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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.


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.

Guess who’s coming to Toronto

Nope? Too hard?

OK then, here is is what we know so far . . . . . . .


Jack Carroll


Brian Carroll 3461 Jack’s Toy

Chris Cleary 1918 Janus

Greg Barwick 3250 (or is it 3330?) Stanley Crocodile

Ian Urban 2028 Bruce!

Ian Milton 2192 Apsu – probable starter

We may have a spare boat 2188 Gooney Bird – to be confirmed, and with a bit of luck there might be other Sailfish we don’t know about yet.

Pit Crew

Tony “Bicycle” Bytheway

Graeme Remington

Glenn Bowles

John Dowzard

Chris Leyland

Warwick Norton

Ron Jones – possible starter

Dave Watts – possible starter

Don Watts – possible starter

Three weeks to Toronto

Yep, didn’t that come around fast?

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are in the post below this one, so dust off your sailing gear (has it had time to gather dust since Inverloch?), send in your entry, load the boat(s) and book some accommodation, the Sailfish are coming back to Toronto!

Here are a few highlights, all from the Milton Family Album, of the 1980/81 Australian Sailfish National Titles at Toronto – enjoy!

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.

Toronto 4OAK is less than 7 weeks away!

Do you recognise yourself in this photo?

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What about in this one?


Recovered from the weekend at Inverloch yet? No? Yes?

Then it is time to start preparing for the Toronto Amateur Sailing Club 4 of a Kind Regatta on March 17 and 18.

Toronto Amateur Sailing Club has been advised that we will be turning up and have indicated that if we have the numbers we can run as our own division.   This is a great chance for all of us from the Narrabeen, Nepean and Toronto clubs to catch up, as I know that many of the Sailfish sailors from those days have moved to the greater central coast area.

As I mentioned in the last post on this, I am bringing up two boats, and I hope that if anyone else has a spare that they will bring that along as well. Toronto was a big part of the NSWSA history in the late 70’s and early to mid 80’s and it will be great get together to catch up again and to acknowledge this part of our history.

As I mentioned, I will be coming up from Melbourne with Bruce! and Stanley Crocodile, Brian Carroll is coming with Jack’s Toy, his new build, and he might even be bringing Jack Carroll with him. Ken O’Brien (1808, Cobra) hopes to be able to make it, and we hope that Graeme Remington will be sailing along with Chris Cleary,  plus there is a good chance that Ian Milton, Chris Leyland and John Dowzard will be on the water as well.

Accommodation options are plentiful if a bit scattered, although that won’t matter for those of you who live there. Those of us who are travelling in might want to start looking around as we won’t be allowed to camp at the sailing club like we used to.

Get the boat out, and get ready, if you can think of anyone you know that was around in the day and might be interested give them a call and let them know.

Come for an hour, come for a day or come for the whole weekend, but come along, if only to scare and embarrass your kids!