2018 Diamond State Championships
7 race series with one drop over 2 days. Course area; Hobsons Bay.
Weather: Saturday - Light and variable with expected change to come through (20-30 knts).
4 races scheduled
Mystery (Cameron Mead and his crew) showed the rest of the fleet how to sail in light winds. They picked every shift and wind channel to get winning boat on day one.
The last race for the day (race 4 was abandoned due to up to 37 knots coming through).
Mystery had just taken the lead on the first downhill leg when the race was abandoned.
Results after Day 1
Mystery 1, 1, 2 = 4 points
Osprey 3, 4, 1 = 7 points
Redback 4, 2, 3 = 9 points
Lucy 2, 3, 5 = 10 points
Rough Cut 7, 6, 4 = 17 points
Pascol 6, 5, 6 = 17 points
Loose Rocks 5, 7, 7 = 19 points
Irish Logic 9,9,9 = 27 points
Weather: 12-17 knts W-SW.
4 races scheduled
Redback (Paul Cannon and crew)showed their skill and experience in the fresher breeze by totally dominating the second day.
On the second race the 1st place finish between Redback and Lucy was so close it was deemed a draw and each boat getting 1.5 points for the tied finish.
Results for Day 2
Redback 1, 1.5, 1, 1 = 4.5 points
Mystery 2, 3, 2, 3 = 10 points
Lucy 3, 1.5, 4, 2 = 10 points
Osprey 4, 4, 3, 4 = 15 points
Loose Rocks 5, 6, 6, 5 = 22 points
Rough Cut 6, 5, 5, 7 = 23 points
Pascol 7, 9, 7, 6 = 29 points
Irish Logic 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36 points
Final Placings (with 1 drop applied)
Overall placings were:
- Sail No. 157, REDBACK - Paul Cannon, total points: 9.5
- Sail No. 191, MYSTERY - Cameron Mead, total points: 11
- Sail No. 188, LUCY IN THE SKY - Calum Brenan, total points: 15.5
- Sail No. 152, OSPREY - Tim Feore, total points: 19
- Sail No. 138, ROUGH CUT - Chris Warren, total points: 33
- Sail No. 187, LOOSEROCKS - Stuart Ford, total points: 34
- Sail No. 182, PASCOL - A Wilson/ S Neilson, total points: 37
- Sail No. 160, IRISH LOGIC - Doug Prosser, total points: 54
Re-Birth from the Farm
Neil Cusworth has a passion for timber yachts. More specifically he is in love with Yachting World Diamonds. So when he asked myself what would we have to do to make his current cruising Diamond more competitive too race in the state titles. The answer was ''Get a race boat and restore Dianna for timber boat festivals solely!''
The search was on for a timber boat that we could make into our own. A few phone calls later - Then this Happened!!!
What started out as ''make a few mods and give it a quick lick of paint'' has morphed into a complete refit.
When we acquired Kaos (formerly Eclipse) from Tim's farm (owner of Osprey at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club) we knew had a lot on. What we didn't realise at that stage was how far we would go with the project. It was fair to say ''we have bitten off a shit load and now we need to chew like hell.''
Y W Diamond 119 ''Eclipse'' has been stripped back completely to its shell and ring frames and over the last 6 months, has had 3 1/2 months of love and swearing in an effort to lighten the old girl within reason. Every component has been removed and the only existing fixture with in the yacht is the rudder tube.
A little insight as to what we have done.
Objective - open up cockpit and have all controls lead under floor to mainsheet trimmer.
