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Welcome to the website of the fabulous exciting Vaucluse Junior (or Vee Jay) sailing dinghy!

Australian Senior Champion 1964-65 'Panther' sailed by Wayne Sharrock and Randall Smith

Australian Senior Champion 1964-65 ‘Panther’ sailed by Wayne Sharrock and Randall Smith

'Trudy-Ann' skippered by Gary Bruniges at the VJ Australian Championships Glenelg SA 1967-68

‘Trudy-Ann’ skippered by Gary Bruniges at the VJ Australian Championships Glenelg SA 1967-68

The new VJ has been launched!

Saturday 17th September pics: Lindsay Allan’s new boat ‘Mandarin’ was launched and performed extremely well in approx 7-8 knots, and off the wind was dramatically faster than the current VJs. Still a few tweaks and changes to gradually be made to the new boat in coming months and we are looking forward to seeing how the boat performs in fresher breezes.

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The VJ 85th Anniversary Reunion Evening was held at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Saturday 20th August 2016. Our thanks go to the Belmont 16ft Sailing Club for their assistance and to Danny Anderson in particular without whom the evening would not have been possible.

Over 125 people attended what was a very enjoyable evening. Moderator Sean Harrison provided an entertaining guest speaker/panel segment mid evening which featured guest speakers Ricky Bridge, Gary Bruniges, David Cleworth and Greg Fryer.

Thanks go to Aislinn Dewit and Dylan Wright for handling the videos and slideshows, and to Graeme Talbot for handling the front desk.

Please see our News page for more photos.

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Sat 20th August 2016 VJ 85th Lindsay's yellow boat Sat 20th Aug 2016 David Cleworth and Greg Fryer

VJ 85th Anniversary Reunion

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Don Cross and Dylan Wright sailing Hornet 12th Dec 2015 Teralba

Don Cross and Dylan Wright sailing ‘Hornet’ 12th Dec 2015 Teralba

'Hornet' reaching under spinnaker 29th Nov 2014

Teralba VJ Club Champion 2013-14 and 2014-15 ‘Hornet’ reaching under spinnaker 29th Nov 2014

Big Apple IV 12th Sept 2015

Teralba VJ Club Champion 2015-16 ‘Big Apple IV’ 12th Sept 2015

29th Nov 2014: Weekend Warrior, Hornet and Big Apple IV

29th Nov 2014: Weekend Warrior, Hornet and Big Apple IV

Leithal Too at South Lakes regatta Feb 2014

Leithal Too at South Lakes regatta Feb 2014

The famous 'Big Mac II' from 1968 flies across Georges River at top speed proudly using Herrick sails

The famous three time Australian champion ‘Big Mac’ sailed by Grant and Ross McInnes here pictured from summer 1968-69 flies across Georges River at top speed

'Splinter' VJ number 1 built in the Vaucluse 12ft Amateur Sailing Clubhouse in 1931

‘Splinter’ VJ number 1, built in the Vaucluse 12ft Amateur Sailing Club clubhouse in 1931

‘Splinter’ was launched in either late April or on 1st May 1931 (depending on the sources), and proved to be a very good boat but a little ‘tippy’ and unstable according to designer Charles Sparrow. Charles then redrew the lines and widened the chines by 1 inch either side. The following boat was again built in the Vaucluse 12ft Amateur Sailing Club clubhouse by Sil Rohu, Charles Sparrow, F Sargent and R Banks during the winter of 1931 and was launched in August 1931. This boat was named ‘Chum’ and is pictured below.

Charles Sparrow at the helm with brother Tom crewing, sailing the very first VJ 'Chum' on Sydney Harbour at Vaucluse 1932

Charles Sparrow at the helm with brother Tom crewing, on Sydney Harbour at Vaucluse 1932. Photo courtesy of Graeme Andrews

Introduction:

Designed at Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia in 1931 by Charles Sparrow and Sil Rohu this 11ft 6″ (3.5m) little rocketship of a dinghy was once the most popular and most numerous sailing boat in Australia and was also built in many countries around the world. Times have changed, sporting interests and activities of families have changed, other sailing classes have come and gone, and by 2008 the once dominant Vee Jay had almost died out.

Inspired by how challenging and how much fun to sail this wonderful boat is, and by what a healthy invigorating sport sailing is, a group of  us older Vee Jay sailors have come back to the Vee Jay in October 2010 from other classes and are now sailing and racing the Vee Jays again at Teralba Sailing Club at Lake Macquarie NSW Australia.

