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420 Dinghy Sailing Perth For Sale

Posted by Ben, Jul 1 2006, 07:19 PM in Water Sports

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420 HIGH PERFORMANCE SAILING DINGHY FOR SALE @ $3,000

Dinghy Captain John Jackson of the Hillarys Yacht Club, said he was interested in starting a 420 division. I was searching for the benefit of corporate membership as opposed to Junior membership, in one of Perth's finest yacht clubs but my call from deep inside Royal Perth Hospital to the club dinghy captain on a noisy Melbourne tram was difficult to hear.
After visiting mum at RPH, we drove to the Hillarys Yacht Club and left our membership application at the reception desk of the yacht club.

I'd bought a 420 sailing dinghy for Jon who has just turned 10 the week before. Hopefully other sailors of the Sunset Coast will want to join the new 420 sailing class. 0428 910 166

That's us going about at Brighton Beach.

I had been to the Hillarys Yacht Club the previous weekend but found no information. Not even a flyer or calling card with phone contact details on the counter. Today we meet an informative and hospitable yacht club member and Rob whose son was a member of the dinghy sailing juniors. Thanks to both of you for taking time to inform and offer use of the yacht launch ramp.

It was a real challenge to rig a 420 yacht, a yacht I'd just bought in Perth but never seen before. There was no one to show us how to rig it on a Saturday as most sailing at the Hillarys Yacht Club is on Sunday. Any how I guessed and figured out the 420 rigging and straight after launching the 420 was into lots of tacking straight against a westerly wind up a VERY narrow channel between some of the most expensive yachts in Perth, berthed either side. Whilst I'd been sailing for a living for 10 years in the Cook Islands in the 1980s this was my first time at the helm of a small mono-hull with my son who had never been sailing. I had crewed a great sail on a 470 to Rottnest in the 1970's with Guy Hobbs at the helm.

When we sailed out of Hillarys harbour into the Indian Ocean, I was a bit nervous about whether the rigging was done properly so I gave the helm to Jon and went to the bow to check the rigging. While I was frigging about with the rigging I didn't realise Jon was about to jibe so only an urgent scramble to port saved us from capsizing and being washed up on the rocks protecting boats in Hillarys marina on the Sunset Coast.

The 420 handled well in the winter swell of the Indian Ocean. We returned to Hillarys harbour safely, half an hour before sunset but the driving light of the trailer I just bought a week before wasn't working so there was no time to de-rig and load the 420 sailing dinghy onto the yacht trailer. We parked the 420 yacht next to the other dinghies with the plan to return tomorrow. It was presumptuous but all 3 yacht club members I'd spoken with today seemed welcoming and hospitable so I guess if the committee don't accept our membership application, we'd have to sail in the Swan River instead. The advantage of sailing in the Swan is it is safer for young sailors and there are established, active 420 clubs teaching and racing on Perth waters. Disadvantages of Sailing on the Swan River are limited reaches and shallow sand bars in places to run a keel boat aground on. The advantage of Indian Ocean sailing is it's clean, clear sea water, and wide open spaces. Also the Hillarys Yacht Club located in the Hillarys marina is closer to most sailors of the Sunset Coast. There is only limited protection behind the 3 mile reef which goes from Trigg for thousands of kilometers parallel to the Western Australian coast.



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