Ogg, the Sailfish, not the giant of Hebrew legend.

Plan number 1800

Built by Lindsay Phillips in September 1968, the plan was sold in August and the finished boat registered in early October of that year.

The hull was originally painted black with a varnished deck.  The name “Ogg” was in Old English writing and painted in black on the foredeck.

Lindsay, from Diamond Creek, had sailed Ogg alongside Jack Carroll and others at Elwood Sailing Club during the heady days of Sailfish(ing).  Competition was fierce and so rigging and performance of the craft was paramount.  Ogg has single strand stainless steel stays and jumper strut, with a full six batten sail.  Lindsay was also a very involved member of the Association, taking on the role of Editor of the newsletter for many years.

After Lindsay acquired/purchased/part built a fibreglass sailfish he named “GLOGG” (Glass Ogg) the original Ogg was purchased by Sue Hill in 1973 and conveyed to Bendigo Yacht Club where she was sailed in Club competition.  Jack Carroll was a regular visitor to Bendigo Yacht Club and mentored many of the 10 or more would-be Sailfish sailors, always encouraging them and suggesting ways to get more from themselves and their boats.

The National sailfish titles were held at Bendigo Yacht Club in 1974/75 where Ogg managed a 3rd place in the open handicap event.

About this time the AYF (Australian Yachting Federation) introduced a ruling that all boats must have a quick release method for the halyard.  Fittings for such were not in great production and so the system employed on Ogg is one that a few of the Bendigo boats adopted to get around the ruling.

Ogg won the Bendigo Yacht Club Sailfish Class Championship title in 1974/75.

Towards the middle of 1974 it became obvious Ogg had a major hull problem and the decision was made to scrap the hull in favour of building a new one.

The original idea was to create a whole new sailfish which was to carry the name “Zephirus” (West wind of Spring) and the new hull was adorned with the name, however finances were a bit tight and a future career beckoned requiring a shift to Melbourne.  Rather than purchase new spars, sail etc., the Ogg equipment was put back into service for the occasional times Ogg touched the water.  A rough attempt was made to remove the Zephirus name and when a revarnish is in order complete removal will be possible.

So “Ogg” was reborn with a new Western Red Cedar hull.  She was sailed rarely, due to work commitments, and has been garaged since a rare sail in 1980.

Mast, boom, cane battens and sail, mainsheet blocks, rudder, rudder box and centreboard are all original equipment.

Ogg, and future skipper (?) at new home in Brisbane. Man, but that is a lot of rake in that mast! [By Warwick Norton, Brisbane, 13 April 2018]
This last week, Warwick Norton made the long trip south from Brisbane to pick up Ogg from Sue. I was able to help Warwick and Sue load Ogg up for the trip north and am able to report that Ogg is in fantastic condition, just needing a check over before being put back on the water for the first time in a while.

Ogg and transport in Melbourne, read for the long drive home. [By Warwick Norton, northern Melbourne, 10 April 2018]
My thanks to Sue Hill for supplying pretty much all of this history, and to Warwick, for making sure another Sailfish has found a good home.


Lake Boga boats have new homes

This afternoon I received two emails just three minutes apart to let me know that the two Lake Boga boats that we blogged about in December have gone to new homes.

Craig Conn has picked up 3411 and Mark Teasedale has grabbed 3409, so that is two good boats to two good homes and they will be back on the water on Cairn Curran very soon. I am sure we will be seeing them at the November Classic Dinghy Weekend and I really hope they both make their way down to Inverloch for the Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta next Australia Day weekend.

Congrats to the new owners – we expect pictures of them rigged up and sailing now of course – I better update the Register!

Plan Supervisor’s Report

Back in the day, when we had an active Association running divisions in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Papua New Guinea, it was customary for there to be a plan sales report given at Committee and Annual General Meetings. Well, we don’t have an active Association anymore, and the plans aren’t for sale, but boy has there been a lot of interest shown since the website went live in October 2016 and plans became available to download in November of that year. Over the years I was responsible for making many of these reports but I have never seen one like this one, so here is where the plans have been sent to, so far:

2016 (November and December only)

Victoria, Australia – 3

Queensland, Australia – 1

Australian Capital Territory, Australia – 1

Luxemburg – 1

Netherlands – 1

USA – 1 (Maryland)


