The scene at Inverloch this coming weekend should look pretty much like this.

Sailing two Impulses in the day’s racing at the South Gippsland Yacht Club last Sunday were Wayne Smith and Rob McNair. M470418

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

THE Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta will be bigger and better than ever this year principally because 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, Andrew Chapman.
“We look like having over 60 wooden 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 another terrific weekend.
The celebrations for the 90th anniversary 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 basketball stadium is now an integral part of our event. The Inverloch and District Lions Club have magnanimously taken on its management for next year. You can expect to see model boats and planes as well as historical displays including Len Morris’ original 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 circumstances 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 longstanding 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 Society 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 Dinghy Regatta will be held across the Australia Day Long Weekend from Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 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 subcommittee have been working hard to put together a sailing event for all the family.
Race and dinghy display schedule
• Friday, January 26. Late registration 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. Invitation Race 2.30pm [wooden dinghies and modern Moths two starts].
• Saturday, January 27. Beach display of boats 9.30am onwards. Briefing 10am Cavalcade of Moths Race. 10.30am [all Moths two starts]. Briefing 2pm. Wooden Dinghy Regatta Race 2.30pm [wooden dinghies].
• Sunday, January 28. Beach Display of Boats 9.30 am onwards. Briefing 9.30am. Modern Moth Race 10am [modern Moths only]. Presentations 11.30am. Classic Dinghy Race 1.30pm [wooden dinghies].
A Social Sail and Races will be held on the waters of Anderson Inlet, Inverloch. 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 direction 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: mobile: 0411 612 061, or Toby Leppin Chairman of Regatta Subcommittee of the SGYC, email: phone 0438 572 330.