The very first Cairn Curran Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend hosted by the Cairn Curran Sailing Club is coming!
The big news is that this is not a wooden boats only event. Classic Dinghy Class boats that are built out of wood, fibreglass and/or fibreglass and ply composite are welcome. We hope to have a good turnout of Sailfish, and if you have a ‘glass one we would really like to see you there. There will be Gwen 12’s, VJ’s, Moths and we hope that there will be lots of other classes as well.
If your boat isn’t ready, bring your sailing gear and get ready to hop back on a Sailfish.
So plan for the last weekend of November (25 & 26) and we will post more details as they become available, or check out the Victorian Classic Dinghy Network page via the Links page.
For now, get out that fibreglass Sailfish that you have been waiting to restore and get to it, just six months to go!
From Bill on the south coast of NSW . . .
I built 1276 in 1968 in my bedroom, much to my mother’s horror, intending to race it at Narrabeen. Just as I finished it the Dept of Education in their infinite wisdom, posted me to Gunning, an hours drive from Canberra. I sailed it there with the ‘Y’ in 69 and also competed in the States. Sold the boat the next year after building an Arrow cat. That boat began a sailing career which has lasted almost 50 years. Last year I was given 1271 which was on the way to the tip from Callala bay sailing school. The hull is in good condition but all fittings have been removed. I have the sail and a mast to be rigged.
I love it when we find more boats that we didn’t even know had been built and here we have two. Anyone out there remember Bill Jauncey at the 1969 State Titles?
In the current issue (97) of Australian Amateur Boat Builder there is an article on the resurgence of interest in the Australian Sailfish, written by our own Chris Cleary.
When contacted last week, AABB very generously gave their OK for us to put it up on the site for all to enjoy, so here it is:
AABB Issue 97 Sailfish Zombies
And remember, next time you feel the need for some boat related reading matter, check out our own home grown magazine.