Toronto – Notice of Race

The Entry Form and Notice of Race are up on the Toronto Amateur Sailing Club website, follow the link below:

Toronto 4oak Regatta NoR

Note that there is a typo on the Entry Form, but that the correct dates are 17th and 18th of March.

Here is a taste of National Titles gone by at the Toronto Amateur Sailing Club, just to get you fired up.


Regattas for Everyone

Well, March looks like it must be Regatta month.

You might want to attend one, or two, or maybe even three over three weeks, but pretty well wherever you are in Victoria or New South Wales, there is a Regatta to go to.

In date order:

The Paynesville Classic Boat Rally – March 3 & 4, Paynesville Victoria. A celebration of the boating history of the Gippsland Lakes.

Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong – March 10 to 12, Geelong Victoria. Definitely one for the wooden boat fanatic, from very small to very large there will be a wooden boat to be admired.

Toronto Annual Four of a Kind Regatta – March 17 & 18, Toronto, NSW. This is a chance for the NSW Australian Sailfish mob to get back together again, and not all that far from where many of you now live.


So if you want to take along your Sailfish to any or all of these, Google the above names to find out more, or contact the website.

First News from the 2018 ICWDR

There will be a full report on the Regatta as soon as I can get it written up and posted, but in the meantime . . . . .

We had two boats in the display. One was Jack Carroll’s first boat, Debonair, number 2  and the other was Leigh Marriott’s boat, Mrs Vicious, 1375, winner of the first National Titles. Even with the late withdrawal of Chris Cleary due to injury there were still ten Australian Sailfish competing in the Regatta itself, with visitors from Sydney and across Victoria, which made us (just) the largest class there for the second year in a row.

Our land based crew consisted of a few famous names from the past including Brett and Hayden Ramsdale who were both there over the Friday and the Saturday. We have some great photos already, with many more still to come and yes, this is a hint, I would love to see your photos of the weekend for posting on the website.

And of course, Jack was there, looking very happy and really enjoying seeing all those funny little boats out and about again.

We may never know which Sailfish won the Friday Invitation Race, there was some confusion with a few doing the set four laps and getting the bell and a few doing five before they got the bell, plus a few retirements due to damage or just being tuckered out. The wind peaked at 17 knots at the far end of the course where we had a tide running against the breeze, which made things a bit interesting. What we do know for sure is that Brian Carroll won the Regatta Race on Saturday with Peter Chapman second and Ian Milton third.

Well done to everyone who was able to come along, it made for a terrific weekend.

Current Header Photo

Nope, not sailing in the Sahara on the banks of the Nile, it is in fact the 2018 Inverloch  Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta, Regatta Race on Saturday the 27th of January.

Emma Milton, 2192, Apsu leads Ian Milton, 2028, Bruce!, Ken O’Brien, 1808, Cobra, Ken Maynard, 3334, Gonzo the Great and Greg Barwick on 3250, Stanley Crocodile.

Don’t panic, this is the first many, very many photos of the Regatta that will be posted in the next few weeks, so keep checking back for this and a full race report still to come.

Photo by Vicky Booth, Inverloch, 27 January 2018.

Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta Checklist

Here it is, the definitive Australian Sailfish ICWDR checklist, except for the stuff I have left out or forgotten of course:

  • Boat.
  • Associated boat bits.
  • Sailing gear.
  • Sunscreen and hat.
  • Regatta entry form.
  • Accommodation.
  • Phone and/or camera for those fantastic shots to see up on the website.
  • Let know if you are coming to the Friday night Indian meal or not.
  • Booking for Regatta Dinner at the RACV Inverloch Resort on Saturday night.


And on that last topic, this is just in from Jeff at Inverloch on Tuesday afternoon:

Re the Inverloch regatta, if you want to go to the Saturday night dinner at the RACV resort you’d better look sharp. Places are definitely limited and filling fast. Early registration by email or post would have allowed us to increase places as it’s a contract job, unfilled places have to be paid for by the regatta.
Weather forecast is 39c in Melbourne for the weekend, though down there it will be cooler, and there is always the river to jump in. Look forward to seeing you all.

