenalin Rush  – Bird’s Eye View of the Dam to Dam Dinghy Dash

This Saturday jump in your boat, whether large or small, and bring with you a still camera and your sense of humour. Get onto Lake Kununurra to participate in the activities organised by the Kununurra Ski Club. Club President Mark Coventry and his committee have been working tirelessly for the last 3 months organising the 2014 Dam to Dam which has been running for over 30 years.  Mark sees the Dam to Dam as an event that gives all locals an opportunity to be immersed in the beauty of the Ord River

The Ord River is amazing, there are very few events which include this majestic river in its program.

A fun and affordable day out for all.  You can do any one of 3 organised events. Get your dinghy into gear and grease up your outboard to join in the Dinghy Dash at 11am.   Families with recreational boats have a great opportunity to participate with friends in the River Rally which kick starts at 10am. For those more laid back or boat-less there is the ever popular champagne cruise with Triple J beginning at 7.30am.  The best value for money cruise you’ll be able to get your hands on.  Purchase your tickets now as it sells out fast, call Amanda on 0422517167.  Tickets $80.  Relax with a champagne breakfast supplied by cafe Sandalwood whilst cruising the river then back to the ski beach at 11am to listen to local musician Toddy Watson.

The river rally, sponsored by Coates Hire, is fun for both children and adults with activities on and of the boat at a variety of locations on Lake Kununurra.  Test your local knowledge as you cruise down the river figuring out quizzes, riddles and finding secret locations. Oh and don’t forget to bring phone, pen, clipboard, colouring pencils, fishing equipment and your imagination.  It’s only $20 per boat and $10 for Ski Club Members.

Regular competitors will miss this years race due to racing down the slopes in Germany.

John and Ann Storey in the lead of the 2010 Dam to Dam.  They will miss this years race as they are racing down the slopes in Germany.

 The Dam to Dam Dinghy dash, sponsored by Metaland, is a fun 55km adrenalin rush down the Ord river from Lake Argyle to the Ski Beach.  Entry fee is $50. Competitors will need to be at the lake Argyle Dam at 11.00am, with a race pre-brief at 11.30am, racing starts at noon sharp.  

The Dinghy race is always a good laugh and although taken seriously by the competitors, it really is an event for novice racers as well as pros.  With a handicap system in place anyone has the chance to win says Club President Mark Coventry

The club is aiming to achieve an honest, transparent event, which caters for all boat owners. The traditional race encourages any skipper to grab their old boat and have a go. With a handicap to give any boat a chance of winning.

In 2014 the club  is inviting a larger range of boats to enter.  They have introduced a modified class, which gives competitors who seek a little more from their boats a chance to race together increasing competitor numbers and drawing the field closer in the handicapped race. Unlike previous events this year the ski club is allowing dinghy’s with 30HP outboards to be used in the modified class.Scrutineering will happen the day before at 4.30pm at the Kununurra Ski Club.

If you are not the competitive type then come along as a spectator and enjoy a fun and affordable day out at the ski beach relaxing. From midday they’ll be many children activities organised by Save The Children, with Slip & Slide, juggling & games. They’ll be a variety of food stalls and bar opens at noon.  Also local Muso Toddy Watson will be playing once gates open at 11am.  Entry fee is $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

Spectators can cheer in the dinghy competitors who will be racing to the finish line from 1pm.  The race will also be filmed from a chopper so that competitors can have a momento of their race.  Thanks to sponsors Helispirit and B Visual Media.


The Kununurra ski club would like to thank the generous community for donating all the amazing prizes and the sponsors for making the event happen. .   

The Kununurra Community just keeps on giving, in such a small town with so many events held all year round the support from community businesses and groups is always overwhelming.

There really is something for everyone this Saturday, September the 13th, at the ski beach.  Join in as a competitor in the dinghy race, family fun in the River Rally, relaxing cruise on the Champagne breakfast boat or simply come down to the Ski Beach with family and friends and enjoy the ambience.  All proceeds go back to the Kununurra Ski Club, an active club that invites new members. Contact kununurrawaterskiclub@hotmail.com