A Brief History by Philip Roe

A Brief History of Local Sailing

A brief History of sailing in Port Lincoln and the Port Lincoln Yacht Club complied by club Historian Philip Roe, Past Rear Commodore, Club Moth Champion and Honorary Life Member, President of the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, (Custodians of the Port Lincoln Yacht Club history). The following information is "as told" to him by Jack Randall, Fred Ives, Alwyn Scruby, Brian Verco, Chook Wiseman, Darcy Harvey, Mrs Morton, Dean Palm and many others.

Philip apologises for any inaccuracies and will correct any mistakes if advised. This history is being progressively developed - more information is required. CD's & photos etc can be obtained from the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum. Updated 2001.

Since the first Europeans ventured to the waters of Port Lincoln and Spencer’s Gulf Port Lincoln the sea and sailing has always been part of Port Lincoln’s way of life.
Local aboriginal tribes did not have boats or venture on to the water. They fished from the shores.
In 1802 Captain Matthew Flinders in the Investigator was first to discover and chart the waters, followed by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin. They had found Boston Bay (Baudin named the bay, Champagne Bay.) It is regarded as the third largest natural harbour in the world with a volume of water estimated at five times that of Sydney harbour. A magnificent and safe harbour for boats with lots of nearby islands to cruise and the exciting huge seas of the southern ocean to the south on the way from Lincoln to the rugged north coast of Kangaroo Island.

Flinders tragedy. Losing a number of his crew in the area is still very real today with the naming of many islands Thistle, Taylors, Williams, etc after his lost crew and his home town area and Memory Cove. Now  a national park where the event happened while the crew were searching for water.

The first European  settlers arrived in the 80 ft  "Abeoana" with Captain Hawson  and his family and others on March the 19th 1839. Landing at Happy Valley  near the present  location of the now Axel Stenross’s Maritime Museum (Axel became a foundation member of the PLYC in 1931 as will be recorded later.)  There were no roads, cars or planes those days. The only easy way get to Lincoln was by boat or walk.

The area soon became a popular commercial oyster & scale fishing location and is still the case today. Early fishermen formed the basis of competitive sailing. Yachting began in Lincoln in the  1800’s. With regattas recorded here in the “Adelaide Register” as early as February 29th 1840
In the late 1800’s the Port Lincoln Sailing Club was formed. It's pennant was blue and white. The Town also had a separate Regatta committee to run beach events rowing regattas, sailing and other early settler activities.

The Adelaide Observer reported  on Jan 17th 1885 that a settling night was held at the Pier hotel when prizes of the recent  Regatta were awarded. Mr Bill Haigh won a cup and eleven guineas in the Albatross as first prize in the main sailing event, and Mr Tom Tait in the "Canowie" won the second prize of eight guineas. "Canowie" (pictured below) of around 60 feet won the regatta previously in 1883.


There are more details in the book “ Yachting in Australia” written by frequent visitor to Port Lincoln Sir Henry Bundy QC in 1888. Former SA Royal Yacht Squadron Commodore, and friend of the famous Randall yachting family of Port Adelaide & Lincoln.

Sir Henry Bundy also wrote a yachting book (“A Fashionable Holiday”) around 1899, featuring Port Lincoln and Kangaroo island and many local people.

Around 1915 The ANZAC and Galipolli time the Second World War saw many of our sailors leave for active service overseas.
The Port Lincoln sailing club never recovered from this.  


The Port Lincoln Sailing Regatta Club

In 1919 struggling for members the sailing club combined with the Regatta Club to try and keep sailing alive. Called "The Port Lincoln Sailing and Regatta Club".

Still struggling, the club was disbanded in the 1920’s and there was no sailing club in Port Lincoln.
Population of the town then would have been around 2,500 people.

Sailing stalwart Jack Randall of the Randall sailing family was a young member of the Port Lincoln Sailing club. He went on to become a foundation member of the new PLYC, a champion sailor and seaman held most club positions, including commodore many times, built yachts and was always prepared to work on committees until he died. He with his wife Betty helped link the past with the future and set many traditions which guided the club in the right direction until the late 1990’s. One of the many reasons the Port Lincoln Club has been so successful in the past.


Pictured above:- The "Nautilus"
On 9th October 1931 as things settled down after the war a meeting of those interested in forming a sailing club was called in the Civic War Memorial supper room to consider forming a new sailing club. The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron was represented by Frank Verco in his 50ft yacht the Nautilus. It often cruised the waters and participated in the regattas. (Later to be involved with his son, Brian in  developing The Outer Harbour to Port Lincoln Yacht race now the  Adelaide Lincoln Race.)



Club officially formed 

The Foundation Committee - 1931
Back row L-R:- F.W. Ives, G.W. Hurrell, K. Midvick (Snow), J. T. Mortlock (Patron), A.A. Stenross, M.G. Henderson.
Front L-R:- Jim Eglington, Bob Medwell (Commodore), Allan Payze (Secretary), Byron Johnson.

On October 23 1931 the club was officially formed.  First Committee was Commodore F. Medwell. Secretary, Alan Payze, Vice Commodore Jack Green. Rear Commodore Axel Stenross, Assistant Secretary, Byron Johnson. Treasurer, Jim Eglington and a committee of six.

The new club  was named  "The Port Lincoln Yachting Club" to cater for vessels now using motors as well as sail and was  supported by  members of the old sailing club.

The clubs well known and wise object no 1 was born and became part of the Club Rules. "To Foster a love of the sea, the education of members into the art of sailing, and the promotion of the best interests of yachting."

The first race was held on Nov 5th 1931. It was an all boats event  3 times around over eight miles. Fishing boats and 14 footers were sailed in the club then Mrs Follett offered her Port Lincoln Hotel back room as the clubrooms and the members accepted the offer at a general meeting. (50 years later past Commodores, life members and their families toasted the foundation members at a special dinner held in the back dining room of the Port Lincoln Hotel.)  

In 1937 the first  junior sailing dinghy was introduced by Fred Ives and his team called the "Lincoln" class. The club was beginning to slow down as boat owners moved away, usually to Adelaide .

The second, world war was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the club went into recess just after 1940.

The Rebirth of the Port Lincoln Yacht Club

In 1948 a young Roy King from Glenelg Sailing Club waltzed into Port Lincoln with his wife to run the Flinders Guest House in Liverpool Street. He asked why there was no sailing in the wonderful Boston Bay. He was sent to meet foundation member, sailing legend and local photographer Jack Randall . He was told he would be in his other office. (The front bar of the Lincoln Hotel.)

A public meeting on December the 8th decided to reopen the club  and put it back in business. With help from others including, Norm Trudgeon, Fred Ives, Alan Payze, Byron Johnson, Perc Puckridge, George Mayne, Brian Verco they reformed the yacht club which was in recess. There was still no Clubhouse then.  

