National E dinghies with kite
National E dinghies

The 54th Australian Championships for the National E dinghies (formerly known as Lazy Es) will be held at Gosford SC from 6 to 10 January 2020. It will be a significant regatta for South Australian David Wise who has been National Champion over a dozen times in the 54-year-old event but says this will be the last time he will compete. 

The ‘E’ is a traditional one-design sailing dinghy carrying a crew of two with trapeze and spinnaker. It’s 4.6m boat which gives the exhilaration of sailing an open planing hull but large enough to provide a degree of stability and comfort.  A few owners continue to compete in major events even in their 80s. It will be a pleasant change for all to be racing in the relative calm of Brisbane Water compared to their home waters of Spencer Gulf, Port Phillip Bay and Sydney Harbour Sound.

Peter Nixey
National E Sailing Association