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BUSH FIRE VOLUNTEERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted in fire, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2017

 

The 114th WA Volunteer Fire Rescue Services Easter Championships are being held this weekend at the Gilbert Fraser reserve in North Fremantle. Go and have a look at it from 9am this easter Sunday morning. It’s fun to watch!

Bush firies from as far away as Port Hedland, Esperance and even Victoria are taking part and they deserve recognition and support for their tireless work to protect their communities.

The event has been held at the North Freo oval for over 40 years but I was not aware of it until I read a tiny one line somewhere on Thursday.

It needs to get a lot better promotion so that the local community comes out in droves to watch it. It’s rather pathetic that just under 100 spectators attend the events and they were family and a few supporters.

Roel Loopers

YEAH! SUNDAY FREO IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Posted in art, fremantle, music by freoview on February 15, 2015

I don’t like big crowds and queueing, so the giant marionettes driving around Perth are not my cup of tea. I’ll see them later today when they float down the Swan River on their way to Fremantle port from where they will return to France.

In Fremantle today the morning offers the Open Water Australian Swimming Championships at Bathers Beach, the relaxing Growers Green Markets from 8 am till noon, and at Kidogo Arthouse the Fringe Festival has the Australian Tales guitar and cello concert at 1 pm.

Of course the always lovely courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre has the free concert from 2 pm with the Kill Devil Hills and Archer.

There is never a boring weekend in Freo, so be part of the fun!

Roel LOopers

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NATIONAL SWIMMERS TESTING THE WATERS AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in championship, fremantle by freoview on February 13, 2015

The Australian Open Water Championships 2015 are in full swing at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach with the 13-18 year-old competitors testing the water of the Indian Ocean this morning.

Races are on all weekend from 8.30 till mid afternoon so go and enjoy the spectacle.

13 year-old Briana Thompson from Brisbane, who is one of the competitors, will today fire the cannon at the Roundhouse at 1 pm.

Roel Loopers

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LOVELY SAILING SPECTACLE OFF FREMANTLE

Posted in championships, fremantle, sailing by freoview on January 9, 2015

I had another look at the National sailing championships in the Laser Optimist class off Fremantle this morning, as it is such a lovely sight to see all these kids in tiny boats sailing so well on the mighty Indian Ocean.

The minute spectator crowd is embarrassing, so hopefully the front page of the Fremantle Herald today and this blog post will entice a few more people to go and sit on the South Mole or at Bathers Beach. The races start at 10 am.

Roel Loopers

FREO INTERNATIONAL KITERACING

Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 9, 2013

KITERACING OCEANIC CHAMPIONSHIPS. 10 to 15 December 2013. Leighton Beach, Fremantle.

Ten top ten internationally-ranked male and female kiteracers and a strong field of West Australians will hit the water for course racing, freestyle kiting and air jumps.

On Saturday 14 December the Lighthouse to Leighton, now in its fourth year, will take place as part of the Championships. Competitors will race from Phillip Point at Rottnest Island back to Leighton Beach, chasing the record time of 24 minutes and 34 seconds set in the inaugural event by Frenchman Alex Caizergues.

Five top ten ranked male kite course racers including world number 1 male course racer Florian Gruber (Germany), and five top ten ranked female kite course racers including world number 1 female course racer Steph Bridge (UK). Plus, world speed record holder Alex Caizergues (France) is returning to the Lighthouse to Leighton to defend his record.

From Friday crowds are expected in the Race Village with markets, Oceanics Bar, roving entertainment and more.

For more information visit http://kiteoceanics.com or the event Facebook and Twitter pages.

FREO SAILS SET FOR ISAF 2011

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 30, 2011

All sails are set for the ISAF 2011 Sailing World Championships off Fremantle’s Bathers Beach later this year, with the city hosting a 16 day festival on the Esplanade. It will have over 200 free events and will also hold a major concert on December 3. Market stalls, a main stage and a kid’s zone will join the big Ferris Wheel, which will be put up in late October.

The huge spectacle will coincide with this year’s Fremantle Festival, so there is a lot of fun ahead for the port city.

The arrival of the replica of the Fremantle built Endeavour on October 12 will start the celebrations for this world event, which are the qualifying races for the 2012 London Olympics.

Roel Loopers

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ISAF 2011 FIGURES. A VERY LONGLEY BOW

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 2, 2011

I am not surprised at all Fremantle has not taken to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing Championships.

Perth 2011 CEO John Longley’s statement that it is tradition to name the event after the capital city is ludicrous. Would they still have called it Perth 2011 if the races were held off Mandurah, Albany or Geraldton? Perth is 25 km away and this is the City of Fremantle, not a suburb of Perth! Should the Margaret River Surf Classic be renamed because competitors and visitors land in Perth? What a load of bull. It should have been called Fremantle 2011 ISAF because that is where the races are being held. I suspect the only reason it is a Perth event is because of sponsorship money.

The huge numbers of visitors, 500,000! John Longely claims will be coming might be a result of his stature. He is a tall man who seems to like tall figures. Many visitors to Fremantle I talked to in the last few months have been complaining how expensive Australia has become because of the strong Australian dollar, and Fremantle is known for expensive and hard to get accommodation, so many overseas visitors will not be able to afford to come here. How would we accommodate half a million visitors anyway and where would they view the races from?  Are we having a tent city on the Esplanade and huge viewing stands on Bathers Beach and the South Mole, and where would they all park their cars?

Apart from claims on numbers of visitors and money they will spend, what actually will ISAF do for Fremantle? What benefits are there for the population but a party for two weeks? The city seems intend on spending money on it, but will it be money well spend for years to come, or is it a short term investment based on Longley’s hopes and dreams only?

Longley says Fremantle businesses have not embraced the event. I am happy to get involved, John, call me!

Roel Loopers

FREO WEEKEND FUN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 5, 2011

No reason to feel bored or sit at home alone (or with the whole family) this weekend, as there is plenty to do all around.

In Fremantle today there is the free music on the balcony at Kulcha from 2-4, and from there it is just a short stroll to King Square to join the Carnevale Children’s Party, which starts at 5pm. You’ve got an hour, so downstairs from Kulcha try out the Red Spoons frozen yogurt. It’s yum!

Tomorrow there is free bluegrass courtyard music at the Fremantle Art Centre from 2-4, and after that,walk over to join the Fremantle JAZ Club concert in High Street, corner Henry Street. Still on your feet? Clancys great tradition, the Zydecats will play from 7.30. It’s a long weekend after all, so why go home early.

The very adventurous could go North of the river to the Skateboard Championships in Leederville or the Hyde Park Community Festival. You will be flogged if you do though.

AND…………………. Watch your speed and road manners. Double demerit points!!!

Roel Loopers

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ALL PLAIN SAILING AT THE PORT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 16, 2010

It’s all plain sailing around Fremantle port, with contestants for the 2010 Perth ISAF World Sailing Championships already testing the waters, and the Fremantle Doctor, just off Bathers Beach, in their tiny Laser class boats.

Meanwhile the refurbishment at the B-Shed, to make it into a new ferry terminal, is progressing well, and the sails are on the building to protect future cappuccino and latte drinkers at the cafe there from the harsh sunlight.

High above that all are the painters on the roof of the Maritime Museum, so another new coat of paint for a West End building.

Roel Loopers

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