The new 12 Square Metre centreboarder later to be known as the "Heavy weight sharpie" was being introduced around Australia and Roy King and Jack and others encouraged its introduction here amidst some opposition from some members who had previously sailed 14 footers here before the war.

It is believed that the first Sharpie in Lincoln was the "Hielan Lassie" built around the end of the 1930’s by Port Lincoln Yacht Club member and well known boat builder Jack McFarlane.  Jack and his father owned the slip before Axel Stenross and lived there in a tent while the slip was being built. Well known in Port Lincoln yacht club circles Jack's boats included: "Thistle"; "Celtic"; "Highlander"; the "Queen of Scotts" and the "Hielan Lassie".

A young Alwyn Scruby also now a well-known yacht club member helped build this new yacht in the boat shed just behind where the slip winch is today. It was built with strips of spruce approximately 6 inches wide because they didn’t have plywood at that time. Alwyn helped build the mast which was also spruce.

The plans had come from Germany and were a bit of a problem because they were in metric measurements and Australia’s measurements were in feet and inches. Jack had a major problem purchasing a metric ruler.  

The boat was called the “Hielan Lassie” and people laughed at it, until its first race at the Port Lincoln Yacht club picnic at Dutton Bay where it cleaned up every boat in sight and continued to from then on in good sharpie tradition winning many trophies including the 1937/38 Championship.  

Pictured below:- "Westwind"






                                                                                                                                        Pictured left:- "Pavana"


The beginning of the local Sharpie fleet was born and the beginning of modern boats & rigs began to emerge with their many changes over the decades.  

The Reformed Port Lincoln Yacht Club’s first organised racing began on new years day 1949. The smaller boats included "West Wind" (Roy King), "Miss Lincoln" (Norm Trudgeon) and "Scamp" (Jack Randall).

Larger craft were "Fifenella" ( Brian Verco), "Jean" (Charlie Lebrun) and the fishing cutters "Nancy" (L.Tarry.Barry), "Safari" ("Turk" Sawyer) & "Ellen" ( C. Barwick).

By March 1949 the first Sharpies raced against each other. They were "Vandal" (Roy King), "Blue Star" (Jack Randall). By November 1949 two more sharpies had arrived. "Southerly Buster" (Mel Roberts & "Ajax" (Norm Trudgeon). An all boats race attracted 10 starters.

The First Adelaide to Lincoln Race - Outer Harbour to Port Lincoln

A red letter day was February 4th 1950 when the first Adelaide – Lincoln race saw seven starters. It was won by "Nerida" (Colin Hazelgrove).  

Trophies were the Verco trophy for first on Handicap. The Rundles Pier Hotel Trophy for fastest time and The Axel Stenross Trophy for the Sunday PM  race after presentation & BBQ.  

In the following week a visit of Adelaide sharpies saw a fleet of ten racing.
No records exist of boats & races from mid-1950’s until in the early 1957 season. It is feared they were lost in a clean-up. By then we had a fleet of 12 sharpies which grew to 19 by 1958.  

In the early 50’s Speed Boats were a very important class in the Port Lincoln Yacht club and through their major efforts of fund raising in the 50’s and the donation of the land by Mr & Mrs Harold Charlton saw the new club house built & used for the first time for the 1953/54 Annual General Meeting.  

The 1957 ocean race saw 8 starters with "Tahuna",  RSAYS (Henry Wilkins) fastest & "Jean" PLYC (Charlie Lebrun) Handicap winner. The first Port Lincoln boat to win.

The 505 :  The new Senior Centreboard class

The newly adopted 505 centreboard class raced for the first time in November 1958. Boats were "Polly" (Ron Barker), "Tuffy" (Frank Harby) and "Pacific Gull" (Ross Edwards). There was plenty of class rivalry for this new class from the sharpies.

The 1959 Adelaide - Lincoln race saw 9 starters but only four boats battled a westerly gale to finish.
The 505 class grew to 5 boats by November 1959. One being "Cairo" (John Hood). Geoff & Trevor Schramm also had some great 505 races sailing very competitively against world famous skipper Paul Elvstrom in Adelaide. The Henderson Boys joined the 505 fleet.


 Lincoln 505 Sailors all set to travel to the Nationals 

Left to right: Bruce Hood, Max Bennie, Ron Barker, Ross Edwards, Dennis Davison & John Hood


The Introduction of the Lightweight Sharpie - The end of the heavyweight

During the preceding winter the lightweight sharpie  was introduced. Some owners opted to build new hulls and keep the old rig. This kept the combined fleet stable until the sharpie association re designed the rig.

This saw the end of the heavyweight Sharpie and by the start of the 1960/61 season only four raced. The replacement by LW’s slowed because of the cost of the new rig. At the same time only 9 light weights were racing 505’s had also reached their peak with 5 boats. Another factor was that several older skippers found both classes too exacting to sail. Some gave up sailing others went to ocean going A class keel boats setting a build your own boat craze. This eventually put the club back together with an active "A" class fleet. Meanwhile the trainer fleet was re-organised and from March 1961 "Byron J" (Paul Johnson), "Seagull" ( Graham Johnson), "Idler"(Barry Brady) & "Swift" (Geoff "Megga" Bascombe) were regular starters.  

At this point of time keel boat racing was non-existent with other classes down in numbers the crest of the wave had broken. At the end of the 1961 sailing season the club championship saw winners in the classes being as follows. Light weight sharpies Caprice (John & Rob Hopping) International 505 "Cairo" (John Hood). Class numbers had dropped to six Light weight Sharpies & 5  x 505’s.  

The 1961  Adelaide Lincoln race attracted 11 Starters. "Pavana", George Mayne PLYC was line honours winner.  Some of the many people involved during this time were. L "Chook" Wiseman, Spog Curnow, Darc Harvey, Rolly Johnson, Reg Barker, John Swann, Pep & Dion Manthorpe, Brian Anthony, Peter Warrington, Byron Johnson (Long serving handicapper) Reg Aveling, Charlie Lebrun, Stan Morgan, Roy Carlson, Brian & Phil Hurrell, Bill Offler, Bruce Smallacombe, Norm Wicks, John Justin, Phil Bascombe, Brian Bain, Ron Barker, Snoss Wiseman, Dennis Davison, Max Bennie, Michael & Robert Egerton, John & Robert Hopping, Max Simms, Alf Goodwin, M. Fallon, Noel Carr, Dean Cook, Bill Robb, P McCuspiem, John & G Williams, Edna Aveling, Enid Brooks, George Richardson, Sid Watherston, E Hocking ,Norm Trudgeon & Neil Trudgeon, David Bassham & others all ready mentioned and so the list goes on.  

