DCYC Easter Regatta


Easter is a traditional family time and more often than not, there is a sailing regatta on somewhere. Accommodating both family and sailing is often a challenge but when you’re Commodore of your own club based in your backyard, attracting entrants does not seem to be an issue.

DCYC1This Easter saw the inaugural Dora Creek Yacht Club Easter Regatta. Some call it the Airlie Beach Race Week warm-up regatta/planning meeting or The Cowan Family Weekend. Which ever way you look at it, the weekend involved sailing, refreshments, food and family. There where trophies and a white board (to keep score). Commodore Bob was re-elected, unopposed, for another term. Continue Reading →


Thompson 7 – “B2″

B2Tim Smith in Melbourne has just listed his immaculate Thompson 7 For Sale. Get in quick. Niceeeee boat. 
Thompson 7  Sail number # 7021
Launched 2009
New set of Ullman sails as seen in photos 1 regatta old.
2x mains
3x no1 headsails
1x no3 headsails
Trailer in great condition
Very well set up boat in great condition.
Festival of Sails 2014Contact : Tim Smith
email  - tim@taselectricalservices.com.au
Call –  0414 265 027





Serious matter with a not so Serious Name

Someone, in their wisdom, decided that the “sportsmanship” rule in our sport should be called Rule 69. Similar I suppose to Mitsubishi naming a car Pajero and not checking  the Spanish meaning for the word. IMG_0591

It is a serious matter and one which should not be taken lightly by any in the boat park. What you consider acceptable, others may not. Yachting Australia have now published a Policy Document on the matter which basically outlines the process and consequences.

It’s not a place anyone wants to go but there have been a few cases in recent years where Sporties have considered referring a matter on Rule 69. 

Have a read and let’s keep the 69er’s where they belong.  Continue Reading →


Boss Hog

“Play up! play up! and play the game!” – Henry Newbolt

2014 Bos Hogg Winner - Mister Magoo (Jason Ruckert)

2014 Bos Hogg Winner – Mister Magoo (Jason Ruckert) with the original Boss Hog, Don Algie

Everyone loves a winner!

Gold Medals, AC and World Ranking is what our sport and yachting authorities strive to win. Great stuff. Great sailors. Magic boats (a few exceptions of course). We all love it. Right? Continue Reading →


Stuff It! Let’s build our own Sports Boat – build updates.

There is always a bit happening around the traps with builds and rebirths – along with sales/purchases, they are a sign of an active fleet. 

We’ve covered a few and updated the owners progress as they get closer to launch day. Seen one launch day so far (Scott in Tassie) and there will be a few more in the coming months.
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A good “Stuff It!” story is hard to beat so please send us your build or rebirth story – how is your machine going to change the world? (even if it’s just your world). In keeping with our premise of supporting those that support our habit, our Build Stories will be brought to you by our long term supporters Production Shaw 650 and Evolution Sails Gold Coast. Continue Reading →


ASBA North Sails FAST! – Session 1

The first session of the FAST! program was conducted in Brisbane on Saturday the 29th of March.

Alan & Mark discuss the rig on the VX One.

Alan & Mark discuss the rig on the VX One.

As with all things new, it will take some time to bed the process down and develop how we can get the most out of this program for the fleet. The main purpose of FAST! was to assist and lift the fleet. It’s going to be different things to different people and this was evident at the first session on the weekend.  Continue Reading →


Stuff it! Lets build our own Sports Boat? – ‘I’ve got blisters on my fingers’

Do Kiwi Sports Boats go quick, have great stereo’s and large built in “chilli Bins”? 

They are all this and some. This build is presently underway in NZ and to a Paul Bieker Design (Seattle based US Naval Architect). The owner/builder is Phil Jameson who does a bit of sailing here and there (bow/boat captain on Artemis Racing to name just one).  Continue Reading →


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