News Flash! News Flash! (Again).

Last week, a newly completed Australian Sailfish was launched into the tropical waters of Keppel Bay at Yeppoon in Queensland. It was the second Sailfish launch in the space of seven days. Given the demise of the Australian Sailfish as an active class in the late 1980’s, this is extraordinary.

The new boat is ‘Woody’, built by Royce Powe. It is the lovely boat featured on this website in the Queensland section of the Gallery.

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The proud builder with his boat on the impressive rigging area at Keppel Bay Sailing Club [By Royce Powe’s father, Keppel Bay, Qld; 12 Oct 2017]
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And on the gently shoaling beach. Looks like boating paradise. [By Royce Powe’s father, Keppel Bay, Qld; 12 Oct 2017]

Congratulations to Royce. Such a beautiful example of the Sailfish class might inspire other builds in the Sunshine State.

It is interesting to note that, in the early 1960’s, Queensland was the first state to which the Australian Sailfish class spread after it originated in Victoria. This blogmeister can feel in his bones the stirrings of  a Northern Sailfish Revivalist Tour, a caravan of baby-boomer Victorian and New South Wales disciples travelling north, probably in mid-winter.

 

 

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One thought on “News Flash! News Flash! (Again).

  1. Tony Bytheway, Lake Macquarie stalwart of the class, writes:

    Have just read the latest blog. Well done Royce.
    I like the comments about a northern winter regatta. We’ll have to give Royce encouragement to that end. Just imagine, a dozen or so two southern fish alongside ‘Woody’ on that launching pad. Our mexican friends would think they’re in heaven, not a dead tree or soggy sand dune in sight. Mind you, there’s a bit of a coral reef offshore some, but mother nature parked it there to help break down those ocean waves to Sailfish size.

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