Victorian Classic Dinghy Network

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About the Victorian Classic Dinghy Network.....

We are an informal group of enthusiasts from all over Victoria who rescue, dust off, restore, display, sail and celebrate dinghies, skiffs and scows that were once popular on every waterway but are now rarely seen.
We are keen to make sure that they don't disappear from sailing history.
If you have a classic Vee Jay, Moth, Gwen 12, Sailfish,Cherub, Skate, Rainbow, Javelin, Heron, GP 14, Sharpie, Flying Dutchman, 505, Finn, 12 Foot Cadet, 14 Footer, 16 ft Skiff, Jollyboat, International Sailing Canoe, Fireball, Flying Ant, Mirror or a traditional or historical dinghy, come and join us at one of our events (see the Classic Classes menu for a list of classes).
If you don't have a boat but would just like to see the classic dinghies or perhaps have a sail on one, you are most welcome to join us.

Our two big events of the season are the CAIRN CURRAN CLASSIC DINGHY CLASSES INVITATION and the INVERLOCH CLASSIC WOODEN DINGHY REGATTA  (details below)

For a complete list of events
go to the Past & Future Events Page
and join us on Facebook.
 


THE CAIRN CURRAN
CLASSIC DINGHY CLASSES
INVITATION WEEKEND

The annual event is for classic sailing dinghy classes built from any construction material - planks, plywood or fibreglass. The emphasis is on classic classes not wooden boats. 
There were hundreds of Gwens, Rainbows, Sailfish, Vee Jays, Skates, Cherubs, International Canoes, Scow Moths etc. built in the 1970's and 80's with fibreglass shells and wooden decks and cockpits, or fully fibreglass currently gathering dust in sheds and garages that are not eligible to participate in wooden boat regattas and now there is an event for them.
Wooden boats of either planks or plywood are of course also very welcome. 
Cairn Curran is well situated for participants from Victoria, South Australia, NSW and the ACT. It has flat water ideally suited for classic dinghies, a huge range of accommodation from lakeside camping to historic B&B’s and a lawn area for rigging. It is situated right in the centre of the Goldfields Area - close to Maldon, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Castlemaine and other famous picturesque historic towns - so it’s a great venue for anyone coming along with participants who might not be all that   interested in sailing or listening to sailors talking endlessly about sailing. 
So come and join us in November for a great weekend of sailing. If you can’t bring a boat, just bring your sailing gear. 




THE INVERLOCH CLASSIC WOODEN DINGHY REGATTA
Every Australia Day long weekend the township of Inverloch is invaded by wooden dinghy enthusiasts who come together to display and sail their boats. There are races and prizes for various categories of historic worth and quality of restoration. As well as the display of classic dinghies in the club and on the inlet, there's a huge indoor exhibition of fully rigged classic dinghies plus historic photos and beautiful model boats. It's a great opportunity to see dinghies that you may have started sailing on many years ago, or to discuss restoring an old boat that might be gathering dust in your garage and bringing it along to the next regatta - or have a sail on one of our boats. If you are looking for a boat to restore as a project, we can find the ideal one for you.
The regatta is also an opportunity to celebrate the birth of the International Moth which started life as the "Inverloch Eleven Foot Class" in 1928. We already have about 8 double-chine and mouldie Moths at the regatta and are keen to keep building the fleet and include earlier Moths from the 1940's and 1950's. 
For more information contact Andrew Chapman on 0438 567 412 
    Follow the ICWD Regatta on Facebook: 
  A short video about the Inverloch CWD Regatta 2018
  A short video about the 90th anniversary celebrations of the Moth at Inverloch 2018
Port Phillip 12




THE LOST CLASSES



There are some classes that were once popular in Victoria but have long since disappeared:  Williamstown Punts, Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoes, Vee Esses, Port Phillip 12s, Elwood Sea Horses, St. Kilda 8 Footers, Gwen 20s, Idle-Alongs and Sandridge Sharpies. Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoes are still sailing at the Brighton & Seacliff YC in South Australia and the Wooden Boat Association has what is thought to be the last remaing Port Phillip 12. Recently we've aquired the hull of a Sandridge Sharpie. It is in very poor condition but, as far as we know, the only one still existing. 
If you have a boat from one of these classes or you know where one exists, or old photos or information please contact us. 
Payne-Mortlock Canoes
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Some Photos of Classic Dinghies Sailing at the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta 

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