Ogg, the Sailfish, not the giant of Hebrew legend.
Plan number 1800
Built by Lindsay Phillips in September 1968, the plan was sold in August and the finished boat registered in early October of that year.
The hull was originally painted black with a varnished deck. The name “Ogg” was in Old English writing and painted in black on the foredeck.
Lindsay, from Diamond Creek, had sailed Ogg alongside Jack Carroll and others at Elwood Sailing Club during the heady days of Sailfish(ing). Competition was fierce and so rigging and performance of the craft was paramount. Ogg has single strand stainless steel stays and jumper strut, with a full six batten sail. Lindsay was also a very involved member of the Association, taking on the role of Editor of the newsletter for many years.
After Lindsay acquired/purchased/part built a fibreglass sailfish he named “GLOGG” (Glass Ogg) the original Ogg was purchased by Sue Hill in 1973 and conveyed to Bendigo Yacht Club where she was sailed in Club competition. Jack Carroll was a regular visitor to Bendigo Yacht Club and mentored many of the 10 or more would-be Sailfish sailors, always encouraging them and suggesting ways to get more from themselves and their boats.
The National sailfish titles were held at Bendigo Yacht Club in 1974/75 where Ogg managed a 3rd place in the open handicap event.
About this time the AYF (Australian Yachting Federation) introduced a ruling that all boats must have a quick release method for the halyard. Fittings for such were not in great production and so the system employed on Ogg is one that a few of the Bendigo boats adopted to get around the ruling.
Ogg won the Bendigo Yacht Club Sailfish Class Championship title in 1974/75.
Towards the middle of 1974 it became obvious Ogg had a major hull problem and the decision was made to scrap the hull in favour of building a new one.
The original idea was to create a whole new sailfish which was to carry the name “Zephirus” (West wind of Spring) and the new hull was adorned with the name, however finances were a bit tight and a future career beckoned requiring a shift to Melbourne. Rather than purchase new spars, sail etc., the Ogg equipment was put back into service for the occasional times Ogg touched the water. A rough attempt was made to remove the Zephirus name and when a revarnish is in order complete removal will be possible.
So “Ogg” was reborn with a new Western Red Cedar hull. She was sailed rarely, due to work commitments, and has been garaged since a rare sail in 1980.
Mast, boom, cane battens and sail, mainsheet blocks, rudder, rudder box and centreboard are all original equipment.
This last week, Warwick Norton made the long trip south from Brisbane to pick up Ogg from Sue. I was able to help Warwick and Sue load Ogg up for the trip north and am able to report that Ogg is in fantastic condition, just needing a check over before being put back on the water for the first time in a while.
My thanks to Sue Hill for supplying pretty much all of this history, and to Warwick, for making sure another Sailfish has found a good home.