Many of us have been sailing the Vee Jay since the 1970s and have gone on to sail other boats like 14ft skiffs, 16ft skiffs, 18ft skiffs, VSs, Skates, Cherubs etc, and we still find the smaller intermediate Vee Jay offers a great deal of excitement and enjoyment either when racing or just leisurely out sailing about.

Modernisation of the VJ design:

Since February 2011 we have taken the step of making upgrades and changes to the boat’s design that we feel are in keeping with the original spirit of Sparrow and Rohu’s design.  Since the 1970s, changes to the Vee Jay design were needed in order to keep abreast of sailing developments of the time and to keep the boat relevant and modern to the younger sailors who from about 1970 were being lured away by the up and coming designs of the day such as the Flying 11 and others.

Unfortunately over several decades from 1970 very little effective change was introduced to the Vee Jay’s design and it gradually slipped from being everywhere around the Australian coastline to being only sailed in a few clubs.  2008 unfortunately saw the class being abandoned from its last great stronghold, the iconic Belmont 16s sailing club at Lake Macquarie NSW in favour of the Flying 11 as an intermediate trainer/racer.

In October 2010 the Vee Jays under the organisation of George Probert, Don Cross, Graeme Talbot and Greg Fryer regrouped and began racing once more at Teralba at northern Lake Macquarie. We have been working  hard on getting the younger sailors trained up and interested in the sport of sailing at this wonderful location and on these wonderful boats. Already our younger crews and skippers have shown their keen abilities and are developing their skills and enthusiasm rapidly.

In Feb 2011 we began the modernisation steps that we felt had been long needed in order to make the Vee Jay once again as it had been in the 1950s and 60s the very best 2 person intermediate trainer/ high performance dinghy in Australia. We are taking the steps which we also believe will position the VJ as the best trainer for the Olympic 49er high performance dinghy and the 12 14 16 and 18 ft skiff classes.

These design changes to the VJ will be ongoing over the next few years as we develop, refine and evaluate them. The changes are both aimed at keeping younger sailors in the class much longer – in fact all their lives if they so desire it, but also at attracting back to the VJ class the older more experienced sailors who might have gone on previously to sail other classes and are looking for something smaller and cheaper but still exciting and challenging to sail.

We believe that the current Vee Jay offers a level of excitement and develops a level of skills that is unmatched by other similar size sailing classes, and yet importantly is still a very effective trainer for younger sailors. Please see our ‘2013-14 Rig’ and ‘Hull Designs’ sections for the latest updates on the development of the VJ.

'Impala' Warren Nupier at Perth WA 1966-67

‘Impala’ Warren Nupier at the Perth Australian Championships 1966-67

Other sections of our website feature:

* News: all the latest information including VJs now sailing at San Diego USA, the new 2013 VJ hull design

* About:  details about the VJ Amateur Sailing Association and our sailing season at Teralba Amateur Sailing Club including location map from Google Maps.

* Boatbuilding :  photos and information from the building of foam sandwich VJs from 1992 onwards by amateur and professional boatbuilders including: Allan Robinson, Peter Sievert, Mark Thorpe and Julian O’Mahoney.

* VJ Hull Designs:  the new 2013 VJ hull and rig design, David Cleworth’s 1994 CAD drawings of the ‘Big Apple III’ hull and foils, also his drawings of the well known Jack Smid hull design. Later to come photos of hulls from Allan Robinson, Darby Davis, Larry Selby, Don Fairbrother, Steve Gallagher, Don McGregor and others. We welcome photos and information about VJ hulls built by other professional and amateur builders over the years.

* VJ 2013-14 Rig:  drawings and photos of the new sail plan including latest developments with the jib and spinnaker

* Photo Gallery:  photos of VJs from all eras, all photos are welcome.

* VJ History:  the history of Charles Sparrow and Sil Rohu’s iconic design and the history of the VJ class. Included are details from a discussion between Charles Sparrow and Greg Fryer in 1994 plus images of an original set of 1938 VJ plans from Charles Sparrow. We also welcome any information from people which can add to this history of the VJ in Australia.

