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Vee Ess
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Sandridge Sharpie
Payne-Mortlock Canoe
Port Phillip12







The first 8 footers started sailing at the newly formed Albert Park Boys Dinghy Club in 1911. In 1929 a fleet of 8 footers was transported from Albert Park to 
Ballaarat YC for a Christmas holiday weekend regatta. The winning boat was "Swastika." The photos below were taken during the event on Lake Wendouree.

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The St Kilda 8 footer was designed in the 1940's as a training boat for the 14 footers sailing at the St Kilda 14 Foot Sailing Club. They had a planked hull and a single sail of 70 sq. feet on a 17 foot mast. The class and the 14 footer club have long since disappeared. In 1963 the club house was badly damaged in a storm. The building was demolished and the club was amalgamated with the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. 
There is not much information available on the 8 footers. If you know of the existence of one, or have any information or photos, please contact us. 
Click on the link for a description of building and sailing the St. Kilda 8 footer.


The first Vee Ess
  "Clipper"   1937 
The Vaucluse Senior, or Vee Ess was designed in 1936 by Charles Sparrow and Sil Rohu, the designers of the Vee Jay. The photo on the left is of Vee Ess number 1 "Clipper" launched in May 1937.
Vee Esses were very popular in Victoria and were sailed at many clubs from the late 1930's until the late 1950's when it died out in Victoria.
The Vee Ess was redesigned and modernised in the late 1960's
(see March 1970 Seacraft cover, right).
Vee Esses have again been modernised and are still racing at several clubs in NSW.
Visit the class website for photos of the latest Vee Esses:
We would love to have any classic Vee Esses join us at one or all of our events. 
"Panari" 1959/60
Austalian Champion
"Contact" 1965/66
Australian Champion
     Firefly" 1962/63
Australian Champion


The Elwood Seahorse class was established in 1934 and was soon sailing at many clubs around Port Phillip Bay. It was an 18ft long canoe-sterned boat with a sail area of 135sq feet and a crew of 3  or 4.  It had all but disappeared by the early 1960's. There is a restored Elwood Seahorse hull on display at the Elwood Sailing Club (photo below left).
If anyone has an Elwood Seahorse or knows of the existence of one, or has any photos of one, please contact us and the Elwood Sailing Club.
Click on this link for a comprehensive history of the Elwood Seahorse and more photos.
Click on the link for the Elwood Sailing Club history of the club and the Elwood Seahorse and more photos. 
Click here for recollections and photos of Elwood Seahorses and the ESC in the 1940's & 1950's by Ron Dovey.
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"Aquila II" beautifully restored and on display at Elwood YC


The Sandridge Sharpie, a hard-chine 12 foot plywood boat,  first appeared at Port Melbourne YC in the 1940's. It was sailed by a crew of three and was rightable after a capsize.
By 1947 there were more than 20 boats in the club fleet and there was also a fleet sailing at Wiliamstown SC.
In February 1948 three Sandridge Sharpies were flown to Tasmania to compete in the Royal Hobart Regatta in order to promote the class.
The boats attracted the attention of sailors from Sandy Bay. It was decided that a dinghy club for teenage boys and girls would be formed and a fleet of Sandridge Sharpies was built. The club became the Sandy Bay Sailing Club, which is still going strong today.
In 1955 a new class, the Port Phillip 12, was designed and launched at Port Melbourne YC and it replaced the Sandridge Sharpie fleets in Victoria. 
(The photos were taken in 1948 at Sandy Bay.)   


The Payne-Mortlock Sailing Canoe was designed by Alan Payne (who is better known as the designer of Gretel 1 and Gretel 2) and Bryce Mortlock in the late 1940's. It was first sailed at Hobsons Bay YC and quickly became popular at various Victorian clubs and interstate. It died out in the early 1960's everywhere except at the Brighton & Seacliff YC in South Australia where it is still sailed.
We would love to have a Payne-Mortlock Canoe sailing at the Inverloch CWDR or any of our other events. If you know of the existence of one or you have any information about the Payne-Mortlock, please contact us.
Click on this link for the Brighton & Seacliff YC Payne-Mortlock page.
Click on this link for the Wikipedia page on the Payne-Mortlock.
Click on these  links for some scratchy videos of Payne-Mortlock Canoes and other classes sailing at the opening day of the Brighton & Seacliff YC circa 1960.
Payne-Mortlock Canoe "Quest" sailing at Brighton & Seacliff YC


The Port Phillip12 was designed by Ron Young in 1955. It was sailed at a number of clubs at the northern end of Port Plillip Bay, particularly Port Melbourne Yacht Club and Williamstown Sailing Club, in the 1950s until the mid 1960s.
It was similar to a Gwen12 except that it had a pressure veneer moulded round-bilge hull. It originally had a sail area of 140 sq. feet but this was later reduced to 125 sq. feet and a 120 sq. foot spinnaker. A junior rig of 97 sq. feet was designed in 1959 for the standard PP12 hull and spars but without the bowsprit. It was called the Port Phillip12 Graduate.
If you know of the existence of a Port Phillip12 other than the one owned by the Wooden Boat Association, or if you have photos or information about the class, please contact us.
The Wooden Boat Association of Victoria has possibly the only PP12 remaining. Click on the link to find out more