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Cairn Curran Sailing Club: Etchells sailors trade class for lake regatta

Brian Reynolds  competin the Cairn Curran Sailing Club Regatta

Brian Reynolds competin the Cairn Curran Sailing Club Regatta

Well-known Etchells sailors Bradley Ginnivan & John Warlow, who sail together on their Etchells, Logan Hookers, will be trading places after the Etchells Australian Championship at Southport next week to sail a Finn against each other the following weekend in central Victoria.

Bradley’s twin brother, Craig, is the current Commodore of the Cairn Curran Sailing Club and has been working tirelessly to make sure the regatta is a success, with current entries well above 100 boats, 15 of which will be Finns. Not even Sail Melbourne had that many boats last year.

Craig said, “the Finns will have their own start and course which will make for some close racing on the lake, some of Victoria’s best sailors will be lining up against Ginnivan and Warlow, with the likes of Phil [pencil] Chadwick, ex-14 and Fireball Australian champion, Campbell Myles, James Maskiell both ex Australian Fireball champions, Brian Carroll , Tony Parkes, John Shelvey, & Brian Reynolds.”

“Australian Etchells class President, Jake Gunther, will also be sailing, just to name a few”, Brad said. “Boats from as far away as South Australia, Swan Hill and Sydney were also making the trip to the lake. The sailing club has five regular Finns sailing each week, but with the club running the event, all members have been asked to do the duty which makes it impossible for them to sail.”

It was Craig’s idea to give up his boat to his twin and the rest of the members followed suit. For some of the sailors, like John Warlow, this will be either the first or second time in a Finn. This will make it very interesting sailing downwind with the pumping rule to be open slather.

Below is Craig & Bradley Ginnivan with longtime friend, local Bendigo lad and America’s Cup Sailor Glen Ashby in the “Jack Ginnivan Lounge” last year

Below is Craig & Bradley Ginnivan with longtime friend, local Bendigo lad and America’s Cup Sailor Glen Ashby in the “Jack Ginnivan Lounge” last year

 

Cairn Curran Sailing Club was founded by four members in 1956 including Bradley & Craig’s father Jack Ginnivan, the lounge area which is named “THE JACK GINNIVAN LOUNGE” is the centre piece of the club, the club also has a great bar, kitchen an amenities, with a large deck overlooking the water it’s a great family club. Camping is also permitted over the regatta period, anyone looking for a great inland place to sail come along for a sail, the regatta is open to all off the beach classes including trailer sailors, the club is situated 20 minutes from Castlemaine and about one and a half hours from Melbourne.

The regatta dates are November 23rd and 24th with six races to be sailed.

By Bradley Ginnivan