Jack Randall having joined the ranks of build your own yacht members and realising the  505’s & lightweight were nor for him (Jack was a large man). Spent the next two years building  a 23 foot Rugged  class keel boat ”Alloway”. His efforts inspired Wilson Hissey and Brian Bain to build the 36 ft "Rufus L" and "Nyanda L" and Geoff Ives soon followed with "Rhythm", a sister ship. About this time  SA tractor rep Gavin Weston showed off the single handed centreboard class moth to members. Meanwhile John Swann & Dion Manthorpe had purchased "Shadow", Stan Morgan "Pelorus" and Pep Manthorpe with "Josephine" was getting ready to move on. So A class ocean racing was on its feet again.  

The club's lowest point in recent times.  

Around 1963/64 centre board racing at the club was at its lowest since reforming with only a few sharpies racing including "Rival" David Bassham, "Seasprite" John Easton, "Zero" John Hopping, "Eires" Rob Hopping and "Caprice"  Phil Roe. Club membership had dropped from a high of around 400 down to around 50. Finances were not going well.  

Sharpie legend John Lewis of "Kurura" fame was now sailing at Tumby. Their club was now larger than Lincoln and had a top sharpie fleet with Noel Carr and the Fauser  & Rogers boys among there competitors.  

A special meeting was called with the seal holder Past Commodore Frank Blacker present. Approximately seven committee members attended the meeting at the Tasman Hotel . The Tasman Hotel manager Mr Retallick was the PLYC house officer. Those present included David Bassham, Dean Cook , Robert Hopping and Phil Roe.  

Discussion took place regarding whether the club could survive or whether it should be closed or put in recess again.  

It was agreed to move forward and rejuvenate the club. Many changes happened from here on. The new generation moved in with the support of the older members.  

A successful new social marketing strategy to foster the love of the sea was implemented involving the whole town participating including football clubs and  horse racing club, etc.

There were many top juniors coming up like Geoff & Trevor Schramm, Ross Haldane, Daryl Freers, Dean palm etc. They were sailing rainbows. (This class is  now succeeded by the 125’s). People running the club that come to mind were  Frank  Schramm, Gilf Ettridge, Darc & Verley Harvey, Hink Harvey, The Mortons, Wilson Hissey, Marg Delderfield, Josie Waters,  John Watson, Garth Burgoyne, Barry Grimm, Howard McCallum, Roger Trevor, Don Brasher, Jack Offler, Brian & Margaret Bain, Rolly & Laurel  Johnson, Jack & Betty Randall Davis Bassham, Rob & John Hopping, John Easton, Andrew Renwick, Barry Roach, Geoff Ives, David Bassham, Peter Whait, Josie Waters, Lorraine Dawe, Ellen Turner and Max Bennie  to name a few.

Mr Retallick was transferred as manager of the Tasman and Phil Roe gained a lot of experience  as he automatically became  the House Officer & social director  for some time at around the age of 22 with a strong house committee behind him. David Basham around  year older soon became the club Commodore.  

On the sailing front the club had had a restrictive policy of only allowing Holdfast trainers, Rainbows, Sharpies and A class to race.

The Moth Class - Senior Centreboard Class

The sharpies at the time were finished Gunner  Boeck a great new motivator  had moved in to work for Blacker Motors from Cleve and was sailing moths at Arno bay He helped with other members to pressure negative opposition and  convinced the members  through the sailing committee to change the rules so that three boats constituted a class and could start in their own class race and five would attract trophies. 


Right:- Miss Australia attends Hawaiian Cabaret in PLYC boat shed. 

L-R:- Elizabeth Ettridge (first PLYC woman sailor to compete in National sailing), Miss PLYC Tunarama entrant Ann Renwick (Hamlyn) who went on to become Miss Tunarama with Miss Australia.



 They also changed the racing championship points  and handicap system allowing the new class of moths & herons to be introduced and grow.  

It worked and Gunner introduced the sharpie sailors and others to moths and some great years of exciting sailing. Members purchased around 19 in the first year for some great class and state racing. Liz Ettridge a champion sailor was the first female to represent the club at nationals. She sailed the moth "Elouise". The moth class gave Lincoln members a close connection to Arno bay and Largs bay sailing club. Early moth sailors included John Hopping in "Cirrius", Robert Hopping in "Snoopy", Dennis Davison in "Redwings", John Easton in "Velero" ,Phil Roe in "Chaos" & later "Chaotic", Robert Walker in "Tara", Graham Brett in "Ciaou", Tim Nelligan, Ian Phillips, Peter Aird, Scott Sawley and many others went through the class.

The Heron Class - A senior Centreboard class

A Major event  and probably the most significant for the club at the same time as the moths arrived  was the introduction of the heron. It became a major class. Gill & Fran Robertson "Cresta" with Harbour Master Ian Jeffries "Miraj" introduced a heron building program over at John Turners government slip way. While Ken Ladyman & Kieran Kelly had both had herons earlier for a few years this new fleet of over 40 became the largest in the state and began some great class racing introducing many new members to sailing moving into ocean and other class boats over time. This includes Puffa Powell, Ron Giadresco, Noel Welfare, Alan Smith, Reg Kemp, Stephen  Kemp John Turner in "Karamba", Philip Turner in "Conquest",  George Wiseman in "Mawaka", Michael Arbon in "Star Gaza" & "Long Legs". Craig McPhee who went on to be an Australian Champion in "Marama",  George Mayhew in "Mah-na-mah-na" &  "Adrea Pacifica", Wayne McNair  in "Ocker" (Wayne was a very active committee man inc club secretary for a number of years. Chris Nicholls, Doug Watson, Alf Goodwin in "Runaway", Greg Danzic in "Mantis" and many others. These sailors  gained experience from these classes  in the best of fleet class racing and went on to greater events. Ian Abbott in "Tsunami", an experienced heron sailor came to teach at the high  school from Adelaide and later was a great supporter of the high school sailing team.  

With the moths and herons introduced the new system was in.  It was normal to see 90 to a 100 boats sailing on the bay on a weekend. The courses were kept in the north shore area so family could participate by easily watching the races from the Lincoln Highway (North Road). Keeping the town involved. Most would come back to the club after the race finished. The quarterly social parties & floor shows in the boat shed downstairs are now a legend among the oldies. There is nothing like them these days.

The Port Lincoln Yacht club never looked back from this time. Over the years new classes have been added and members have enjoyed the club motto of "Fostering the love of the sea".  Like most things there are highs and lows. It is great to see the Sharpies are back in strength fifty years on. They have survived all the constant changes and are as always regarded as the Australian thoroughbred for excitement and thrilling sailing competition if you are young & fit enough. The Port Lincoln Yacht Club is proud of its Sharpie fleet and all classes. Past & Present.

