We had a fantastic weekend on the Gippsland Lakes at the 70th celebrations of the H28.
Here is the first picture: Sunday 14th - 5 H28's and an H23 (Prudence) rafted up at Picnic Arm for lunch. The H28's were Janessa, Sandpiper, Thetis, Shadowfax and Spellbound III. Earlier in the day we were joined by Marloo.
The 70th Anniversary for the H28's Melbourne celebration consisted of a regatta at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria with the Classic Yacht Association of Australia, Bar B Q on the Saturday after the race and then a delicious greek dinner at Remvi on Saturday night.
Regretably the Sailmaster trophy could not be presented to Rod Fuller and Shamrock on Saturday night as it was still "under guard" at Hobson's Bay Yacht Club.
Despite all efforts by the crew of Doug McLean's Ellen Lewis who received line honours to locate the handicapper he could not be found.
The day was sunny with light and variable winds at the start. David Le Roi on board the start boat was heard to comment that there would be no likelihood of an H28 recall at the start, such was the reticence of skippers to soldier down the line.
Picking the shifts was tricky on the first leg which was a beat to 71 on starboard. Thence off to RMYS F further down the channel. It was during this leg that depite Shamrock's attempts to fight off Ellen Lewis that they were convincingly passed as the breeze lifted to the occassional 10 knots.
Ellen Lewis received the gun at RMYS F as the course was shortened. Shamrock, confused by the meaning of code flag "S", raced to the RYCV marina whilst Ellen Lewis relaxed and showed new H28 member Dean Wilson the advantages of the mizzen staysail.
When all boats returned to RYCV members enjoyed a BBQ followed by a snooze followed by a greek feast, with some non sailing members joining us. All in all a great way to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the publishing of the Herreshoff H28 plans in Rudder Magazine and the building of the world's first H28 in Brighton Victoria - Marloo.