For a start, we have the upcoming NSW Sailfish Association 50th Anniversary get together at Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes on the 29th of April. If you can, drop on by, for a few minutes, a few hours or all day if you want. This is a chance for all of us affected by the formation of the Association in NSW to get together and celebrate the impact it has had on our lives. Bring a boat, bring some lunch, bring the family and catch up with old friends!
We had a great day at Ballarat, four Sailfish, five if you count Stanley Crocodile who was not yet ready to get his feet wet, plus a VJ, a Gwen 12 and a couple of Heavyweight Sharpies. One of the Sailfish was Ken O’Brien, inspired to get his boat out and on the water again after coming down to Inverloch in January. Another was Ian Milton, who decided to drive down from Narrabeen for an afternoon sail and to replicate his 1979/80 photo with Chris Drury, as you do!
Ken Maynard is making good progress with the restoration of Gonzo, and his father is making good progress with the restoration of Helen, Sailfish number 600, both due to start having paint put back on after some weeks of taking the old paint off. So that is two more Sailfish for the 2018 Inverloch Regatta
David has a new, well, 1962, Sailfish he has tracked down and is doing up for his sailing pleasure and with a bit of luck we can convince him to come along to Inverloch next January for the 2018 ICWDR.
Jeff Cole is assembling a boat from a collection of parts he has tracked down, and that will be available soon for someone to work on over winter in preparation for the new season. Jeff is also planning some repair and restoration work for ‘Off, 1870 after a full and exciting season which has left both boat and owner a little stiff and sore!
Chris Cleary has had an article about the Australian Sailfish and it’s resurgence published in Australian Amateur Boat Builder magazine, with a bit of luck it might even lead to a few new boats being built.
Stanley Crocodile has the deck sanded back to bare wood, and in a few badly weathered patches, beyond that (!) and is now ready for the first coat of varnish.
From thisto this
and the varnishing starts this week.
The 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy regatta has been given it’s own page in the gallery, we have so many photos to post it was going to drown out everything else Victorian, and we couldn’t have that!
Plus a good selection of new photos are being regularly added to the various galleries.
In the next couple of months I will keep the photos and updates coming as we all hunker down and spend the cold months getting our boats ready for the coming season.