The Junior Class - Holdfast Trainers

In the 1950’s at Glenelg and other Adelaide clubs members were looking for a good junior class. They liked the eastern states Sabot but it didn’t teach jib handling and only had one crew. So the Adelaide team developed the Holdfast trainer from the sabot . They added a jib and a bowsprit. Over the years it has developed into the sophisticated and arguably best training craft in Australia adding waterproof bulkheads and fibreglass and alloy spars. Port Lincoln with other SA  clubs adopted them as the  junior class. 

Some outstanding sailors have come through the Holdies Including  Mick in "Candy Dancer" & Neil Harvey in "Kurura Junior", Paul Johnson, Don Henson "Blue Wren", Liz Ettridge " Swift" ,Geoff "Megga" Bascombe "Seagull", Graham Johnson ,Barbara Tucker, Barry Brady "Idler", Diedre Turvey,"Thunderbird" sailed by David Lewis, "Trangie" Andy Blessing, "Flite" A Hardcourt, "Thunderbird 3" G.Swann & Steele Seeman & Paul Watson, "Avalon" Nathan Hood, Craig Matena,Troy Polden & C.Osman, "Black Widow" Sam Bassham, "Apollo" Tony Kay, "Circus" the fibreglass raffle boat, (Michael Kammerman, "Johnathon Livingston" Travis Henson & later Josh Roach & D Roach, "Cockatoo" Steven Kammerman, "Short Circuit" Shaun Woods, "Scraps" &" Offcut" Alex Haldane. Others included "Ghost buster",  "Another Chaos"  Anthony Roe, "Crazee" Stuart Roe, "Bubbles" Sally Abbott, "Candy Dancer"  Sam Abbott , "Microwave" Paul Sheppherd. Other sailors included the Wahpole kids, Nicky & Rachel Bice and many others.

The club developed sponsored club boats for those wishing to learn but not sure and with Holdie Live ins (weekend introductions to sailing where the parent came and learned too) and mother duck. A person responsible for helping coordinate all the new comers and parents. (Denise Manuel was the first Mother Duck)  Lincoln for a number of years had the largest fleet in SA over 40  sailing producing some of Australia’s top sailors.  

The class has had great support from families and grandparents and sponsors like Geoff Bishop and David  & Sandra Forbes & Scott & Margaret Stenson & Mike & Lesley Scarman, Rowans & Boat Supplies and others. Many people have worked with the kids over the years taking them to regattas, pick up duty etc. Ross & Carin Haldane took the first sailing team to Adelaide around 1974.  

: Darcy's boat which kids for decades have known. Darc Harvey over the years has gone beyond the call of duty is Life member and former sailor. His wife Verlie is also a life member. Their sons Neil & Mick went through the club to become world sailors. Sailing in most major events including America’s cup & Admirals cup regatta’s.  

The story of Chugga is a legend. The club decided to build a new pick up boat in 1959. When it was finished the committee decided it was to slow. So they raffled it off. Member Darcy Harvey won it and from that time he has used it voluntarily as the holdfast trainers club pick up boats. For many years now he has been the club holdies' start boat. Generations of sailors have enjoyed & appreciated Chugga & Darc and his crew. "Chugga" turned out to be a great pick up boat particularly during a northerly storm one year that swept the holdies in around the main shipping wharf.  


Start of Div I in 1970's. Darc Harvey's "Chugga" the start boat - (extreme right)

Talking of pick up boats. The Port Lincoln club has for many years had some of the best pick up boat facilities of any club in SA. This tradition has followed on from the speedboats that built the club. The club was called a yacht club not a sailing club so that it could incorporate power boats. There is a power officer on the committee and traditionally this person has been in charge of the  pick up boat fleet. There are no longer any organised power boat races.  

Safety has always come first in the club from junior training upwards. The club has implemented aircraft searches in supporting storms on the bay looking for holdies combined with pick up boats and the  keel boats . The goal has been not to leave anyone in the water for too long like Adelaide clubs do. The reason partly because while all of Australia has sharks Port Lincoln is the home of the great white pointer. While there is some frenzy in recent time about sharks. They are not new. Have always been in the bay and it is arguable that it may be safer now than some years ago. The Axel Stenross Maritime Museum has shark details in its display for those interested.  There is a lot more people and boats on the bay to see what is happening these days.  

Over the years many families have used their private boats as pick up boats and spectator boats followed their kids and the races. It’s nearly as good as watching Aussie Rules.  

In recent times fast new ocean going aluminium boats pick up boats (Similar to Abalone boats) have been added.  Dedicated (named) to life member club volunteers including “ The Darcy Lloyd Harvey", "The Jack Offler", "The Jack Randall" & "The Wilson Hissey" who were all great supporters of the club. 

Over the years Port Lincoln has had great support from yachting SA coaches for their live-ins and other intermediate training. It is one of the reasons the club has had such  strong junior fleets. They have learned the challenge of how to sail and are not scared. The essence of discovery, excitement  and achievement.. All the necessary qualities for future leadership.

The Rainbow - Intermediate Class

Great care was taken by the club to choose a good reasonably priced sailing dinghy which juniors and adults could move into on their way up to Sharpies or ocean going keelboats.  

The Rainbow class was successful for many years with early sailors like Ross Haldane, Dean Palm, & Trevor Ettridge.  Barry Dorward won the first championship in 1962 –63 others included Ross Provis  in "Black Magic", R. Whillas in "Piranah", Robin Hunt in "Odyssey", Anna Wahpole. Others to sale rainbows were the Schramms, George Mayhue in "Fast glass". Daryl Freers & his brother, the Goodes, Payzes, Ettridges, Forbes, Hensons, Kammerman’s and many more. 
Paul Watson sailing "Bullet Proof" was  State & Australian Champion in the 1982/83 and caused a bit of a stir  with state officials when some how the national rainbow banner ended up in the  Lincoln yacht club bar with him and his father former Rear Commodore John Watson. Grant Wiebrecht sailed "Stardust", Wade Henson had "Warrior". Sally Abbot sailed "Mustang Sally" to name a few.  

Many of Australia’s top sailors came out of Rainbows. Unfortunately the class slowly died around Australia due to new developments in class design and sailors changing attitudes.

The 125

The rainbow class was dying around Australia. Lincoln had one of the last fleets. One of the problems was rainbows had trouble fitting large people in them. The club had a huge crop of young sailors wanting to compete state-wide and nationally. Sailor Phil Roe’s kids were among them. He led a number of concerned parents to look at options. Analysing around 14 classes. The Australian 125 came out on top followed by the 420. The 303 class tried hard to move in but they were considered too short term, didn’t cover a wide enough age group which included adults and were too expensive with  no national competition.  