* Plans: the current VJ Association Plans which were redrafted in 1990, as well as VJ Plans from past eras

* Video: youtube video clips of VJ sailing, we plan to make many youtube clips early in the new year 2015

* Championships: Australian and NSW championship Senior and Junior winners from 1939

‘Go Jet Go Jay’ 1968 VJ Association brochure page 1 featuring Warren Nupier’s ‘Impala III’ at Glenelg SA in the 1967-68 Australian Championships

**Please see our Photo Gallery for the 4 page ‘Go Jet Go Jay’ brochure from 1968

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Teralba VJs at Teralba Amateur Sailing Club’s 65th Anniversary Day Regatta 25th February 2012

‘Leithal II’ 25th Feb 2012

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VJ Australian and NSW Sailing Championships photos

The 1977-78 VJ Australian Chamionships were held on the Swan River in Western Australia at the South Perth Yacht Club.

Senior winner was ‘Its Catching’ skippered by Graeme Talbot and crewed by David Talbot from the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club.

Junior winner was ‘Why Not’ skippered by Geoff Hughes from Georges River SC.

‘Its Catching’ was built by Ren Timmins of Belmont and the sails were made by Bruce Hewish from Freshwater Racing Sails.

Senior placings were:

Boat                                   Skipper

1.  Its Catching                Graeme Talbot

2.  Its Pegasus                     David Anstey

3.  Photon                        Trevor Whitbread

4.  Breakaway                 Bruce Moore

5.  Vendetta                    Ray Beeton

6.  Bosca                            Peter Winney

7. Austral Voyager         Ron Swanbert

8.  Someday                    Peter Hellyit

Graeme Talbot’s ‘Its Catching’ on the Swan River at Perth

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‘Its Catching’ under spinnaker 1977-78

1993-94 NSW Championships:

Senior champion was ‘Thunderbird’ skippered by Bruce Eltoft and crewed by Matthew Richards from the Georges River SC

Junior champion was ‘Ride The Lightning’ skippered by Glen Robinson and crewed by Stephen Forbes from the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club.

‘Ride The Lightning’ pictured here on the Manning River at Taree during a NSW title heat

The 1993-94 VJ Australian Championships were held at the Georges River Sailing Club. Breezes were mainly either fresh westerlies or fresh noreasterlies.

Senior winner was ‘Thunderbird’ skippered by Bruce Eltoft from Georges River SC.

2nd was ‘Big Apple II’ from Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club sailed by Greg Fryer and Rodney Carter

3rd was ‘Small Quantity’ skippered by Jack Smid from Georges River SC

Junior winner was ‘Strictly Sailing’ skippered by Adam Lancey and crewed by Ricky Bridge

‘Strictly Sailing’ Adam Lancey and Ricky Bridge at full stretch in the invitation race fresh westerly

Strictly Sailing running downwind in a moderate noreasterly sea breeze

‘Wild Thing’ skippered by Andrew McKensey and crewed by Murray Stone from the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club

Heat 1 start Seniors. From left: G’Day, Big Apple II, Small Quantity, Thunderbird, with several boats  late for the start

‘Thunderbird’ skippered by Bruce Eltoft was victorious in the senior division

Bruce Eltoft and Matthew Richards were dominant in the defence of their Senior Australian Championship won at Teralba a year earlier, and won all but one race of the Georges River series. In heat 2, sailed in a 10-15 knot easterly and won by Big Apple II, Thunderbird broke the start. It was a close thing and they didn’t realise they were over the line, and were informed of this by a chase boat approx 2 mins up the first work.  Returning back to the line to restart, Bruce Eltoft and Matthew Richards sailed a determined race and overhauled all but the leader Big Apple II.

‘Thunderbird’ reaching in a 20-25 knot noreasterly

‘Thunderbird’ under control and sailing flat reach home in first place under spinnaker in a 15 knot SE breeze in the final race of the 1993-94 series

‘Big Apple II’ reaches across the Georges River in a 20-25 knot noreaster in race 3 of the series

‘Big Apple II’ Greg Fryer and Rodney Carter on the ragged edge in 2nd place reach to the finish line in a 15 knot SE breeze in the final race 5 of the series

Article from the Manly Daily newspaper reporting on local Greg Fryer's 2nd place in the VJ Senior division

Article from the Manly Daily newspaper reporting on Greg Fryer and Rodney Carter’s 2nd place in the VJ Senior division

The 1994-95 VJ Australian Championships were held on the Manning River at Taree.

