Clearly, last weekend was a big weekend for the relaunching of recovered Australian Sailfish. Not only did Ogg hit the water in Queensland (see the report below) but the two ex Lake Boga boats, 3409 & 3411 took to the waves again at Yarrawonga. The new owners, Mark Teasdale and Craig Conn respectively, will be sailing from Cairn Curran Sailing Club.
Here in his own words, is a brief report from Craig:
Well firstly no breakages of either boat or skipper!!
We did shake the boys up in the first race and I think we beat them all on handicap as I came in just behind the Impulses. Mark was a little behind me at the end.
We both had a great time and really enjoyed our nostalgic weekend and we are looking forward to later in the year at Cairn Curran for the wooden boat regatta.
We had people coming up to us all weekend asking what they were and where can we get one? And then we had the others that told us stories when they had one as a kid or their kids had one, its been an adventure. Both the boats went very well for the little amount of breeze we had.
We did let everyone know where to find the sailfish website. Maybe we need to get some (more) t shirts made up for the Sailfish events. Mark and I are keen to maybe do a couple of regattas over the next season. I think I need to work out some padding as its hard sailing the boat in light weather on the old body!!
The reception from the Yarrawonga is great to hear about, it was a regular spot for the Sailfish back in the early days of the Association, might have to make a trip up there for a sail one weekend.
And there are rumours of more Sailfish being built in the Cairn Curran area, we might get a fleet back there again after all these years!