Sunday, March 19, 2017

The launch of the Thorpe

                                           The launch of the Thorpe Class trainee 12ft Dinghy

A small crowd gathered to mark the occasion of the launch of the Thorpe dinghy 
that has been lovingly restored by Club Patron Barry Austen

A little bit of information for the reader ...
The Trainee Dinghy was a double hander open boat (no deck), of planked construction with no buoyancy tanks. The sail plan of a large mainsail and flat-cut spinnaker provided plenty of excitement for crews in fresh conditions, and no room for error. The class evolved into the Thorpe 12 - a lighter boat of plywood construction with buoyancy tanks and a more efficient rig. Later boats were of foam sandwich or fibreglass construction with high aspect mainsails. Fleets of Trainees and Thorpes spread from Cairns to Sydney, with some boats being based in Victoria. The Class languished in the 1990's as Yachting Associations placed more emphasis upon Olympic and National classes
                             ( Michael Storer - Blog Sailing Dinghy Thorpe Class Trainee 12ft)

                                               and while it may take a village to raise a child,
                                                it clearly takes a few members to rig a Thorpe...
finally it was a 'goer' 
we took a few photos for the history books
                                              after all ... Pat deserves a long cruise, not just a medal!!
                              and while the riggers were busy, others were engaged in a 'cone of silence' 
                                                            ,,, keeping a low profile?
                              down at the waters edge , Colleen and Martin nervously climbed aboard
                                                                     😰 ... big responsibility ...

Just lovely Barry ! 


  1. I remember them well at the Noosa Sailing club...quite a big fleet in the 1970s. Awesome looking boat. Just getting into one and launching from the shore required great skill on a windy day. It's fantastic to see these important and iconic boats enjoying new attention and renovation. I hope this is a new trend. We all know how important it is having 'Halls of fame' for everything from stockmen to Rock-n-Rollers...let's now have some attention drawn to our awesome aussie boats that were not only powerful, but aesthetic and ingenious. Congratulations!!!