Welcome to the Yachting World Diamond.
The Y.W. Diamond is a 9 metre keelboat originating in England in 1958 when the editors of Yachting World magazine sought ideas for a reasonably priced yacht for national and international racing. Jack Holt was commissioned to design the boat.
The main requirements were low cost and high performance. To meet these demands, an easily driven, light displacement design was indicated.
Diamonds are a one design, open keel boat class and have a mainsail, genoa and spinnaker. Sails can only be made from Dacron cloth - no exotics allowed, carbon fibre is restricted to use on booms, tillers and kite poles. No carbon materials are to be used in the hull or deck construction.
Genoas are generally on a furling forestay and the spinnaker is launched via a shute.
The maximum crew compliment consists of four - two crew on trapeze and with the helmsman and trimmer swinging from hiking straps.
Diamonds constantly prove to be a very competitive boat, even against modern, mixed keel boats especially when the breeze is up around 20 knots plus.
Boats are actively sailing out of Royal Yacht Club of Victoria - Williamstown, Hobson Bay Yacht Club - Williamstown and Royal Geelong Yacht Club - Geelong, all these clubs are located on Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia.
Boats can be built from Timber Plywood, Aluminum or Fibreglass. The Victorian Diamond association owns a complete set of moulds to produce glass boats. These moulds are available to anyone wishing to construct a boat.
There is Logic!
Irish Logic is coming.
New owners, new paint job.
Mark Eaton and Doug Prosser have joined forces to revamp Irish Logic.
Currently being worked on in Doug's warehouse - gotta love a big shed!
She is about to get a nice new 2 pack spray job and the boys are expecting to have the boat back at Royals before the summer series commences.
Well attended and a few sore heads!
This year's presentation night was held at a restaurant in Williamstown with 60 people attending.
Trophies were handed out with the bulk of the silverware going to "Lucy" - the team of Calum, Clive and Big Steve. Well done boys! (see if you can keep it up for the coming season)
What's coming up.