The following five articles come from some good research by Chris Drury and his mate David, thanks to you both for finding the newspaper reports on the first Learmonth National Titles.
Ballarat Courier, 29 December 1976
Ballarat Courier, 31 December 1976
The rest of the above article reads “In demanding conditions defending champion, Chris Cleary, in Janus, went into the lead.
With the wind force increasing officials decided to shorten the course but then race leader Cleary capsized leaving the race wide open for Cross and S. Tait in Borrowed ‘n’ Gleam.
The finish was a thriller with Cross just edging out Cleary for first place.
Tait sailed a creditable race to take out third place.
With three heats to go Cross is a clear leader.
In the junior division G. Bowles sailing Bounty put in a good performance to edge out C. Leyland, Furious, who is putting up some good performances.” Ballarat Courier, 1 January 1977.
Ballarat Courier, 3 January 1977
Full page spread on the 2017 Inverloch Classic Wooden Dingy Regatta. [Great Southern Star, Inverloch, 31 January 2017]
Excerpt from the Great Southern Star newspaper, note that Jack built Debonair in 1956 not 1949 as stated. [Great Southern Star, Inverloch, 31 January 2017]
1977/78 Toronto National Titles. [Newcastle Morning Herald, January 1978]
Seacraft Magazine article, by Max Press, June 1962
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 July 1978.
Seacraft Magazine, September 1967. [By unknown, Location unknown]
Peter Coburn, Stanley Crocodile & Chris Cleary, Janus, 1977/78 National Titles, Lake Macquarie. [By Newcastle Morning Herald, Lake Macquarie, January 1978]
Jack Carroll, Ace of Spades, Narrabeen Lakes. [Warringah News, 25 October 1967]
Founding of Nepean Sailfish Sailing Club, Murray Bailey on 1960. [Penrith Press, 3 November 1971]
Founding of Nepean Sailfish Sailing Club, Murray Bailey, 1960. [Sporting Argus, Penrith, 13 Oct. 1971]
Ian Milton, Warren Jones & Paul Kelly, Narrabeen, 1980. [The Manly Daily, January 1981]
Joanne Parish, Chris Cleary, Toronto Nationals 1977/78. [Newcastle Sun, January 1978]
Graeme Bailey leads Chris Cleary, Nepean Sailfish Sailing Club, Nepean River, Penrith, 1974. [Penrith Press, Penrith, 1974]
Jack at Toronto Nationals 1977-78. [Newcastle Sun, January 1978]