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THE Inverloch Classic Wooden Din-
ghy Regatta will be bigger and better
than ever this year principally be-
cause it will be the 90th anniversary
of the Moth class yacht.
It all started back in 1928, at the
initiative of Len Morris and thanks to
his foresight in having an open-ended
set of rules for what constituted a
Moth, all sorts of developments have
occurred over the years, right up to
an including hydrofoils of the type
used in the America’s Cup yachts.
“As part of the festival this year we’ll
have a display of Moths including the
developments in technology that have
had a profound impact on sailing,”
according to one of the organisers,
“We look like having over 60 wood-
en boats entered on the weekend.”
It should make good viewing.
All that remains is for classic
wooden dinghy owners everywhere to
download their entry form and send
it in to be part of the draw for early
bird prizes. We hope to be welcoming
many new acquaintances along with
all of our previous visitors for anoth-
er terrific weekend.
The celebrations for the 90th anni-
versary of the Moth have entailed some
additions to the weekend’s program
including the Cavalcade of Moths and
a race just for the modern Moth class.
Of course there is plenty of sailing for
everyone with a social sail, invitation
race and the Regatta race. All we need
is to put in our order for nice weather
and we will be just about ready to go.
Following its success at the last
Regatta, the static display in the bas-
ketball stadium is now an integral
part of our event. The Inverloch and
District Lions Club have magnani-
mously taken on its management for
next year. You can expect to see model
boats and planes as well as historical
displays including Len Morris’ origi-
nal creation “Olive” which is kindly
on loan from Albert Park Yacht Club.
The Inverloch Bowling Club has
provided an excellent venue for the
Regatta dinner over the past few years
but due to a combination of circum-
stances we are making the move to
the spacious and scenic environs of
the Cape Paterson Room at the RACV
Inverloch Resort. Along with our other
generous sponsors, RACV continue
to be a great supporter of the Regatta
and we are looking forward to this
new development in our partnership.
Each year new sponsors come on
board, and along with our longstand-
ing business partners like Alex Scott
and Staff and RACV Resort Inverloch,
they help us build the Regatta.
Our community partners; Inverloch
and District Lions Club, Inverloch
Rotary Club, Inverloch Historical So-
ciety and Wooden Boat Association
play a big role in the planning and
running of the Regatta and we are
very grateful for their assistance.
The Inverloch Classic Wooden Din-
ghy Regatta will be held across the
Australia Day Long Weekend from
Friday, January 26 to Sunday, Janu-
ary 28. This is the premier event in
Australia for classic wooden dinghies
celebrating the International Moth.
The South Gippsland Yacht Club
Committee and the Regatta subcom-
mittee have been working hard to put
together a sailing event for all the family.
Race and dinghy display
• Friday, January 26. Late registra-
tion from 9am onwards. Briefing 11am
[wooden dinghies and modern Moths].
Social Sail 11.30am [wooden dinghies
and modern Moths]. Picnic Lunch/BBQ
Point Smyth 12 noon [wooden dinghies
and modern Moths]. Briefing 2pm. In-
vitation Race 2.30pm [wooden dinghies
and modern Moths two starts].
• Saturday, January 27. Beach dis-
play of boats 9.30am onwards. Brief-
ing 10am Cavalcade of Moths Race.
10.30am [all Moths two starts]. Brief-
ing 2pm. Wooden Dinghy Regatta
Race 2.30pm [wooden dinghies].
• Sunday, January 28. Beach Dis-
play of Boats 9.30 am onwards.
Briefing 9.30am. Modern Moth Race
10am [modern Moths only]. Presen-
tations 11.30am. Classic Dinghy
Race 1.30pm [wooden dinghies].
A Social Sail and Races will be held
on the waters of Anderson Inlet, Inver-
loch. Boats will be displayed on the
beach in front of the clubhouse where
judging will take place. The courses to
be sailed will be a number of equal size
loops and marks will be set depending
on available water, current, wind direc-
tion and weather. The Race Officer will
make the final decision on the day.
All the awards including the Inverloch
and District Lions Club Perpetual trophy
for the Best Overall Boat, the ‘Peoples
Choice’ and the Inverloch Rotary Club
Youth Trophy for Best Junior Classic
Wooden Dinghy Sailor will be awarded
on Sunday the 28th at 11.30am.
For further information contact: Rob
McNair Commodore South Gippsland
Yacht Club and Secretary of the Regatta
Subcommittee email: rlmcnair@hot-
mail.com mobile: 0411 612 061, or Toby
Leppin Chairman of Regatta Subcom-
mittee of the SGYC, email: leppintl@big-
pond.com phone 0438 572 330.
INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club
has been full of activities in the past
weeks with the regular beach patrols
overseeing the safety of the influx of
visitors taking advantage of the per-
fect weather and surf conditions.
The Junior Nippers program
kicked off just after Christmas with
209 youngsters aged six to 13 years
of age gaining confidence in the water
with swimming and board sessions.
The oldest group of Nippers took to
the training room in the morning and
hit the books to learn the theory side to
gain their Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC).
The award provides participants
with the skills and knowledge of ba-
sic patrolling and surf awareness in
order to be able to participate in life-
saving operations and act in the role
of Water Safety Personnel.
Radio operations, first aid, resusci-
tation (CPR)and standard patrol prac-
tices were covered before the practical
skills of rescue techniques with board
and rescue tubes were undertaken.
“We look forward to these SRC
members joining us on the beach
where their learning will continue as
they work in the team environment of
the patrol,” chief instructor Katrina
It has been really exciting to have
a variety of training courses run
throughout the summer period giv-
ing opportunities to club members
to gain new knowledge and skill sets.
Inflatable rescue boat crews and
driver’s course, Advanced Resuscita-
tion course and Spinal Management
course have all been popular.
“This knowledge strengthens our
core patrolling skills but can also be
used in a member’s day to day life
when first aid situations arise.
“We have an enthusiastic and dedi-
cated team of trainers at the Club and
it has been rewarding to see them en-
gage the members as they educate
them in the various specialties,” Ka-
“Life Saving Victoria is seeking ex-
pressions of interest for a new Open
Water Grey Medallion Program to
be delivered at Inverloch SLSC with
five weekend sessions running in
“The program will ideally suit peo-
ple 55 years plus who recreate in and
around open water environments,
whether you have recently moved to
a coastal area, grandparents looking
after young children, current or pre-
vious members who may have previ-
ously held the Bronze Medallion but
have had limited exposure of experi-
ence in recent times and wish to en-
hance their current knowledge, skills
“The cost of the program is $150
with details available at the club or by
phoning David Potter at Life Saving
Victoria on 9676 6948.”
Nippers learning new skills
A Spinal course was run on Saturday at Inverloch. Trainer Tarryn
Thom supervises candidates as they practice their spinal board carries.
Surf Rescue Certificate candidates after receiving their patrol uniforms
with trainer Lucy Tate.
Moths fly in for classic Inverloch regatta
Matt Kylie manages to stay clear of a power boat on a busy Anderson
Inlet last Sunday, sailing an Impulse with passenger Arlia. M460418
South Gippsland Yacht Club member Toby
Leppin sails one of the club’s NS yachts,
with Michael crewing, during a practice day
for the club last Sunday. m450418
Sailing two Impulses in the day’s racing at the South Gippsland
Yacht Club last Sunday were Wayne Smith and Rob McNair. M470418
The scene at Inverloch this coming weekend should look pretty much
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