Victoria, Australia – 13

New South Wales, Australia – 12

Queensland, Australia – 7

South Australia, Australia – 4

Western Australia – 1

Tasmania – 1

USA – 4 (1 each to California, Connecticut, Indiana & New Jersey)

France – 2

Canada – 2 (1 each to Nova Scotia & British Columbia)

Poland – 2

United Kingdom – 1

Netherlands – 1

Germany – 1

Spain – 1

New Zealand – 1

Brazil – 1

2018 (so far)

New South Wales, Australia – 2

Queensland, Australia – 2

Victoria, Australia – 1

Western Australia, Australia – 1

USA – 1 (Oregon)

Philippines – 1

Jersey, Channel Islands – 1

Switzerland – 1

Canada – 1 (Ottawa)

Germany – 1

Ukraine – 1

What a Ripper!

In early November the website received an email from Al Martin, letting us know that he had just been given a Sailfish that was in need of restoration. The boat had been stored in a shed in Campbell’s Creek for over 20 years and was Jamie Robinson’s old boat 3333, Ripper. Those of us who were around in Victoria in the early eighties might remember a green hull with a green (!!) Frank Hammond sail. From what we know, 3333 went from Jamie to Scots College where it was used as a trainer and then to the shed in Campbell’s Creek.

Check out the spreaders. [By Al Martin, Drummond North, 15 December 2017]
Al came over to Cairn Curran a few weeks ago and introduced himself, although without his Sailfish, as it does need a bit of restoration work, and then yesterday he emailed me some photos of Ripper rigged up at his place. To quote Al:

“3333 seriously has 20 plus coats of paint on it – lots of red lead and then orange – thus the cracked look -(Its often over 50 celsius in the sheds up here) there is a small amount of edge dammage and a small but quite professional  hull patch underneath”.

This might be a good time to invest in sandpaper stocks, there might be a lot required to take Ripper back to a sound base!

And he even has a keen Sailfish sailor waiting for Ripper to be ready to launch, his niece is dead keen to have a go!


Almost ready to go, just a bit of sanding and a lick of paint needed. [By Al Martin, Drummond North, 15 December 2017]
So we are looking forward to seeing 3333 back on the water with us some time soon.

North Geelong Sailfish

As of the 28th of November this one has gone, off to a new home on Lake Macquarie.


Chris Cleary, one of the moderators of this website, visited Geelong on Monday 23 October and took the opportunity to inspect the Australian Sailfish on sale at 123 Retro Antiques, 3/287 Melbourne Rd, North Geelong (see blog post 1 Sept  2017 and Classifieds).

An assessment of the boat was limited by the unwillingness of the shop’s manager to lower the hull from the wall. We were told to return on a Saturday when there would be staff to assist. Nevertheless, the hull looks to be in good condition apart from a small but easily repairable puncture hole in the bottom on the starboard side. The bottom panels and sides are painted. The deck is a very attractive varnished ply with a lovely figured grain. The appearance of the deck is spoilt slightly by the non-skid material applied aft of the main track. There were two centreboards with the boat, one of which was for the Sailfish, the other for a larger dinghy.

The price has been reduced to $159.

Apart from the hole in the starboard bottom panel, the boat appears to be sound and well-constructed, with the paint and varnish in good condition. It has the appearance of a serious racer.

For anyone seeking a mount for the forthcoming regatta season, this boat is well worth considering, and is too good to be lost or thrown away, so take a drive down to North Geelong and check it out.

If you are interested, visit on a Saturday (and even then, ring beforehand to confirm that it can be taken off the wall for close inspection).

Australian Amateur Boat Builder

In the current issue (97) of Australian Amateur Boat Builder there is an article on the resurgence of interest in the Australian Sailfish, written by our own Chris Cleary.

When contacted last week, AABB very generously gave their OK for us to put it up on the site for all to enjoy, so here it is:

AABB Issue 97 Sailfish Zombies

And remember, next time you feel the need for some boat related reading matter, check out our own home grown magazine.

Stanley Crocodile found!

So today I went to look at a Sailfish in Geelong. It was very rough, beyond my skill set to restore, and just as I was about to walk out the owner said “I’ve got another one over here”. No rig, no centreboard, no rudder, but any of us that were around in the late seventies know this name:img_20170221_133511499

So, the plan is to leave Bruce! as is, and place the complete Ockerfish rig on to Stanley, keeping this great blue colour:img_20170221_133520759_hdr

But how, how do I restore this?


Crossie! Help Crossie! Help!