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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The 2018 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta. From the left, Ken Maynard on 3334, Gonzo the Great, Peter Chapman on 2188, Gooney Bird, Ken O’Brien on 1808, Cobra, & Ian Milton on 2028, Bruce, making their way up the first work on Friday the 26th of January.

The 2019 ICWDR is now less than four months away!

Photo by Marion Chapman, Inverloch, 26 January 2018.

Three Weeks to Eppalock

That’s right, just three weeks to go to our opening event of the 2018/19 season, if you haven’t started getting your Sailfish ready yet, it might be time to start panicking!

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The above photos show Chris Cleary, John Dowzard, Red Emperor on the trailer and Janus on the roof racks at the 25th anniversary regatta at Lake Eppalock in 1981. Just check out the venue and the number of boats in the background! Photos are from the Dowzard Family album.

And there is a NEW Bendigo yacht Club website, here’s the link:

New Bendigo Yacht Club Home Page

See you there.

Five Weeks

Yep, that’s right, just five weeks today, well it is while I am writing this, until our first event of the year, the Bendigo Yacht Club Opening Day on Saturday October 6.

If you haven’t dragged the boat out yet for a clean up and a check over now might be the time to do it.

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1974/75 National Titles, Lake Eppalock. Chris Cleary and 1918 Janus in the foreground, then 1257 Fury, Chris Leyland; 1302 Sish, Robert Champion; 3211 Glogg, Lindsay Phillips; 852 Tiger, skipper unknown; 3250 Ockerfish, Pat Carroll, behind the Puffin, & 1917 Noxal, Graeme Bailey. [By Jenny Browning, Lake Eppalock, Dec. 74/Jan. 75]
Bendigo is Jack Carroll’s home club, so we are hoping for a good turnout on the day, it has been a few years since Bendigo saw a fleet of Australian Sailfish out on Eppalock, so let’s give them a surprise.

Check out the Bendigo Yacht Club website for more details:

New Bendigo Yacht Club Home Page

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A rare view of the website administrator, right way up and looking like he knows what he is doing. Ray Cross was very cross (ahahahahaha!) about my piece of string boom vang, which didn’t work all that well, but has now been replaced with a real vang.

The restored Stanley Crocodile at the 2018 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta in January. The Stanley image on the bow was thanks to the kindness of Brad Ginnivan at Moreton Bay Signs and the photo was by Marion Chapman, Anderson’s Inlet, 26 January 2018.

Start the season at Eppalock

The Australian Sailfish are coming back to Lake Eppalock for the Bendigo Yacht Club Opening Day, October 6th 2018.

The 1974/75 National Titles were held there, and Bendigo Yacht Club also hosted a number of Victorian State Titles. Plus, it is the sailing home of Jack Carroll, plus it is where the surviving Title Shields are held and on display.

If you have your name on either the National Open Title or Victorian Open Title shields come along and have your photo taken with it/them. Even if you don’t, come along for a great day out, and a chance to catch up with old friends.

1974/75 National Titles. [By Jenny Browning, Lake Eppalock, Dec. 74/Jan. 75]
A great way to start the new season, say hello to Jack, thank Bendigo Yacht Club and get ready for a busy year of Regatta involvement.

Put the date in your calendar now and start to get the boat ready, it will be here before you know it.

I will post further updates as we get closer, so stay tuned.

He’s at it again!

Some of us with long memories will remember that our poet from the swamp contributed a stirring poetic effort after last years Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta; well, he’s at it again.

To see this year’s contribution go to the blog post “First News from the 2018 ICWDR” and look for the comment, if you dare!

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Division 2 Race 1 start at the 2018 Toronto 4 of a Kind Regatta.

From left to right you have Brian Carroll on 3461 Jack’s Toy, Greg Barwick on 3250 Stanley Crocodile, a couple of Impulses, Ian Urban on 2028 Bruce!, John Dowzard on 2188 Gooney Bird, Ian Milton on 2192 Apsu, Chris Cleary on 1918 Janus tucked in behind the starter boat and Royce Powe on Q60 Woody just this side of the starter boat.

Photo by Warwick Norton, Lake Macquarie, 17 March 2018.