Senior winner was ‘Big Apple III’ skippered by Greg Fryer and crewed by Peter Cornish from the Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club

2nd place was ‘Natural High’ skippered by Adam Young and crewed by Andrew Stone from the Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club

3rd place was ‘Thunderbird’ skippered by Bruce Eltoft and crewed by Ben Stephens from Georges River SC

Junior winner was ‘Rattle and Hum’ skippered by Michael Quirk and crewed by Michael Bull from the Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club

‘Rattle and Hum’ at Belmont January 1995

Senior winner ‘Big Apple III’ before the start of the Invitation Race at Manning River Sailing Club 27th December 1994. Big Apple III won every race of the series including the combined Junior/Senior invitation race

Invitation race pre start maneouvering Taree 27th Dec 1994

Invitation Race start 27th December 1994 Taree wind NE 8-12 knots


‘Thunderbird’ chases ‘Big Apple III’ at the top mark in heat 1, with forard hand Ben Stephens preparing for the spinnaker set

‘Thunderbird’ at the top mark spinnaker reach heat 1

‘Thunderbird’ works up the Manning River heat 1

Heat 2 senior division start: wind NE 5-7 knots

Heat 2 shortly after the start: the senior fleet works up the Manning River with the tide running in against them

‘Big Apple III’ works up the Manning River in the light air heat 2 on 30th December 1994. Big Apple III eventually won heat 2 by 12 minutes

Big Apple III glides downwind in heat 2

Heat 3 December 31st 1994: the freshest race with a 10-15 knot noreaster and for much of the race ‘Big Apple III’, ‘Natural High’ and ‘Thunderbird’ clear out from the other boats and duel for the lead, with ‘Big Apple III’ able to maintain a slender margin to win

More pics coming soon from the Taree 1994-95 titles:

The 1995-96 VJ Australian Championships were held at the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club in mainly fresh breezes.

Senior division winner was ‘Red Thunder’ skippered by Bruce Eltoft and crewed by Ben Stephens from the Georges River SC

Junior division winner was ‘Addiction’ skippered by James Griffith and crewed by Andrew Stone from the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club

‘Addiction’ reaching to the wing mark in a fresh noreaster

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Addiction picks up speed

‘Addiction’ at top speed

‘Addiction’ on port tack in the noreaster

‘Rattle And Hum’ on a fast reach Belmont SE course

‘Rattle And Hum’ skippered by Michael Quirk and crewed by Michael Bull

‘Rattle And Hum’ the 1994-95 Junior VJ champion came second to ‘Addiction’ in a cliff-hanger finish in the final race of the Juniors

Senior division Heat 1: with a 15-20 knot sou-easter  behind them ‘Red Thunder’ Bruce Eltoft and Ben Stephens show great crew work in preparing for a leeward side float drop of the spinnaker in the last few seconds before rounding the bottom mark. The spinnaker is already being pulled in tightly here by forard hand Ben as Bruce prepares to let off the halyard and windward brace. They executed the maneouver perfectly and the spinnaker was away in the bag just seconds before rounding the mark in a very fresh breeze.

‘Natural High’ Nathan Quirk and David Hickey reaching on the Belmont NE course

‘Natural High’

‘Natural High’ from Belmont finished in second place behind Bruce Eltoft’s ‘Red Thunder’ in the Senior division.

Nathan Quirk only decided to compete in the 1995-96 Australian title series a few weeks before the series started,  hired the boat from Adam Young and recruited young David Hickey  from the Belmont Pelican class as crew. David had not previously sailed a VJ and did a fantastic job in his first championship series sailing against top quality opposition.

‘Natural High’ leads ‘Red Thunder’

‘Red Thunder’ chases ‘Natural High’ on the NE course reach to the wing mark

‘She’s Jumpin’ Meika Wright and Peter Cornish narrowly lead ‘Mr Ed’

‘Loaded Weapon’ Marcus and Joel Castle

More pics to come from the VJ 1995-96 championships

The 1998-99 VJ Australian Championships were held at the Belmont 16 ft Skiff Club.

