Darren Archibald in his blokart at Bucasia. Picture: Melanie Whiting
Darren Archibald in his blokart at Bucasia. Picture: Melanie Whiting

Why this niche Mackay club is seeking young members

A SOCIAL sporting group in Mackay and the Whitsundays is in desperate need of more young members to give it a try.

The colourful sport of blokarting is suited to all ages, with competition racing available for the more experienced riders held on local, state, national and international levels.

Similar to sailing on the water, participants sit in a kart attached to a tall sail.

The kart is powered by wind and operated using a steering wheel.

The Central Queensland Blokart Club, one of a few in Australia that has its own dedicated oval and racetrack, held a come and try day at Bucasia Beach yesterday.

Blokarting at Bucasia: The Central Queensland Blokart Club held a come and try day on Bucasia Beach
Blokarting at Bucasia: The Central Queensland Blokart Club held a come and try day on Bucasia Beach

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Club secretary Peter Downie said more than 100 people took part, making it the most successful come and try event it has ever had.

“The day was part of Mackay Regional Council’s Spring Fit campaign and was an opportunity to promote the club,” Mr Downie said.

Despite the success of yesterday’s event, the club is in need of more women and youngsters to join in.

Anyone from about the age of 10 is able to sail a blokart.

Darren Archibald joined a Whitsunday blokarting group about six months ago and hasn’t looked back.

Darren Archibald has been a member for about six months. Picture: Melanie Whiting
Darren Archibald has been a member for about six months. Picture: Melanie Whiting

“I joined for the buzz of it,” Mr Archibald said.

“Once you’ve done this, it’s very hard not to do it again.

“It’s the most fun you can have without a motor.”

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The CQ Blokart Club hosts a local regatta every year and monthly social racing.

For more information, email: cqblokart@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page.