Former Lincoln sharpie sailor Bill Offler, (Commodore Jack’s son) introduced us to the 125 at the Ceduna Queen of the Gulf”. Low cost, safe, light and fast and with a mini sharpie feel. An ideal replacement for the rainbow with the next step up to sharpies. With the normal opposition introducing a new class and support from Olympic sailor and local coach Chris Pratt.  Phil purchased an old  125 from Lake Bonney club for his son Anthony and they  named it "Bigger Chaos". Anthony sailed it on club opening day 1987/88 season with his crew Andrew James and sold it that day to purchase State Champion boat  "Huzzah"  built by Frank Hackett of  Port Pirie. 

During the previous year Philip went to Adelaide and brought home up to five at a time for members to set the class up reaching around 19 boats in a short time creating great one class sailing. They were a great success helping lead the younger members into the first successful Australian school sailing team to defeat New Zealand in the Interdominion school teams racing series. Other early sailors in this class were Ben Kelsey in "Enticing", Mark Waller in "Bad Habits", Chris Puglissi in "Hot Dog", Kym Roach, Paul Shepperd, Susan Penfold in "1066", Craig Bascombe in "Slippery when wet", "The Navy Cadets" boat, ,David Sarin in "Shadow", etc. "Acheiver" Peter Henderson later in "Overdraft",  Christopher Jones in" Blitz Wagon", Trevor Schramm, George  Mayhue  in"One Eight",  "Green as Glass" Craig Bascombe, "Classic Blue" Simon Turvey, "Flat Emu" Chay Haldane, "Nautical Velocity" Dillon Clarke, "Brothers in Arms" Aron Matulich, "Slippery When Wet" Paul Buckland, "Huzzah" Mathew  Octoman, "The Beast"  Matthew Boyce & the Haldanes.

New generation Daniel Turner won the State & Junior National championships in 1999/2000. Dylan Clarke became the 2000/2001 State Champion and National Junior Champion.  

There were around 100 boats at a recent 125 national regatta in Port Lincoln which is a top class competition.

125 Adelaide Legend Don Barnett supported Lincoln with the introduction of 125’s in Lincoln. Philip became the Port Lincoln delegate on the state board and  a National delegate on three occasions in Brisbane, Melbourne & Adelaide representing the state. Ross Haldane has now taken over this job.

The Puffin Pacer by Epiglass & The introduction of school sailing

In the 1980’s the parents of many Port Lincoln Yacht kids who went to the Port Lincoln High school had put a lot of extra effort into training and sailing education. Large fleets of holdies and their parents went to  the Holdfast Trainer State championships in Adelaide and The Country Metropolitans. They also went to advanced sailing classes in Adelaide with the best coaches. The club and parents imported some top coaching from time to time with coaches  like Doug Humphries, Chris Tillet, Chris Sherman John Woollatt and later many others who will be added to this history.


The first recorded team of juniors going to Adelaide was in the 1970’s with Wayne Murphy, Barry Hendrickson, Ross Haldane  & Carin Degraffe (Haldane) as their coaches (pictured).

Soon schools began competing in the Coca Cola Cup Schools regatta on Westlakes. These were sailed in classes like Holdfast trainers, 420’s, Herons & windsurfers. The Lincoln kids who mainly had sailing parents became very good at competing and in 1990 the Port Lincoln High School / Yacht Club team beat Adelaide for the first time.

 Members included  David Murphy, Michael Kammerman, Travis Henson, Anthony Roe, Adam Kemp, Wade Henson , Steven Kammerman & Sam Abbott.


It was an exciting time. It encouraged many younger up and coming members to participate supported by their parents and stalwart club members like Darc Harvey & Bill Leech. 

At about this time the new sport of teams racing was being introduced to Australia in the form of the fibreglass Puffin Pace.  

Three boats versus three boats with not necessarily the fastest being the winner.  

The 1990 Port Lincoln team was chosen to represent South Australia in Queensland and missed out representing Australia on the last race by a very doubtful protest. The next year Port Lincoln won the right to represent Australia after a number of doubtful protests by Queensland which had been captured on video and Queensland were thrown out finally at around midnight. The night of the final race. Commodore  Hilton Trigg ,wife Liz and  families and members celebrated with lots of champagne. The Port Lincoln club led the change to put umpires on the water from then on. Putting sport back on to the water rather than in the legal protest room. It has had a great benefit to teams racing.  

The 1992 team (pictured) coached by Stephen Kemp went on to defeat New Zealand in Port Lincoln. The first time Australia had beaten NZ. The team was awarded the Port Lincoln Rotary/ Times sport Award of the year, and the Yachting South Australia yachtsmen of the year award. They were the Australian Champions.

It must be mentioned that high school teacher Gary Wahpole was a tower of strength to the early high school teams with teacher & parent  Ian Abbot, The high school Principal and the many parents and coaches Steve Kemp, David Magnuson, Andy Dyer, Don Henson. Rob Hopping, Stewie Kammerman, Wayne & Jill Murphy, Terry & Sonia Kemp, Grand Parents and many others who served teas, made scones etc. and worked tirelessly to support training of the kids



Pictured left:- Coca-Cola Interschool Sailing Regatta Westlakes - 1990.

Back L-R:-David Murphy, Michael Kammermann, Travis Henson, Anthony Roe, Adam Kemp.

Front L-R:- Wade Henson, Steve Kammermann, Sam Abbott.


The Port Lincoln Club represented Australia again and beat New Zealand in Port Lincoln a second time. Australia has never been able win in New Zealand.

In recent times St Joseph’s Port Lincoln School coached by Ross Haldane and others has  beaten the Port Lincoln High School which had dominated the scene for around ten years.

It must also be mentioned that Ross has worked tirelessly to help fund and bring the Pacers into Lincoln and South Australian sailing and in recent time and has been one of the reasons teams racing has spread to  most areas of South Australia. Something Lincoln should be proud of leading the way. Lincoln has dominated State team sailing for a decade. In recent times it has been St Joseph’s turn to take over in Lincoln.  

Coca-cola Inter-Schools Sailing Regatta Westlakes               



                                                                                                                                             Left:- South Australian / Australian Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Champions - 1992 

Rotary / Port Lincoln Times Sportsperson of the Year. 
Left - Right:- Steve Kemp (Coach), Adam Leech, Sam Abbott, Steve Kammermann, Alan Hopping, Nick Bice, Wade Henson, Stuart Roe, Tim Frears.



 Senior Centreboard class - The light weight Sharpies

The Sharpie class went into recess in the 1960’s.
Last Champions before the recess were John Lewis in "Kurura" in 59/60,62/63 & 63/64. Bill Offler in "Fury" 60/61 David Bassham in "Rival" 61/62, Rob Hopping in "Airies" 64/65,

In the late 80’s  LW Sharpies came back to the Lincoln club. They have always been strong around Australia. A new generation of sailors, in Lincoln now experience the thrill of this thoroughbred, and the bundy & coke like so many sailors before them. The new sharpie though is so hi-tech that those lucky enough to witness the first ones have been impressed with the advances in sailing technology and building materials. Lincoln sails a fleet of around ten boats locally that follow the states and national titles representing the club.