Youtube video footage of Heat 3 is kindly provided by Nigel Hale:

Senior winner was ‘Loaded Weapon’ skippered by Nathan Quirk and crewed by Adam Gillson

2nd place was ‘Code Red’ skippered by Jack Smid and crewed by Jason Smid

3rd place was ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’ skippered by Lindsay Mason and crewed by Brett Dutton

4th place was ‘The Reaper II’ skippered by Greg Fryer and crewed by Job Higginbottom

Junior winner was ‘Small Quantity’ skippered by Nigel Hale and crewed by Matt Brown

For the Belmont 16s website please see:

http://sail16s.com.au/

Pics from the 1998-99 series:

Heat 3 seniors in a 10-15 knot noreaster and from left ‘Thunderbird’, ‘Code Red’ and ‘The Reaper II” round the top mark near the Belmont 16s club and prepare to set spinnakers for the reach to the Marks Point wing mark.

Both Nathan Quirk and Greg Fryer borrowed VJs for this series only a couple of weeks before the title series began. Nathan returned to the VJs from sailing other classes and Greg returned from a 4 year absence from sailing. Both had crews aboard who had never sailed VJs before, Nathan with his 10 year old relative Adam Gillson (related to the famous former VJ champions the Gillson brothers), and Greg asking Belmont Pelican crew Job Higginbottom to forard hand for him aboard “The Reaper II’. Both young crews did marvelously well.

The senior series went down to the wire in the last race with any of the top 4 boats a chance of winning the title. ‘Code Red’ and ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’ were tied level for 2nd place after the final race 5 of the senior division and a countback decided their placings.

Spinnakers being hoisted for the reach to the Marks Point wing mark

‘The Reaper II’ Greg Fryer and Job Higginbottom fly down the reach in the 10-15 knot Belmont noreaster

‘The Reaper II’ turns hard around the top mark for the run to the Green Point windward-return bottom mark, with ‘Strictly Sailing II’ hard on their heels

Junior champion ‘Small Quantity’ planing fast on the reach to the Marks Point bouy

‘Small Quantity’ Nigel Hale and Matt Brown

‘Small Quantity’ twin planking up the work in 10-15 knots

More pics from 1998-99 coming soon

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Sailcloth and Sailmakers for the VJ Class

Dimension-Polyant Sailcloth

Dimension-Polyant Australia: 7/9 Powells Road, Brookvale, NSW, 2100

http://www.dimension-polyant.com/en/

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Redback Sails

Factory C23, 148 old Pittwater Road Brookvale Sydney 2100

Contact AndyCampbell on 0438 111197

http://www.redbacksails.com/index.html

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Barracouta Sails

Contact Neil Tasker in Sydney:

http://barracoutasails.com.au/

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McDiarmid Sails

Unit 25a 33-37 College St Gladesville Sydney

Contact Shane on 02 9817 4155

http://www.macdiarmidsails.com.au/

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Concord Ryde Sailing Club VJ pics from 1962-1974

Photos from Rob Lowndes of 1962-67 season: Concord Ryde Uhrs Point regatta and CRSC VJs competing at interclub regattas at Vaucluse, BYRA, Drummoyne and at National Championships at Chelsea, Victoria and in Perth, Western Australia:

Please also see more Rob Lowndes CRSC VJ and Skate photos in the drop-down menu of the Photo Gallery:

https://vauclusejunior.wordpress.com/rob-lowndes-concord-ryde-photos/

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #1

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #1

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #2

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #2

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #3

CRSC October 1963 Uhrs Point regatta #3

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1965 #1

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1965 #1

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1965 #2

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1965 #2

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse Jan 1965, Rob Lowndes sailing Peta at left leads Australian Junior champion 'Daze'

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse Jan 1965: Rob Lowndes sailing ‘Peta’ at left leads Australian Junior champion ‘Daze’

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1963: start

CRSC VJs at Vaucluse January 1963: race start

CRSC VJs at BYRA April 1964 #1

CRSC VJs at BYRA April 1964 #1

CRSC VJs at BYRA April 1963 #2

CRSC VJs at BYRA April 1963 #2

More Rob Lowndes photos to come

Photos from Greg Fryer of Concord Ryde VJs 1969-74:

CRSC VJ in a noreaster under spinnaker

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Advance II Glen Crichton and Robert Wood on a tight reach

Advance II Glen Crichton and Robert Wood

‘Kalina III’ leads ‘Advance II’ on a shy spinnaker run towards the Majors Bay bouy in a light hazy noreaster

Advance II crosses the finishing line close to the CRSC clubhouse

“Harlequin” skippered by Richard Jarvis under spinnaker in a noreaster reaching to home bouy

“Kalina III” sailed by Graeme Beath and his brother. The Beaths were club champions in the early 1970s with “Kalina III” and then “Delta”

“GTO” sailed by Michael Cahill and David Wood crosses the finishing line closely pursued by the ever-present rowers

‘Vega’ skippered by Martin Ohye sails out from the clubhouse in a light westerly. The following year in the 1970-71 season Greg Fryer sailed as forard hand for Martin in his first full sailing season at Concord Ryde.

