Karratha boy revels in first sailing race win

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Oskar Knowler, 12, with his sailing boat.
Camera IconOskar Knowler, 12, with his sailing boat. Credit: Sarah Knowler

Sailing is not the most common sport in the Pilbara but a Karratha boy passionate about the sport isn’t letting that stop him.

Oskar Knowler, 12, has just won his first race and is now setting his sights on moving up to the next level.

Oskar took out a junior category of the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Open Bic Race, in Perth during the school holidays, in what was his first official race.

He now has his sights set on completing an assistant instructor course in Sydney and hopes to help coach other young up-and-coming sailors in the Pilbara.

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Oskar said he was surprised but proud to win his first race.

“I was excited and really happy,” he said. “It was my first race and I couldn’t believe it.

“(It) made me feel like I had achieved something in sailing.”

Oskar said his next goals were to complete the assistant instructor course and try out for the State Open Bic competition later in the year.

Oskar’s mother Sarah Knowler said her son had started sailing for fun and had only recently become interested in trying his hand at racing.

“It wasn’t something he originally wanted to do, racing. He more liked coaching and the fun of just being on the boat,” she said.

“But as he’s got a little bit older and more comfortable with sailing, he’s become more confident.”

She said she was impressed with her son’s drive in the sport.

Oskar started sailing at the age of eight and trains at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, in Peppermint Grove during school holidays, with his family driving there and back to transport his boat.

Ms Knowler said Oskar was keen to find other young people in the Pilbara interested in the sport, especially as the region’s climate and geography made parts of the area ideal for sailing.

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