"The Sailfish is a light yet incredibly robust little boat, able to punch along in heavy conditions that can force the retirement of other dinghies. It is quick to plane, and hugely exciting off the wind, especially in a good breeze.
"...the Australian Sailfish originated in Victoria. In the 1970's there were strong club fleets in Melbourne and country Victoria. In New South Wales, there were clubs fleets in Sydney, on Wentworth Falls Lake in the Blue Mountains, and on the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains. There were also boats racing in Queensland and also, as I understand, in Papua New Guinea.
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From a newspaper article, a photo of Jack Carroll, one of the designers of the Australian Sailfish.
Chris built his championship winning Janus in 1970. The frame and stringer construction is well shown in the two following photos.
Chris in Janus in some breeze.
A photo of one of the starts at a Championship.
Chris and Janus featured in the newspaper.
Two other racing photos from the newspaper.
The Australian Sailfish made a good father/daughter sailboat for Chris.
I'm guessing that Chris is around the same age as the blogmeister and this is a more recent photo. At our age, I also pile on as much protection from the sun as possible. Chris writes that Janus still gets wet at least once a summer.