CRSC VJs drift with the tide on a hot summer’s day in a light westerly waiting for the noreaster to arrive

‘Time’ skippered by Col Kendrick under spinnaker in the building noreaster heads towards Majors buoy

more to come from the 1969-70-71 season

CRSC March 1970: Greg, Robert Wood and Craig rigging Manly Junior ‘Mystic II’

A rare photo of the former Concord Ryde Sailing Club rigging area and clubhouse which was situated then on the southern shore of the Parramatta River next to the Ryde Bridge. ‘Mystic II’ the Manly Junior was the Fryers’ first sailing boat and Craig skippered it during the next 2 seasons. After his first ride aboard Mick Cahill’s VJ ‘GTO’ Greg only had eyes for the faster more exciting VJs.

CRSC March 1970: Craig holds the boat while Robert and Greg fit the rudder

CRSC March 1970: underway for the first time in ‘Mystic II’ with Greg steering and Craig crewing

CRSC 1972-73: Craig Fryer and David France launching Manly Junior ‘Kylie Tri’

‘Astron’ at the Uhrs Point Regatta Oct 1972

Greg and Craig aboard ‘Astron’ at the annual VJ interclub Uhrs Point Regatta hosted by Concord Ryde Sailing Club

1973-1974-1975  photos:

‘Astron’ launching at CRSC Jan 1973 with Scott Ramsey’s VJ ‘Regal’ on the right

“Retroflect” 8857 sailed by Greg and Craig Fryer competed with several other CRSC VJs at the annual Vaucluse regatta at Watsons Bay which was one of the many races in the VJ Central Branch championship. This pic was taken in Dec 1973

“Retroflect” was the Concord Ryde Club Champion VJ of 1973-74, closely edging out the previous club champion “Relax III” in the very last race. “Relax III” was skippered by Steve Abrahall and was one of the top CRSC VJs for many seasons, amongst an extremely competitive good quality fleet. Other top CRSC VJs in the early 1970s were “Casino” skippered by Jock Sills and “Delta” skippered by Graeme Beath.

When Greg began skippering his first VJ “Astron” in the 1971-72 season, the above 3 boats were considered to be “the untouchables” by the rest of the large VJ fleet.

“Retroflect” launching at Vaucluse Yacht Club Watsons Bay Dec 1973

“Retroflect” at Watsons Bay in a light easterly breeze sailing out to the starting line

The easterly breeze didn’t get above 10 knots that day on the harbour. “Kalina III” sailed by Neil Jones also from CRSC can be seen on the left of “Retroflect”. Greg and Craig finished in 4th place.

VJ State Championships 1975 booklet cover photo. A great fresh weather shot taken at Botany Bay featuring one of the top VJs from the early-mid 1970s “Phi”

more to come from 1973-75

For the Concord Ryde Sailing Club website please see:

http://www.concordrydesailing.org/

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Vee Jay racing pics from the Teralba 2011/12/13 seasons

Big Apple IV Greg and Anisah at Teralba 5th Nov 2011 (older mainsail and rig being used)

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Graeme and Erik 3rd Sept 2011 at Teralba with smaller older mainsail

Big Apple IV Greg and Aislinn win first race 3rd Sept 2011

As of 2011 we have removed the skeg (also called deadwood) from the Vee Jay

Don Cross’ boat ‘Hornet’ with temporary Skate main on the new 5.5m (18ft) mast. Hornet features the new 2012 jib made by Neil Tasker of Barracouta Sails

The older Skate mainsails from the 1990s were by chance very similar in overall size to what Greg has drawn up for the Vee Jay. Several boats have been using old Skate mains like this one in the racing this season until the arrival of their new mainsails.