The Sharpies had a very successful national regatta in Lincoln in 2000 with around 100 starters. Some recent names , 84 / 85 "The Gong Show"  Miles Stephens, 85 /86 "Rhythm Stick" Bronte Flint, 1987 / 88  "One Cockoo Flew over the rest" Phil Kelly. "Fire & Ice"  Bronte Flint, "The Force" Phil Kelly. 90/91 "The Gong Show" Terry Carlson. 91/92 "Creatures of Liesure" Ken Nisbit. 94/95 "Out of the Blue" Anton Mann. 98/99 "INXS" Ben Kelsey,  "Mission from God" J & S Woods, "The Gong Show" Peter Reid, "Rat A Tat Tat" Anthony Tapley, "Thin Blue Line"  Stewart de La Perrelle. We are currently searching for sharpie records  to update.

Senior Centreboard Class - The Laser

The invention of the simple easy to use & maintain laser saw the complicated development moth class gradually fall away in Port Lincoln. The lasers had some highs and then some lows the same with sailors moving away some to Solings. Some great racing was had for a time and at low cost.  Ross Haldane was a driver of this class and had a number of successes including 4th in the worlds lasers. He and Schrammy had represented Australia in the Fireball worlds some years before. You should see their movies.  

Some names from the lasers 74/75 Slippery When Wet Ian Dillaway,76/77 Horizon, G.Thompson, Geoff Schramm A number of juniors had good competition in states and Nationals including Allan Hopping. Anthony Roe & Nick Bice  became Junior State Champions and sailed in the huge fleet of around 100 boats when the nationals were  held in Port Lincoln. More info required for this section.

The Senior Centreboard class - The Tasar
Tasars have been a popular two crew boat without a spinnaker for some time now.  They arrived as a class in Lincoln in the 95/96 Season. Andy Dyer won the first championship in Dire Straights Others have been Kym Clarke, Craig Bascombe in Euphoria and Phil Turner in Swat. Other sailors have been Mark Carr in Wrangler, M. Marshall in Tacit  Blue and Jane Forbes in HiTec Tomato.

Catamarans - Mosquito Cats
There has been a lot of good rivalry between the two hulled cats and the sharpie fleet. They both believe they are the fastest. They used to test each other out  annually in the Round the Boston Island Race which doesn’t appear to happen anymore.  

Mosquito cats came to town  in the 1977/78 season Prominent figures included Hilton  & Liz Trigg in "Mellow Yellow" and "Afternoon Delight", Ron Harvey in "Meltami", Andy & Vicki Blessing, Michael & Anne Whillas in "Purr" & later "Malaria Mick", Jim Wright & Wayne Barber in "Trak Trak" and later "Fat Cat". Troy Fauser, Noel Francis in "Shiralee" & "Dances with the Waves", Brenton Growden in "Hypo", George Mayhew in "Epimagic",  Rex Bichard in 007, Di Bichard (our first Woman Commodore) in "Moggie Power".

It is said that the Cats had a more sophisticated social life than the sharpies with some great dinner parties, particularly at Coffin bay. The Cat week National Regatta run by Jim Wright , Hilton Trigg  and Team was one of the greatest events in the club history.

Keel Boats - Solings

In the 1960’s the first soling  came to  town. "Merrijig" was owned by Ross Haldanes father (an owner and builder with his brothers of the first Tuna boat in Lincoln). "The Tacoma". He didn’t race" Merrijig".  He preferred going for a sail on his own around the bay. I remember one day he followed up what was called the A class fleet one Saturday as they left for the Reevsby Island race. It was light; he started 10 minutes late and was ahead of "Shadow" and "Rufus L" & "Pelorus" by the time they reached the north entrance.  

Soon a number a number of sailors in herons, moths and former sharpie sailors moved into solings. There were still no sharpies back in the fleet so for top class racing many decided to go for the class. Lincoln formed the  State Soling Association here and it was one of the greatest racing & social eras the club has seen bringing a lot of fun and excitement  to the club.  

It was in the time of Australians winning the America’s cup. Lincoln had big soling fleets close racing and as mentions some great social dings in the club. Probably the highlight was the Australian National’s in Lincoln before the America’s cup. The topless girls on the beach from Sydney who affected the bar trade and competitors like John Bertram, Noel Robins, Mark Bethwaite and many others who had a strong influence on our club and our up and coming sailors. The whole town and members got behind the event and social activities. Opinions were that it was as well organised and as much fun as any one had seen in the world. Ross Haldane & Gunner Boeck had a lot to do with introducing the class.  

Sailors to come into the Solings from other classes included  Ross Edwards in "Bintang" (He was the first Lincoln Week chairman)  John Hood in "Aeolian", Gunner Boeck in "Rumplstilskin", Reg Kemp in "True Grit" & "Old Glory", Stephen Kemp in "Matilda",  Don Henson in "True Grit", Daryl Freers, Ray Glendenning,  Puffa Powell, Leo Whillas in "Scarlet Pimpernal", Jeff Schramm in "Patches" & later "Matilda", Greg Anderson, Ross Haldane in "Merrijig", Murray Stanley, Gunner Jensen, Bill Hansen, Bobby Puglisi in "Revenge", John Brewer in "Rob Roy",  Pat Callaghan in "Revenge" , David Magnusson in "Lass’u"  & many others.

The Solings carried on the clubs famous tradition of having some terrific parties in the club. The most famous,The pre Americas Cup night . Where groups purchased the right to own an international competing yacht and then had to come to dinner as the crew and  put on a presentation  representing their country.  Like many classes their popularity died and the last season they raced was in1989/90.  A number of boats left the fleet to be converted into keel boats by Barry Hendrickson Racing very successfully in Div11.

Reg  Kemp, Stephen Kemp & Don Henderson represented Australia in the Soling worlds

Ocean Going Keel Boats - Div 1 Div 2 Div 3

This is still being developed. Early history of local ocean going keel boats have previously been briefly mentioned  and a lot of  material and research is still being done at Axels Maritime museum for future presentation on this site. In the 1920 – 30’sThe early boats were  mainly large fishing cutters included:- "Stranger", "Celtic", "Britannia", "Stormbird", "Jennifer", "Jean", "Minnie Simms" & "The Bastard". They raced regularly.

Later came  George Mayne's "Pavana", Stan Morgan's "Pelorus" and others .

