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Rudder Shield 2019

May 4 2019


The Jubilee Yacht Association of Victoria hosted the Rudder Shield at the Ballarat Yacht Club on Lake Wendouree on Saturday 4 May. The Rudder Shield is an annual contest for the 80+ year old Jubilee Class One Design yacht.


Sorrento and Ballarat fielded two teams along with teams representing Royal Brighton, Cronulla (NSW) and last years debutants and the reigning champions, Albert Park YC.  Cairn Curran YC were this years new comers, being invited to join in following their successful hosting the 2019 Jubilee State Titles.


The series included 7 short races with teams rotating between the 8 yachts made available by the Ballarat Yacht Club members. The yachts were provided fully rigged and the guests just bring themselves and sailing gear. Boat owners are not to skipper their own boat but they can crew. A team captain is elected for each club and crew with more than 30 sailors competing.


The eventual victor was Ballarat Yacht Clubs ‘Team 2’, followed by Albert Park and Cronulla. The best performing Jubilee on the day was 137 ‘Colour Me Gone’.

Spirited competition was enjoyed by all.


The racing was keenly supported and those on shore had an enjoyable day with all racing clearly visible from the clubhouse.

Australian Hansa Class Championships at Koombana Yacht Club Bunbury WA

In the 303 class

4th overall Charlie Weatherly Ballarat Yacht club
7th overall Allison Weatherly Ballarat Yacht club

In The Liberty Class
7th Overall Di Weatherly Ballarat Yacht club

Team Championships
1st Victoria

Well done to the Weatherly Family

Victorian Laser Training Weekend Indented Heads

Ben Lodge and Cooper Brown from the Ballarat Yacht club

2018 worlds
2018 worlds - F18 championships in Florida and Jason Hegert sailing

2018 worlds Hansa championships with Charlie and Alison Weatherly, and Jonah Maloney Wise competing


Freydis to the Ballarat Yacht Club

Historic boat donated to BYC by Bryan Linacre

Its name may have regal origins, but over the past year the first ever Jubilee One-Design Class yacht has not been treated like a king.


Restoring to former glory: Former Ballarat Yacht Club Commodore Paul Crosbie stands in front of Freydis, the first ever Jubilee Class yacht. Pictures : Jeremy Bannister


The inaugural yacht which was built in 1935 spent most of its life at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, but over the past 12 months the timber vessel has been out of water, leading to slow deterioration. 


The boats were constructed following a horror storm on Port Phillip Bay in 1932 which wiped out the bulk of the yachts in Victoria.  The name was chosen to honour King George V’s 25th anniversary on the throne.

Former Jubilee Yacht Association of Victoria president Bryan Linacre opted to donate the historic boat named Freydis to the Ballarat Yacht Club in order to see it returned to its former glory.  


Jubilee Yacht Association of Victoria treasurer and secretary Leonie Crosbie said the former owner was eagre to see the craft remain in Victorian hands. 

“(Mr Linacre) approached all of the clubs around Victoria to find a home for the boat because he didn’t want to sell it and he didn’t want it going interstate,” Ms Crosbie said.  “I decided we had to take responsibility for it.”


The vintage vessel. Picture: Jeremy Bannister


Since arriving in Ballarat the boat has been placed at the edge of Lake Wendouree, partly submerged and filled with water.  The craft which is built of Huon pine will remain on the lake in coming weeks to allow the wood to soak up water before refurbishment works begin in February. 

A team of dedicated volunteers will then begin plugging any remaining holes in the wood, sanding it back and applying a brand new deck before placing it back on water in late March. 

Ms Crosbie said it was important the yacht was restored to working order and not simply placed in a museum. 

“Old boats like this are often gifted to maritime museums but when that happens they’re not sailed, so this is going to continue to be used and people can learn on this boat.  It’s living history.”

Sailing History on lake Wendouree

Share your memorabillia with us.

We are currently consolidating our extensive archive of images, publications, trophies and memorabilia and would like to hear from you if you have records of your sailing history on the Lake that you would like to share with us. Please contact our Club Historian, Quinton Wilkinson.  

Good response to our call out (see above) for  BYC historical memorabilia. 


Twilight Thursdays

Every Thursday during Summer

Hi all, As your new Commodore, I would like to invite all members & friends to our Thursday Twilight Sailing from the first week of October 2018.  The night will kick off at 5.00pm on the deck. Looking forward to some fun competition on the water!  Cafe open with sailors menu at members prices.

Colin Littlejohn Commodore

Hey skipper!, "..which course are we meant to be on?

or ..."which bouy `A' or `C'?".

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