Big Apple IV Greg and Aislinn sailing flat 3rd Sept 2011

Big Apple IV and Leithal II just after the start 3rd Sept 2011 at Teralba (both boats using the smaller 1990s rig)

14th January 2012 pics:

Don and Erik sizzle with spinnaker with 15 knot noreaster behind them in Cockle Bay toward Teralba Clubhouse

Don and Erik

Don and Erik fly down Cockle Bay towards the moored boats

Don is using here the new larger 2012 VJ jib and spinnaker along with the temporary 1990s Skate mainsail. The jib and spinnaker were both made by Neil Tasker from Barracouta Sails

Don and Erik at the shore

Graeme and Ky on a broad reach coming home after a practice sail

George and Lily return from a practice sail

George and Lily with boat on the plane on broad reach close to shore

George and Lily recovering after a swim – oops even the best get it wrong sometimes

George and Lily launching ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’

Teralba Sailing Club has undoubtedly the best rigging and launching area of any sailing club in the world

Graeme rigging ‘Leithall II’

‘Leithall II’ with the new design Justin Mitchell mainsail. Legendary VJ boatbuilder Larry Selby built the hull in 1992

‘Leithall II’ layout

‘Leithal II’ deck layout, gone are the days of the VJ boom being so low down that the forard hand could hardly fit under it

Erik who sails with Don Cross on Hornet has been skippering his own boat ‘Bird Of Prey’ in the mornings, pictured here on 4th Feb 2012

Erik and Logan training on ‘Bird Of Prey’ 4th Feb 2012

Erik and Greg 25th Feb 2012

Greg stashing the spinnaker with the pole launcher spinnaker pole set to come back in

Pole launcher being uncleated (above)

The Teralba Amateur Sailing club celebrated its 65th Anniversary on Saturday 25th February 2012, and we had a very nice fresh 15-20 knot noreaster for the race:

Teralba VJs 25th Feb 2012 #1

Teralba VJs 25th Feb 2012 #2

‘Leithal II’ and ‘Hornet’

Graeme and Ky 25th Feb 2012 #1

Don and Erik 25th Feb 2012

Graeme and Ky on the broad reach home comfortably in the lead

Don and Erik about to cross the finishing line

George and Dean 25th Feb 2012. Dean filled in at the last moment as crew but the 20 knot noreaster was a tough assignment for a first up crew on a VJ

Pics from the 2012-2013 Teralba season:

Odin and Erik on ‘Bird Of Prey’ 20-10-12

Odin and Erik #2

Odin and Erik #3

Returning to shore at Teralba Sailing Club

Graeme and Ky aboard ‘Leithall Too’

Don Cross and new crew Dylan aboard ‘Hornet’

Don and Dylan reach back towards the clubhouse in a fresh southerly

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Vaucluse Junior (Vee Jay) sailing dinghy 2012 new rig

The new 2012 VJ rig had its first outing on 17th December 2011 with the arrival of Justin Mitchell’s 2 mainsails. We have also redesigned the jib and spinnaker and will feature these soon in other photos

George Probert’s  ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’ and the new 2012 mainsail design (and the older 2002 jib)

Graeme Talbot’s ‘Leithal II’ with the 2012 new mainsail design and the 2012 jib

Greg Fryer designed the 2012 VJ mainsail, jib and spinnaker with assistance from George Probert, Don Cross and Graeme Talbot.

Justin Mitchell from Mitchell Sails Toronto Lake Macquarie NSW made the 2 mainsails pictured above. Material used in the mainsails is Dimension-Polyant 4oz “Skiff laminate” which is see-through.

Material used in Justin Mitchell’s VJ jibs is Dimension-Polyant ‘180 Square HTP Plus’ Dacron

For more info please see the Dimension-Polyant website:

http://www.dimension-polyant.com/en/Sailcloth_Technology_2.php

'Go Hard Or Go Home' with new Justin Mitchell jib and mainsail

George received the new jib from Justin Mitchell on Saturday 28th January 2012.

Main and jib are made to the new VJ 2012 design.

Hornet and new Barracouta mainsail 18th Feb 2012

Don Cross debuted his new mainsail on saturday 18th Feb 2012.  Produced by Neil Tasker of Barracouta Sails, the main is made from Dimension-Polyant Flex 07 Black Aramid laminate.

Material used in Neil Tasker’s VJ jib is Dimension-Polyant ‘180 OD HTP Plus’ Dacron

Material used in Neil Tasker’s VJ spinnaker is Dimension-Polyant ‘CHS 0.75 oz’ spinnaker nylon

Hornet and new Barracouta main #2 18th Feb 2012

Hornet with new Barracouta mainsail and VJ crews 18th Feb 2012

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