That’s right, the 2018 Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend held at Cairn Curran Sailing Club is just six weeks away. Get your boats ready, sort out your accommodation and we will see you there real soon.
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.
The 2018 Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend at Cairn Curran Sailing Club will be on the weekend of 24 & 25 November. Last year was the inaugural event and while there was a good turnout with plenty of interesting boats (and lots of Sailfish!) the weather was not kind. I am assured that the organising committee have had a word and it won’t happen again (probably).
We are expecting a range of different classes; so far we know we have a 1970’s 18 foot skiff, some Gwen 12’s, Vee Jays, a Moth, a Heavyweight Sharpie and a Javelin coming. As well as our usual turnout of Australian Sailfish, there are two new boats added to the Cairn Curran fleet courtesy of Craig Conn and Mark Teasdale. I am told there are also some new builds underway in the greater Cairn Curran area, so some more new boats will be exciting to see.
It is hoped that there will be a chance for skippers to try different classes on the Sunday morning as well, so this might be your big chance to try out an 18 foot skiff or a Javelin, or even an Australian Sailfish!
As more information becomes available I will be updating the blog. In the meantime the attached poster gives some information so you can start planning.
If you can’t bring your boat, bring your sailing gear!