- - repair hole in starboard deck and topside
- - cut out and fix a further 7 old repairs to the hull and deck
- - rebuild 4 ring frames and bond to hull
- - replace both starboard side chainplates and knees
- - remove rot from 6 areas of the boat including a lot of scarfing of timber and plywood
- - remove 7 layers of paint from the topsides
- - remove 5 layers of paint from deck
- - grind and glass several areas of Dynel sheathing
- - new halyard bridge deck (clear coat carbon wrap)
- - rebuild broken splash
- - build aft traveller (clear coat carbon wrap, same as the diamond rough cut at Royals)
- - build centre console to open up cockpit
- - build new thwart (replaces 1 floor joist and braces console)
- - new bulkhead, floor and deck knees
- - new chute mouth and flange
- - new chute tube with drain to cockpit
- - modify the furler to have genoa luff tension to run back to console
- - new compression post
- - new mast base
- - new rig
- - news ails
- - 95% new deck gear and winches
- - all new cordage
- - purchase 2nd hand Etchell hardstand cradle
With that said we are not far from launch.
Rig will be delivered today (mast, boom and Kite pole tube). new sails are measured and are itching to get wet. Paint is drying and owner is as keen as mustard to get amongst it!
All that is left to do is go sailing .....well almost !
Amazing what some work will do.
From a discarded converted diamond worth nothing, to a fine looking racing machine.
Our UK brothers have done a magnificent job in restoring the first fibreglass boat built by Bristol Aeroplane Plastics back in the early 1960's.
Restored and seen sailing in the Royal Dart Yacht Club Classic Regatta.
Famous re-vamped Diamond hits water in UK.
For those that don't know the story...
A guy in UK by the name of Kit, bought and restored the first fibreglass diamond ever built. The boat was originally build by Bristol Aeroplane Plastics back in the early 1960's and at some later stage, the boat had been converted into a cruiser - with cabin and downstairs, see photo!
Kit, has restored the diamond to an original and he was in Melbourne last week and came out for a Wednesday night race. Kit has also just purchased a suit of sails from Doyle Sails.
We look forward to getting some news of how the new sail perform.
Click on the links to read the full story of the boat (PDF)
Bristol 1 winning Round the Island Race 1961.pdf
Bristol 1 winning Round the Island Race 1961.pdf
50th Anniversary of Diamonds.
All past and present Diamond sailors, come and join the celebrations at RYCV on Saturday night, 18th June 2011.
$50 per head for Dinner and Band. Drinks at bar prices!
Organise a table or just join the fun, RSVP to Cameron Mead - 0417 342 725 or
him before 18th May please.
Boats weigh in
As you all know we weighed all the boats except Challenger and here are the results.
Corsair 1,065 kg
Irish Logic 1,210 kg
Lucy 1,115 kg
Mystery 1,200 kg
Osprey 1,150 kg
Redback 1,160 kg
Rough Cut 1,155 kg
Zircon 1065 kg
Diamonds go to the greens
I would like to invite you all to a night on the grass at Spotswood Kingsville RSL 7.00 to 11.30pm start
The night will be the first diamond lawn bowls tournament the teams to be put together closer to the date and numbers of participating bowlers
The cover charge $20.00per head includes a barby and bowls. Gary Fell is putting up the state champions trophy for the winning team and cam is putting up the doe doe for the loser.
If you could RSVP as soon as you can I can throw some numbers at them.
There will be a person to show you how to bowl so it a goer.
Canít wait to get my hands on the trophy.- Marshall Gibbs
Season is not far off
As you will all be aware the sailing season is upon us once again. The first race is the Range Series so make sure you all get your entries in. Also please put your Wednesday night entries in as we need at least 6 boats to get our own start.
Doug gets HAMMERED at Bucks Days
Last week as most of you know, we all went out to celebrate Doug Prosser's (Mystery crew member) Bucks Day. All went well with the majority - as most, specially Doug can't remember leaving the 3rd drinking spot. Mind you we found him on his bike, but sideways, laying in the middle of the road.
For those that can't remember we did another 4 pubs (I think) after that.
Our sympathy to Mick Hoy, after his face plant off the push bike. Facial reconstruction was done the next day as his blood alcohol level was well over 0.2. - The doctors were enquiring as to how he got all those red whelts on his arse! - They assumed he was repeatavely run over by motorbikes. Special thanks to the show girls with the whips at the Spottie Hotel for that!
New Diamond Website
Features crew login where you can select a yacht to race on, and have access to other crew members details...