It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of an amazing man, John Allen.
John has been a stalwart of the Ballarat Yacht Club for over 50 years.
John will always be remembered as a pioneer of the Jubilee Class on Lake Wendouree having acquired Sirocco J12 in the 1980’s. He developed the class at Ballarat through his willingness to take on newcomers and teaching anyone who was keen to learn to sail.
We have always admired his gentle attitude to life, his sailing prowess, his patience, his humour and his friendship.
Our thoughts go to Pam, Rohan, Grant and their families.
We thank you John for an amazing life and all that you gave.
2023 Huntingfield Winners
Our Cronulla team have sailed with and against each other for over 40 years. We’ve competed at local clubs, some beautiful locations in Australia and all the way to a world championship in Italy. But we love any opportunity to sail at Ballarat.
With the Huntingfield Cup date set, we were prompted to pull the covers off TAJ in order to finish her for the 22nd of April (thanks to Ian for his many weekends given up to help with boat work!).
We arrived late Thursday night on Leone and Paul’s doorstep with a still-unfinished TAJ in tow. Graciously welcomed, we settled in by the fire for a luscious gourmet dinner and a glass of wine. Or 2… or…
Friday morning came before long, and we headed down to the yacht club. There was still work to do on TAJ and in true Ballarat style, volunteer boat builders came from out of the woodworks to help us. We had enough done that by 6 pm to say, let’s go sailing.
And wow, what an amazing day it was with the TAJ in the water. Great wind, great views, great folks: this is what sailing Jubilees at Ballarat Yacht Club is all about.
The weekend hit, and Saturday racing started without a hitch. Wind speed was nearly five knots, and from boat to boat, great tactical battles were raged. Needless to say, the results were tight!
Sunday came in strong with a complete weather change. Wind speed shot up to over fifteen knots from the southeast, allowing a good, long course to be set for some more exciting competition.
By the end of the weekend, we’d fought fierce tactical battles and earned our fair share of bruises. But we’d also shared plenty of encouragement, laughs, and (of course) drinks with mates, accompanied by hours of sailing stories.
For the weekend, we were part of a family. A Jubilee family.
It was a fantastic event, thank you for having us.
From Steve, Ian, Undine, and myself, I can say: we’ll be back!
This website is undergoing an update and I am learning as I am going.
The intention is to make the site more easy to navigate while also containing both current and historical information for competitors as well as for those who are interested in the class.
So I apologize for a few non working links as the redevelopment takes place. I have also incorporated some spelling and grammatical errors to see who is paying attention.
All contributions to design and content are welcome
Paul Crosbie Secretary.