PAST  EVENTS

~ THE BEGINNING ~

The origins of our movement to rescue, restore and sail classic dinghies began in 2007 at Chelsea YC. The community of Chelsea were holding several events to celebrate the centenary of the railway station and the yacht club decided to invite classes that had once sailed there but had long since disappeared (see poster on the left.)  The event was organised by the Chelsea YC committe, which included Stephen Fankhauser, an old Skate sailor who later restored the 12 Sq. Metre Sharpie "Cheyenne". For the first time in decades Skates, Vee Jays, a Payne-Mortlock Canoe and other classic classes covered the beach in front of the club. The event was a great success and revived interest in these boats. 

In 2011 Mordialloc YC decided to hold a regatta for wooden dinghies in April at the end of the sailing season and to make it an annual event (see photo on the right.) The initial regatta was very popular and the event was held again in 2012 and 2013. One of the most interesting boats was Finn number 27, which was the boat that Paul Elvstrom won the Gold medal with in the 1956 Olympics. 

At the 2013 regatta some old Vee Jay and Skate sailors from Chelsea met Andrew Chapman from Inverloch and together decided to start a classic dinghy movement. Andrew was keen to hold a regatta at Inverloch on the Australia Day Long Weekend to revive, in a new form, the historic Inverloch Regatta with a focus on classic wooden dinghies. We decided that Inverloch was an ideal place because of its historical connection to the Moth, its flat, sheltered water and because it is a country venue it would be attractive as a destination for a holiday weekend regatta. Andrew and his wife Marion then planned and organised the first Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta. At the first regatta some boats turned up from Cairn Curran and began that club's involvement with classic dinghies.

Each season the movement grows larger and we now have boats coming from NSW, the  ACT and there is growing interest in SA and Tasmania.  We are also gathering and compiling information on the history of classes that were lost to history.

We hope to see a group of enthusiasts form a movement for classic catamarans.

ICWDR  Australia Day Weekend 2014 - The inaugural regatta.

Click on this link for lots of details about the history of sailing at Inverloch as well as photos and history of the origins of the International Moth.
Click on this link for the newsletter of the inaugural regatta plus lots of photos. 
To watch videos of the 2014 & 2015 regattas, click here.

ICWDR Australia Day Weekend 2015

Click on this link for the newsletter and photos of the 2015 regatta. 
Click on this link for "Bonny Wee Boats." The story of Iain Oughtred by Andy McIntyre.

ICWDR Australia Day Weekend 2016

Click on this link for the newsletter and photos of the 2016 regatta.
Click on this link for an article in the Star newspaper about the 2016 regatta.
Click on this link for an article about the ICWDR 2016 from the My Sailing newsletter.

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Back to Mornington YC Weekend
20-21 Feb. 2016

50th Anniversary 12 sq. Metre Sharpie
   Round-the-Bay Sail February 2016 

Click on this link for an article from AFLOAT magazine April 2016.
Click on this link for the story of the original journey around Port Phillip Bay in 1965. This is an extract from The History of Mordialloc Sailing Club written by Peter White.

RGYC 2016  Wooden Boat Festival 12 - 14 March 2016.

The RGYC Wooden Boat Festival is held every second year. At the 2016 event in the off-the-beach section there was a Vee Jay, Gwen 12, Moth & 12 Sq. Metre Sharpie, 12 foot Cadets and a large fleet of Herons. The next event will be held in March 2018.

For more information contact Stuart Dickson, the Festival Chairman, on 0417 379 860 or email: stuart.dickson47@gmail.com 

  Balmain Regatta Sunday 20th October 2016

6 foot skiffs, 10 foot historic skiffs,18 foot skiffs and classic yachts as well as the latest yachts and dinghy classes.  See the Balmain Sailing Club website for more details: http://www.balmainsailingclub.com/    
Click on the link to see a 6 foot skiff in action.

Australian Wooden Boat Festival Hobart 10-13 February 2017 

One of the biggest wooden boat festivals in the world, this event is held every second year.The next one will be in February 2019.

Click on this link for AFLOAT magazine articles on the 2015 AWBF

Click on this link for an article about the 2017 AWBF on the My Sailing newsletter. 

Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation    
Ballaarat YC  18 March 2017 

Ballaarat Yacht Club invited classic dinghy classes to Lake Wendouree on Saturday the 18th of March to join the club fleet and the Ballarat Berties, an annual event for Lightweight Sharpies. The modern Sharpies were joined by two of their ancestors, 12 sq. Metre (Heavyweight) Sharpies "Zena" and "Cheyenne". Sailfish and other classic dinghies came from around Victoria and as far away as Narrabeen in NSW. A drifter on a glassy lake made a great static display.     (Photos below courtesy of Brian Canny and Sharon Wood) 

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Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation Weekend
   Cairn Curran Sailing Club   
25-26 November 2017 

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The inaugural Classic Dinghy Classes Invitation was held at Cairn Curran SC on the last weekend of November 2017. The annual event is for classic sailing dinghy classes built from any construction material so that the most recently built Gwens, Rainbows, Sailfish, Vee Jays, Scow Moths etc. that are all or part fibreglass and are not eligible to participate in wooden boat regattas will have an event for them. Wooden boats of either planks or plywood are of course also welcome.
Boats came from Victoria, South Australia and NSW and found the club to be very welcoming, friendly and supportive. Cairn Curran also has a growing fleet of classic dinghies. The winds were a bit hot and fickle being on the end of a hot spell but we still managed to get some great sailing on the flat water and have a chance to share experiences of restoring and sailing these fantastic boats.
There is already growing interest in the next Invitation Weekend to be held in November 2018 so start getting your boat ready. There were hundreds of boats buil in the 1970's and 80's with fibreglass shells and wooden decks and cockpits currently gathering dust in sheds and garages and at last there is an event for them.

THE INVERLOCH CLASSIC WOODEN DINGHY REGATTA    AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKEND 26 - 28   JANUARY 2018

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  THE POSTERS FOR THE INVERLOCH CWDR
  ARE ONCE AGAIN  BY MARION CHAPMAN  

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 THE WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL OF GEELONG
10th -- 12th MARCH 2018

THE LARGEST WOODEN BOAT REGATTA IN VICTORIA. IT IS HELD EVERY 2ND YEAR AND IS OPEN TO EVERY KIND OF WOODEN BOAT. 
BEAUTIFUL YACHTS, TALL SHIPS, CLASSIC DINGHIES AND HISTORIC 18 FOOTERS ARE COMING FROM SYDNEY.
GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION:   http://woodenboatfestivalgeelong.com.au
FOR INFORMATION  ABOUT ENTERING YOUR CLASSIC WOODEN DINGHY CONTACT JOHN FAIRFAX jfxaus@hotmail.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

There are other events coming up that may be of interest to classic dinghy sailors:

The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club's Gaffer's Day Regatta - Held Every October
See the club website for details:   http://www.sasc.com.au/ 

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Goolwa. See website for more details:  http://www.woodenboatfestival.com.au/

The Hazelwood Pond Sauna Sail Queen's Birthday Long Weekend.
See the Latrobe Valley YC website for more details:    http://www.lvyc.org.au/index.php

The Paynesville Classic Boat Rally. Held every 2nd year, the next one is scheduled for Feb 28th to March 1st 2020.
See website for more details:  http://www.thepaynesvilleclassic.com.au/