After the sharpies died the ocean going fleet of keel boats began to grow. Jack Randall sold "Alloway" to Roly Johnson (Later Commodore) whose crew was Billy Kemp. Jack then began building the first local ocean going butter box (Marine Ply) Black Soo "Utekiah" in the club. At the same time in Adelaide "Sundowner", "Scimitar" and other plywood racing machines were being built. Fibre Glass hulls and Aluminium spars and stainless  steel rigging were rapidly tacking the place of wood

Around this time the keel boat fleet was growing. "Pavana" left "Seafarer”,"Shadow" John Swann & Dion Manthorpe arrived, harbour master Captain Pep Manthorpe with "Josephine" was here. Later taken over by Dick Leech & Doctor Keith Kneebone. Doctor Wicks & Chemist John Justin Had the Tumlaren  "Unity", later taken over by John Karger from ETSA.  Keith Smith deputy principal of the high school had "Tromie".

 4 more butter boxes were built  25 footers, Van Da Stat Primaats. Harry Boxes "Aurora", Merv Aird's "Tammy", Alwyn “Scrub” Scrubys  "Nimbus" and Graham Collinson’s "Aerial". These added to the three home made 36 foot steel boats Wilson Hissey’s "Rufus L", Brian Bains "Nyandra L" & Geoff Ives’s "Rhythm". Ken Pearce  purchased his spacesailer  24 "Calypso" and Roger Trevor purchased a  Santanna 22 "Cooyeana", Nev Cowan had his bluebird and Phil Wyne (editor of the Times) was around with "Chowringie" previously owned by the Stephens family.

Other boats  were coming. The racing was hotting up. Jim Shepperd purchased  the 22 foot blue bird "Rum Runner" and Chas Rigg  arrived on the scene as the  Eyre Peninsula service manger for international  he sailed in in the "If". Its motor didn’t work.

When the first Lincoln week regatta was sailed in 1976 in honour of Matthew Flinders The Port Lincoln Club had a fleet of 153 boats including 17 in div one and 16 in div two with around 300 members involved in sailing . Four Van Da Statt Black soos built locally . "Utekiah" Jack Randall named after his fathers boat and Lincoln First fishing inspector."Tango" John & Rob Hopping, "Mako"  Barry Roach & "Curio" John Karger. These boats had some fast, close racing and would come in seconds apart  after long races including the wedge island and overnight races. The smaller primaats were also having a similar tussle. Doctor Allan O'Donnell purchased the Primate "Sir William Dampier" and renamed it the "Eros" which was purchased by Phil Roe who was moving out of moths with his father in law Jim McLellan. 

Philip later purchased Hopping's Black Soo "Tango" as the Hopping's and Barry Roach moved up to the new 30 ft Va Da Statt Pions "Caprice II" & "Bad Company" where they continued to have  great close racing for a number of years. Reg kemp purchased "Curio" then later the Jock Sturrocks S&S 34 "Betty". The Joe Puglisis’s 40 foot Adams, "Dominant Factor". Reg and Stephen have had some outstanding successes on their way through herons, Solings and ocean going classes Barry Roach  purchased Boby Puglisis 40 ft Adams, "Pronto". Barry had many successes including sailing in the Sydney Hobart. Barry was one of the longest serving handicappers on the Adelaide Lincoln race committee. Bernie & Allan & John Williams built the butter box Seahorse design, "Sayanora". Jack Randall later purchased it  changing the name to "Ulatiah" and later sold  it to  fit out his last boat a glass 27 foot Supersonic he named "Waipawa" and raced it very successfully over a number of years. David Bassham  who had come up from sharpies purchased Jacks Black Soo ,the "Utekiah". David with Dean Cook and Max Bennie (All commodores at some time) later sailed it in the Queenscliffe to Lincoln Race. David Forbes built the Van Da Staat 25 footer "Bandit" purchased later by David Walter and later John Penny.

At around that  time Vic Fauser and his brother purchased the Farr 1104  "Aussie Rules" and Brian & Deidre Turvey purchased  the Farr 1104 they called "53". Allan O'Donnell purchased RSYS Commodore Dick Fidock’s 34 plywood  boat "Cedallion". Later purchased by Bill Richter as Allan fitted out a new Duncanson 34 he called "Taurus", his crew included Kevin Wiebrecht & Bill Flavel and Phil Schapel. Ross Edwards purchased  "Sundowner" from Bryan Price this was later purchased by Ray Gordon. Sister ship in aluminium "Quasar" was purchased by Chas Rigg and raced successfully for some time  till Charles decided to use it for charter work. John hood fitted out and raced successfully the 40 foot  Cole "Pandemonium". His crew included Heather & Graham Ellis, Bill Richter others. Stan Morgan who raced for  years in "Pelorus"  with Rob Hopping, Peter Broad & Charlie Whillas  as his crew for a time. Designed and built the 40 foot steel  yacht "Iniquity" now famous for its charter trips to  the Antartica. The 40ft butterbox "Scimitar" was purchased from Keith Flint by Brian Bain & Jim Bryant both very active club members for many years. A Number of solings were converted into Keel boats and raced successfully. John & Robb Hopping  purchased the J24 "929" crewed by Malcolm Catt, Max Bennie, Peter Broad & Phil Roe. Max Bennie also built and raced "Jigsaw" with Trevor White &,Malcolm Catt as crew.

The main keel boat events raced for  from the 60’s till recently has been around  the bay points trophies. The John Swann memory Cove race. The Brian Verco Reevsby island race and for a time  ‘The Squires Louth Island Race, (Jack Schroeder) Nobody ever put on better shows on the beach than Jack. The overnight race in preparation for the Adelaide Lincoln race  and the Wedge island race which proved to a very tough and dangerous race.

The Adelaide Lincoln Race  became the cruise week via kangaroo island. Some legendary stories can be told in the 60’s and 70’s when cruising was at  its top. They will be added to this chapter as time goes on.

Noel Welfare purchased a Farr hull a fitted out the "Moonraker" with crew including Scott Stenson and Dennis Harcourt. The crew had a lucky escape during the first evening of an Adelaide Lincoln Race when their keel fell off and they were picked up by a yacht following close behind. The boat was rebuilt ands renamed "Moonraker Again" Noel went on to become Port Lincoln’s first International  keel boat race winner. Winning the Darwin to Ambon race in 1987 he sailed in many offshore races including  Sydney/Noumea and a number of Sydney Hobart's and  navigated around Australia. He was awarded the clubs Yachtsman of the year in 1989. His father Ken was a great supporter of the yacht club particularly when the new top club floor was being built. His motor vessel the chum was often used as the Yacht Clubs Flag ship on opening day.

There are many Adelaide Lincoln race stories that could be told like Alan Smiths in "Antares"  (Brian Bolgers boat originally) rounding of Cape Spencer in the dark, dropping  high & dry on to a reef for a few moments. Crew Joe Tippelt got off to look , Allan  yelled for him to get back on board and they were of on the race again in the next moment as a wave lifted them off. Another one is Keith Flint carving up Donington Point at high speed in "Helsal II" in the darkness of the early morning finish. There have been many boats come and gone in recent years. "Top Cat" Tim Nelligan  who sailed with a local crew in the Darwin Ambon race & Sydney Hobart. Squeaker Barwick in "Scavenger".

