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One of the site moderators recalls an important influence in NSW Sailfish. You might also like to have a look at Peter’s story about his time in the early days of Sailfish in NSW in the following Comments . . . .
A fairly major rearrangement of the Gallery, dividing it into sub-galleries by the state the photo was taken in and newspaper articles, plus the addition of a new sub-gallery for Newsletters covering the period between 1979 and 1985. Are there any more newsletters out there we can add?
A Dominant Display
From our correspondent in Western Victoria comes the following, but be warned, the name at the end might surprise a few . . . .
Comment: Victorian and national championships were an annual occurrence. The Nationals were contested over seven heats plus one practice race. The States were contested over five heats. That’s 13 races a year associated with the championships. Over a five year period that equates to 65 races. In the period of 1977 to 1982, one race stands out from the rest because it was dominated by one skipper. The second place getter was a good 30 minutes astern. That’s a championship race, not a club race.
The venue was Cairn Curran. It was a Victorian Championship. The wind was absolutely howling. Well above the recommended limit for the class. There is something to remember about the recommended limit. It was just a recommendation. This was a championship. A championship is meant to be a test of boat and skipper. The race officials let the race go on.
Out we all went. Sailing in survival mode. Well, most of us were in survival mode. Craig Ginnivan was in race mode. He conquered the conditions and not only led the race from start to finish but won by a good half an hour.
It was a dominant performance. There was a high retirement rate, but credit to the race officials for allowing the fleet to be tested in this way. Picture how far a Sailfish will travel in half an hour in a stiff breeze. In 65 championship races over those years, nobody dominated a race like this.
A big update of the Register with quite a few boats added, check it out, maybe your old boat is there, plus many original owners names put in as well. Still looking for boats and their current owners though, so get in touch!
Updated and made some minor corrections to the Register, added some photos (thanks Ian!), and included a list of National Title results up until 1982/83 under History.
See you at Inverloch!
Now seven Sailfish coming, still hoping for more!
And check out the attached Comment about the 2018 Paynesville Classic Boat Rally . . .
Notice of Race.
At the 3rd Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta in January 2016, Andrew Chapman, an organiser of the regatta, relaunched “Debonair”, Jack Carroll’s first Australian Sailfish (Sailfish No.2, built 1957). She had been restored by Andrew and with it he won the “Best Presented Sailing Dinghy ” award. “Debonair” will be back again in 2017.
Andrew is the Coordinator for the 4th Inverloch Classic Dinghy Regatta to be held 26, 27 and 28 January 2017. The exciting news is that Jack Carroll will be attending to reacquaint himself with his historic boat. We will also have local boat 1870, “‘Off”, owned by Jeff Cole, Steven Floyd with 3400, “Gargle Blaster”, Greg Barwick with 2028, “Bruce!” (named after co-designer Bruce Scott), Ian Milton with “Apsu” and Chris Cleary with 1918, “Janus”. Plus, Peter Chapman, the first NSW National Champion will be sailing Gooney Bird, the last NSW Registered Sailfish, so far! To all the other old Sailfish skippers out there, drag out your boats, dust ’em down, check the rigging, wash down the sail and come along to what will be a wonderful occasion.
– late registration from 10 am
– social sail 2 pm
– beach display 10 am
– Regatta race 2 pm
– Regatta Dinner in the evening
– Park display and judging
Details including entry form are available at http://www.sgycinverloch.com.au.
Hope to see you there!
New photos added, more information on the Register
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