Bendigo Yacht Club Opening Day – Report

Photos of the day can be viewed in the Victorian Gallery here:

Victorian Gallery

They came from all over the place; Warwick drove down from Brisbane for the day, as you do, Chris drove down from the Blue Mountains for the day, and Warren Jones even drove across from Terang just to have a look and catch up with us all after a short (!!!) interlude.

We even had one surprise boat as well – Dale Watson turned up with Stewart Wallace’s old boat 3365 Super Trooper, for those of us old enough to remember, and it is in great condition, it has clearly been very well looked after.

Clear skies, light winds and, in the end, nine Sailfish fronted up for a great day that only really lacked in some wind. By about ten the wind was at an exciting three knots (maybe), but from there it faded out to a ghost, a mere zephyr of a breeze, as the day continued. The briefing scheduled a two o’clock start but with a proviso from the locals in the know that it might be delayed and that if we didn’t get a start by three they would pull the pin. Chris and Ken Maynard and I decided we would head out for a drift anyway, can’t have come all that way and not have a sail.

In the end the official race was cancelled due to lack of wind but the racing committee offered up the option of a short race in front of the club if we wanted – we did. The race was run in a light breeze that faded out and was won by Chris Cleary, ahead of Warwick Norton and Craig Conn. Ken O’Brien had a great looking trophy specially made up for the day, and our thanks to Ken for going to the trouble of having that done.

Bendigo Yacht Club made us all feel most welcome and looked after us all very well, as they always have done.

Who turned up? I’m glad you asked:

Warwick Norton – Ogg 1800 plus Martin Kortlucke’s old boat (number unknown)

Chris Cleary – Janus 1918

Ken O’Brien – Bruce! 2028

Greg Barwick – Stanley Crocodile 3330

Ken Maynard – Gonzo the Great 3334

Dale Watson  – Super Trooper 3365

Craig Conn – 3411

Brian Carroll- Jack’s Toy 3461

Jack Carroll – coach

Warren Jones – pit crew

From the left, Chris Cleary, Greg Barwick, Jack Carroll, Ken O’Brien, Ken Maynard, Brian Carroll, Warwick Norton, Craig Conn and Dale Watson. [By Lyn Wallace, Bendigo Yacht Club, 6 October 2018]

Our next event is the Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend at the end of November, check the Calendar and we will see you there!

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