NSW Sailfish Assoc. 50th, update

Great news!

The Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club has very kindly made available the clubhouse facilities at Jamieson Park for us to use on the 29th of April. So there will be change rooms, showers, toilets and a kitchen plus we have cover if the weather is not the best.

So, it’s on. April 29 at Jamieson Park, Narrabeen, parking fees are steep so bring cash or card, I am not sure which will be required. Bring your boat, bring your lunch, bring your photos and we will see you there from around 10 onwards for lunch, sailing, catching up.

And a big thank you to Peter Chapman and the committee of NLSC for making the clubhouse facilities available to us.


Stanley Crocodile found!

So today I went to look at a Sailfish in Geelong. It was very rough, beyond my skill set to restore, and just as I was about to walk out the owner said “I’ve got another one over here”. No rig, no centreboard, no rudder, but any of us that were around in the late seventies know this name:img_20170221_133511499

So, the plan is to leave Bruce! as is, and place the complete Ockerfish rig on to Stanley, keeping this great blue colour:img_20170221_133520759_hdr

But how, how do I restore this?


Crossie! Help Crossie! Help!

Back to the ‘Rat

Saturday 18th of March will see at least a couple of Sailfish out on Lake Wendouree again, sailing with the Ballaarat Yacht Club for the first time in many years.

Come along and bring your Sailfish, wooden, fibreglass or even wooden and fibreglass, we don’t mind. If your boat is a bit absent at the moment or not quite ready for the water, come along and say hello anyway. Greg Barwick and Chris Drury will be there from mid morning; look for the Sailfish shaped boats, that should be a giveaway, or the (alleged) hoards of Sailfish fans wanting to have a look at the boats.

See you there!

What’s New?

Lots, lots is what’s new.

There is a full report on the 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta under History, because I couldn’t think of anywhere else to put it.

There is a blog entry on the 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta, with links to a few videos, so go along and add your comments about your experience there. Our own “Banjo” Drury has added a limerick of the event to inspire us all.

There are new photos from the ICWDR, under Gallery/Victoria. If you have some photos of the weekend Chris and I would love to put them up on the site – get in touch.

And finally, there is a blog entry to announce the 50th Anniversary of the NSW Australian Sailfish Association. We will be having a get together on Saturday the 29th of April at Narrabeen, nothing formal, just come along any time from ten until stumps, bring a boat, bring your lunch, and do some catching up.

More photos from Inverloch still to come and maybe even a few from Ian and Janita Milton’s discovery of the Sailfish Trail, from Inverloch to Collaroy Plateau via Port Campbell, Learmonth, Ballarat, Bendigo, Yarrawonga, Cowra and Wentworth Falls.

NSW Sailfish Association 50th Anniversary

On the 24th of April 1967 a brave group of pioneers gathered at the home of Ben Castle to form the NSW Australian Sailfish Association. This group then went on to re-establish the Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club, with winter races starting that same May, before a full summer season commenced in 1967/68. Narrabeen went on to become the powerhouse of Sailfish in NSW for many years and a successful and still strong club to this day.

Jack Carroll on Ace of Clubs, Queen’s Birthday weekend 1967

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary we are holding a get-together at Narrabeen on Saturday 29th April 2017 from 10 am until we are done. This is not a regatta, but rather a day to get together, perhaps have a sail, have some lunch, and tell outrageous lies about how good we all were.

If you still have a Sailfish, bring it along! There will be at least a few Sailfish there for general use, so if you seem to have misplaced yours and would like to renew acquaintances with the boat, be sure to bring some sailing gear.

We are still deciding if the venue will be Jamieson Park or the Bilarong Reserve on the Wakehurst Parkway side. Jamieson Park is the obvious choice due to the location of the sailing club, but I am reliably told that the sailing is better from the north side of the lake these days.

If you know anyone from the early days, ask them along, this is a reason to catch up, and to celebrate; one way or another that meeting in 1967 had a big impact on many of our lives.

Bring your own lunch, memories, memorabilia and photos. Let us know via the contact page if you will be there.