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Largs Bay Sailing Club
Australia Day Regatta
"The Red Ensign Trophy"
Presented to the winner of the Australia Day Regatta conducted at LBSC
This annual regatta is open to sailors from all clubs and classes.
The Australia Day Regatta is sponsored by Flinders Ports.
|Year||Winner - Skipper & Crew||Class of Boat||Sail Num.||Boat Name||Club|
|2018||Regatta abandoned due to light winds||N/A||-||-||-|
& Jack Fletcher
& Matthew Neale
& Grant Edwards
|Cherub Class||3148||Cunning Ling.||LBSC|
||Rob Gayle||Sabre Class||1389||Piccolo||BSYC|
||Mark Soulsby||Sabre Class||1856||Therapeutic||ASC|
& Matthew Neale
|International Fireball||14811||Mini Mee||LBSC|
|New Trophy - January 2012|
Australian Red Ensign
Why does Largs Bay Sailing Club fly the Red Ensign
The Australian Red Ensign arose from the 1901 Commonwealth Government Federal Flag Design Competition. From 1901 to 1954 the red ensign was used by state governments, private organisations and individuals.
The Flags Act 1953 lifted the restrictions on use of the Blue Ensign, which then became the Australian National flag used for official and other events.
The Shipping Registration Act of 1981 confirmed that the Red Ensign was the proper "colours" for Australian registered ships and that private boats could fly either the Red Ensign or the Australian National Flag. After that time flying of the red ensign became a rarity on land.
Largs Bay Sailing Club had flown the Red Ensign since the club's foundation in 1926-1927 and therefore the club officers decided to continue as a tradition to use the Red Ensign as the club's official Australian flag.