As the number, range and speed of boats grew in the 80’s & 90’s and with a combination of the new Lincoln Cove marina ,seven day trading, large crews, new rules and regulations  and higher costs. The fleet changed and expanded rapidly creating  Div 1, Div2 & Div 3  finally collapsing around the year  2000 with Div 3 remaining the only  ocean going racing boats in the club in 2001 fielding a fleet very of around 10-15 boats  back to the division 1  days numbers in the late 60’s.

Class fluctuations through history have been natural and the future looks good for the keel boat  class from around the 8 metres to 13 metre lengths as it builds again and brings new people into  the system.

Once twenty boats moored in front of the club. Only pick up boats moor there now because of the marina. In the past couple of years  there has been a built up of boats mooring at foundation members Axel Stenross’s slip across the bay. With  low price moorings available, a good work shop and a  slip being  renovated specially for small keel boats  use. Keel boat yachting in Boston bay is expected to grow again.

This keel boat story section is still being developed

The new Sailability - Centreboard Class

Around 1995  Life member and former Commodore Bill Richter, Denise Manuel, Ross Haldane, Carin Haldane, Frances Boylan, Beth Hammond and Neil Ashman formed a committee and with the support of the Port Lincoln Yacht club,  government grants , donations from club stalwart  Peter O'Brien and others two boats in the 2.3 class were set up as I understand  the first of its kind in South Australia for local disabled. This class has been a great success with many participating deriving great pleasure and interest from it.

Their have been  some competition successes already with Lincoln winning State championships titles and the announcement that the State Championships will be held here in the 2003 season. Kay Cotee was due to Launch Sailability at the club when it began but at the last moment couldn’t make it. More history details are required for this  section.

Social Activities & the Club House

 A Day out on club members boats -

Perc Puckridge Skipper of "Volante", and Axel Stenross skipper of "Rio Rita"
* Note "Pavana" moored in the background




 Over the years the club has had high & low cycles of activities socially. It has been best when the club has been working towards goals. 

The Club was the centre of activity in town for information and gossip. Members would work their events around the other clubs in town particularly the Port Lincoln Horse racing club and the Waybacks & Tasmans football clubs. In the 1930’s Socials used to be in the Civic Hall supper room as the club had no clubrooms.  

The Committee tried to get the council to give them land on the beach north of the grand Tasman Hotel near the Anglers club to no avail.

Finally Mr & Mrs Charlton allowed them to have the land where the club  now stands.

Mr & Mrs Charlton were among the first to be made Honorary Life members.

At the time the club had a very strong noisy Speedboat club which was one of the best in the state. People like Boxer Wagner, Max Fauser, Frank Blacker, Johnny Blacker, Strawb Watson, Johnny Watson and  George Mayne the local Ford dealer (I understand he was the biggest country dealer in SA at the time).

George Richardson was arguably the hardest working and creative secretary the club ever had . He was very talented. With member support he designed the new club house and then proceeded to work with them to raise the  money  to build the first part of the club house. It was opened by the Governor Sir Robert George in  1957. George Richardson was a creator. Clubs are lucky to get them and  only have a few of these people from time to time. A  talented artist he designed the original building which has been upgraded many times since. George also built the model of the "Pavana" on display in the clubhouse. George sailed on it many times including the early Sydney Hobart race and a trip to America. He wrote a book on the "Pavana’s" cruise which was handed on by crewman Wilson Hissey and is kept at Axel Stenross’s Maritime Museum. The bar used to be in the secretaries office. Where you enter the main upstairs hall, used to be a large boatshed roof.  The club used to fire the shot gun from the  balcony to start the races in front of the club. There was a kitchen downstairs where the men's showers now are. There were few amenities. Their were some great parties in the boats shed around the  old piano (later given to the new Coffin Bay club) and on the  old jarrah dance floor which  still partly remains. In its day it was one of the best. There are many stories from this  area. The town used to flock to the shows. High quality at a low price with ladies bringing a plate was the game.

The club held the first cabaret in Port Lincoln (a dance with a licence where you sat around at tables and have a drink. You normally couldn’t do this.)
The club held the first raffle for a Holden motor car at club member and town mayor home Perc Puckridge's where Christopher Nicholls now lives on Flinders highway.
The club picnic was an annual event usually and traditionally held at Spalding cove or monument beach - it was a great family day. something  that seems to be  missing in the 2000’s.

With the Heron & Moths & the A class boom in the late 1960”s the club was having problems coping with the numbers. Many new members had joined and were sailing in the club. One was Harold Blomberry affectionately known as Blom.  He and his wife were retired farmers from the Arno Bay district they had no children. He had been a great supporter of the Arno Bay Yacht Club. Many of us new him through sailing up there. While not a sailor himself he purchased Brian Verco’s boat "Jo" and organised  friend and Lincoln Club Sharpie sailor Bob Poole to sail it for him. Harold had a few years of  great fun sailing in the Lincoln club and would  come upstairs afterwards and have a couple of scotches and a cigar with all the sailors. he always said he felt very welcome here. members like Axel Stenross, Jack Randall, Reg Aveling, Jimmy Shirras and others were still alive then. Harold died  aged 78 in 1970 and gave every one a surprise and pleasant shock with  a bequest of $25,000.00 to the club. ( In todays money 2001 around $250,000.00) After many debates it was decided to build the top floor. Managed by a committee to be built by club members volunteers using professionals where required. The club borrowed $21,000.00 and came in on budget at around $46,000.00. There would have been no top floor today without this bequest. The building had a squash court to encourage women to the club and a smaller square bar for cosy smaller groups.

The Clubhouse

The building was completed in 1974. Wayne Murphy was the Commodore. Phil Roe was the chairman of the building committee, Ross  & Carin Haldane did the building design. Treasurer John Easton & Gunner Boeck  strongly supported the development plan in the early stages. At times there were at least forty members working together. The season before ended with a chicken & champagne party in the boat shed. Wilson Hissey & Chook Wiseman guaranteed to remove the boat shed to commence building the following week. They did. Everyone worked under great pressure during the winter and it was ready for the opening  and the beginning of the season by Jim Hardy. The only problem a last minute airlines strike. No planes. saved by club member and pilot Allan Smith who flew to Melbourne and back, did some fast talking . Picked  Jim  up arriving at the last minute in.1974. A big day. Some official had lunch with Jim  on the the clubs flagship for the opening. Ken Welfare’s, Chum.  Jim had sailed at the club on previous occasions once sailing  his  505, Black bottle. Named after their brandy) He  was well known by Darc Harvey, Jack Randall and the 505 sailors.   







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