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, high performance yacht for national and international racing.
The main requirements were low cost, high performance with planning capabilities. To meet these demands, an easily driven, light displacement design was indicated. Jack Holt was commissioned to design the boat.
In 1961 the new untried Yachting World Diamond won the famous ''Round the Island Race'' (Isle of White, England), launching the boat as a real contender as a small racing yacht.
With that success, boats were instantly under construction in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and even New Zealand. All these early boats were registered and numbered consecutively under the International numbering system. A couple of years later, as so many boats were being built, Australia adopted its own numbering system for boats.
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.
Early next year we will have Diamond Sailing Shirts, These shirts are designed specifically for sailing. They are sweat wicking and UPF 50+ and carry the Diamond Logo on the front with a large full colour graphic on the back.
Each boat that is paid up with association Fees will be supplied with 4 shirts - one for each crew member. Extra shirts will be available to purchase.
What's coming up.