In this time of plastics and composite materials the Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta is returning the spotlight to the classic timber dinghies of yesteryear. Once popular around the coast of Australia, often home-made, craft such as Gwen 12, Herron, Mirror and Sailfish have been slowly disappearing.
Now dinghy owners can gather each Australia Day Weekend to compete, both on and off the water, with other like-minded enthusiasts. Head to Inverloch to see the beautiful timbers and craftsmanship of restored or newly-built classic designs.
90th Anniversary of the Moth at Inverloch
The International Moth is the fastest single-handed dinghy class in the world today as a result of its hydrofoils and a carbon fibre hull weighing less than 10kg. This worldwide class had its humble beginnings in Inverloch in 1928 when Len Morris designed and built “Olive” which will be on display at the regatta.
The early class was known as the Inverloch Eleven Footer but the name Moth was adopted from a similar boat in the US.
The class still follows the original Australian rules of an 11ft hull and 80 sq ft sail but as a development class its design has evolved through variations of scow and skiff to the exciting craft of today. As a special event this year the regatta will be highlighting the Moth class with a ‘Cavalcade of Moths’ demonstrating variants all the way up to the modern International Moth.