2018: Now in its 5th year, the SOUTH GIPPSLAND YACHT CLUB INVERLOCH, with the assistance of local service clubs, community groups and our sponsors, is running the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta over the Australia Day long weekend. The purpose of the regatta is to display to the public the variety of timber dinghies that were once common along Victorian beaches but are now quite rare.
Classic Wooden Boats
The Inverloch Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta focuses on timber racing dinghies of the era of around, but not limited to 1940-
The Moth, which is now sailed around the world, is of special interest because the Moth class originated in Inverloch. Len Morris built the first boat and it is on display in a yacht club at Albert Park Lake.
Wooden Dinghies we are encouraging to participate include:
Moth, Vee Jay, Cherub, Heron, Mirror, Javelin, Sabot, 125, Canoe, Skate, Minnow, Flying Ant, Light Weight Sharpie, 12 Sq Metre, 14 foot skiff, Fireball, FJ, Flying Dutchman, Lazy E, Finn, O.K., Cadet, Fairy Penguin, GP 14, Gwen 12, Minnow, Many Junior, Miracle, NS14, Rainbow, Sabre, Sailfish, Solo, Elwood Seahorse, Port Phillip 12, Sailfish.
Over the last few years many of these classes have either sailed and/or exhibited at the Regatta and the event continues to grow from strength to strength. Some of these boats may be in their original condition, others may be restored and some may be new built to original plans and designs.
Other Wooden Boats
There are also a number of other wooden boats of historical interest that we hope will participate, such as:
- Fishing boats such as the Couta sailing boat-clinker or planked.
- General purpose or recreational sailing boats built in the classic style.
We have in past events been lucky enough to have the services of a classic wooden power boat to act as a race start boat.
Additional activities and attractions with a historical link to Inverloch typically complete the weekend’s program, making it a great way to spend Australia Day on and around Classic boats on magnificent Andersons Inlet.
The ICWDR would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors –