Nearly Inverloch O’clock

That’s right just four short weeks until we hit the water for the 2019 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta.

There will be the chance to do this:

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Or this:


Perhaps even this:


And almost certainly this:


Or even this:


How can you possibly resist?

Christmas is over so now it is time to get your gear ready, make sure the boat is all prepared and book your accommodation, just in case you haven’t already.

As usual, the Sailfish get together dinner will be on the Saturday night at the Indian Restaurant, The Chutney Bar, and Jack will be there to keep us all in line; the 2019 ICWDR Regatta Dinner will be on the Sunday night.

If you would like to come along to the Sailfish night, let me know name and how many ASAP as we will be booking out a large section of the restaurant and the more notice of numbers we can give the better.

Regatta details including Entry Form can be found at:

2019 ICWDR Entry Forms

See you at Inverloch VERY soon now.

All photos by Marion Chapman, 2017 & 2018 ICWDR, Inverloch.



Inverloch Attractions

Many of us are coming to Inverloch in 2019 with our families, some of whom, for inexplicable reasons, will not want to spend all day watching us sailing on the waters of Anderson Inlet. You can now set their minds at ease by letting them know of the many other things there are to do in and around Inverloch.

There are the markets on the Sunday where there is often a band playing in the park.  For those who don’t want to wander too far, the Main Street has a range of shops and cafes to peruse, all within easy walking distance of the sailing club. When they come back to the sailing club there are also shaded elevated walkways or the jetty to spectate from as well.

For the more adventurous the surf beach is nearby and there is even a surf school for those wanting to try board riding. There are also some good walks to enjoy such as the Screw Creek or Townsend Creek walks, or the Eagles Nest and the coast towards Cape Patterson to explore.

If food and drink is an interest there are local wineries and even Prom Country Cheese back towards Korumburra that might make for an great day out.

And if all of that is not enough to keep everyone busy for three days you can also visit for more ideas.

So, there is plenty to do for everyone, young or old, sailor or non sailor, and we are looking forward to seeing you and your mob at Inverloch over the Australia Day weekend.

2019 Inverloch Regatta Entries

Entries for the 2019 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta are now open, all the appropriate forms can be found on their website here:

2019 ICWDR Entry Details

or via the following links:

2019 ICWDR Entry Form

2019 ICWDR Insurance Waiver

The Insurance Waiver is new, so even if you have come along before check it out.

2019 Notice of Regatta

2019 Race Rules

2019 Judging Guidelines

2019 Regatta Brochure


Regatta Season is Coming!

Whether you live in the north, the south, the east or the west it looks like the 2018/19 sailing season will have plenty of opportunities for us to get our Sailfish in the water.  The following is what we know so far:

October 6 – Bendigo Yacht Club Opening Day at Lake Eppalock.

Bendigo is Jack Carroll’s home club and we hope to get a good turnout to start the season. I know that Warwick is coming down from Brisbane with Ogg, and at least a few of us from Melbourne will be there as well, so drag out the boat and get started on all those little things you need to do to be back on the water in just over two months.


November 24 & 25 – Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend at Cairn Curran.

This will be the second time we have held this event, at a great club with many historical links to the Australian Sailfish. While there will be many of us coming from Victoria and NSW, for those of us who live in Melbourne’s west or the western districts this regatta is the easiest to get to, and this year the weather gods might cooperate.


January 26 to 28 2019 – the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta at Inverloch.

If we had a “home” regatta this would be it. This is the place where the resurgence in interest in the Australian Sailfish really took off in 2017, so come along and help us be the largest single class for the third year in a row. A very friendly club, an at times “interesting” and “challenging” sailing venue and a terrific weekend. You could even have your photo taken with Jack’s original Australian Sailfish, Debonair, Australian Sailfish number 2, you won’t see that anywhere else!


March 9 & 10 2019 – Wallagoot Lake Boat Club Regatta at Wallagoot Lake.

Home to our own Tony Hastings, owner of Flotsam, and Terry Kirby, owner of 1806, this regatta is just perfectly placed for any of our skippers in Sydney, the south coast of NSW or eastern Victoria. It might even serve as a warm up for the following event.


March 2019 – Toronto Four of a Kind Regatta at Toronto Lake Macquarie.

This is an event for all the Sailfish in Sydney, the Greater Lake Macquarie area and north, and south if you enjoy a drive of course. We turned up last year and cleaned up Division 2, should probably do it again in 2019 so they know it wasn’t a fluke. The exact date is still to be determined but expect the back end of March based on previous years.


April 27 & 28 2019 – The South Australian Wooden Boat Festival at Goolwa.

Chris Cleary and I are taking a couple of Australian Sailfish along to spread the word, and the more the merrier, so come along if you can. This event is held every two years and is just a great indulgence for anyone who loves wooden boats of all kinds. There is plenty to see and do over the weekend.


Of course, there are others, the Sunshine club on Lake Macquarie have a single-handed regatta in early November and and their annual regatta in February, plus there is the Lake Boga Easter Regatta as well.

Lots to choose from, or go mad and come along to them all! See you at a Regatta soon.