Report by Tash Woodward
When the ‘Bug of Choice’ set sail into the wind and found its new home at the Lake Cootharaba Sail Club in late 2019, the residents of Living Choice Twin Waters felt something was missing from their Leisure Centre. It was a bitter-sweet moment having to farewell ‘Bug of Choice’, but for boat builders, Ray Nelson and Bruce Shoemark, they knew it was going to a good place. The boat is currently being used to help children learn to sail and this was the perfect solution for their beloved project.
Fast-forward to August 2020 and a new half-size model of ‘Bug of Choice’ stands proudly in the Leisure Centre on a wooden frame for everyone to admire. Standing tall, the replica has found its forever home and sends a great message to people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Living Choice supported the project and presented a plaque to the boat builders in recognition of all the hard work they put into building the boat, both life-size and replica.
As Bruce said, “without the help of others, this would not have been possible. Whether it was taking photos, supplying the mast or sweeping the floor, it was a team effort.” A big thank-you also goes out to Ian Lawson, Jack Green, Terry Penn and Errol Rutherford for their hard work.
Now the question on all our minds, what is next in the pipeline?