The new build of the Ian Oughtred designed ACORN 15’ ROWING SKIFF is nearing completion with just the thwarts still to go – and of course the endless sanding, painting and varnishing! This weekend commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Vaucluse Regatta, hosted by Vaucluse Yacht Club.
Based on a Sam Devlin Surf Scoter 22 design, this cruiser was purposely built and modified for speed, comfort and to live on for holidays.
The annual sailing event draws a myriad of yachts and sailing craft to race upon Sydney Harbour, and has done so since its inception in 1932. The price is $49,000 but must be seen in person to appreciate all her glory.Based on a Sam Devlin Surf Scoter 22 design, this cruiser was purposely built and modified for speed, comfort and to live on for holidays.
To herald the significance of the event’s 80th anniversary, the traditional timber yacht Maluka will sail in the regatta.


Historically, Maluka competed in the first ever Vaucluse Regatta held in 1932, and will return to Watsons Bay this Saturday, 80 years on, to compete in the long-standing event.
Maluka, a 28-foot gaff-rigged yacht was originally built of Huon Pine in 1932, and boasted brand new lines and cutting edge technology back in the old days. She has since been completely re-furbished by owner Sean Langman, who has maintained many of the traditional and original features of the classic yacht.
You can water ski with her at a top speed of 35 Knots and handles rough water with ease.She has visited the Whitsundays 7 times and requires very little maintenance due to to 6 to 8 coats of paint all over. This weekend she will take to the waters of Watsons Bay and see how she fares against many more modern yachts.
Newspaper articles from the early 1930’s talk of ‘scenes of aquatic vigour’ and yachts ‘heeling over til their decks were well a-wash’ during the early years.


Yachts, skiffs, rowers and motor boats all enjoyed ‘splendid sailing conditions’, whilst on-shore there were pillow-fights and treasure hunts.
This Saturday, the Vaucluse Yacht Club and event sponsors SLAM and Winning Appliances invite owners of yachts, OK dinghies, Vee-Esses, Lasers and Laser Radials to compete in three races held on Watsons Bay.



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