So if you haven’t booked yet for Saturday night you might want to get cracking!

January 2018 Header Photo

The race start on 27 January at the 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta.

From far left, Craig Ginnivan on 2164 Licorice Stick, starter boat, Brian Carroll on 3342 Supertoy Fish, Steven Floyd on 3400 Gargle Blaster & Tony Hastings on 0 Flotsam. The race was eventually won by Steven, with Chris Cleary a close second. Photo taken by Tim Wilson.


It’s nearly Inverloch time!

Now less than six weeks to go until the 2018 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta, and you know you don’t want to miss out -:).

In 2017 this regatta heralded the Australian Sailfish resurgence after a slight hiatus, and we had eleven boats plus Jack came along as well. When we had eleven that said they would be there, I think Chris and I thought it would be amazing if we had eight actually turn up, but you all made the effort. Not only did we have eleven boats turn up, we had a crowd of “old” (not really) Sailfish skippers without a boat at the moment who came down from Melbourne to see what all the fuss was about.

Jack will be coming along again in 2018, he had booked his accommodation before any of us I think, and I hope we can at least match this years turnout.

The 2018 ICWDR Invitation and the Entry Form are at the bottom of this post, but to summarise:

Register by 6 January to go into the early bird draw (an RACV Resort voucher to the value of $300) and to assist the club with their planning, however late entries will be accepted from 0900 on the morning of the 26th of January.

Friday 26th January

There will be a social sail from 1130 (briefing at 1100)

Invitation Race at 2.30 pm (briefing at 2.00)

Saturday 27th January

Beach display from 0930

Cavalcade of Moths (it is their 90th anniversary) at 1030

Regatta Race at 2.30 pm (briefing at 2.00)

Dinner at the RACV Resort Inverloch from 6.00 pm

Sunday 28th January

Beach Display of boats

Foiling Moth Demonstration Race at 1030

Award presentations at 1130

Wooden Dinghy Race at 1.30 pm (briefing at 1.00)


For the Invitation with full details and for the Entry Form follow the links below:

2018 ICWDR Invitation

2018 Entry Form Rev 8

See you at Inverloch!


A taste of things to come

Just a few photos from the 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta, to get you in the mood.



[All the above photos were taken by Marion Chapman at the 2017 ICWDR, January 26 and 27 2017.]



[And all of these photos were taken by Tim Wilson at the 2017 ICWDR, January 26 and  27 2017.]

So it easy to see what a great venue it is, and it is now just seven weeks away(!), I hope to see you there.

The 2018 ICWDR is just eight weeks away

Yep, that’s right, just eight weeks until the 2018 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta comes around again on the Australia Day long weekend. Last year we wildly exceeded our highest hopes when there were eleven Australian Sailfish there, two locals and nine out-of-towners, including three from NSW.



This year we hope to at the very least match, and maybe even beat, that number. As well as the local boats, number 2 Debonair & 1870 ‘Off, Brian Carroll will be there with his shiny new boat, Jack’s Toy. I will be there with Bruce! and the recently restored Stanley Crocodile. From NSW we know that Chris Cleary and Peter Chapman will be there, and we are pretty sure that Ian Milton will be coming as well. We also know of another three boats that are definitely coming and a few that might be coming, and we really hope they will all turn up for the weekend.



Mrs Vicious, winner of the very first Australian Sailfish National Title, will be in attendance as well, on display in the Stadium, the hall next to the library on A’beckett Street.

As any of us who were there this year can tell you, the venue is brilliant, the club is fantastic and there is plenty to see and do on and off the water.





So come on, get the boat out, book some accommodation and come along. If you find you are without a Sailfish at the moment, come down for a day visit, it’s not that far from Melbourne, catch up with some old friends and maybe even make some new ones.

I look forward to seeing lots of you there, very soon!