Latitude 28 by Ian Grant

Cape Pillar workboat meticulously restored by well-known boat builder Ian Eastgate for her proud new owner fourth generation Moreton Bay boatie Simon McGuire.Rebirth of Cape Pillar’s work boat

Memories from the time when the Australian coastal lighthouses were serviced by the vessels Cape Leeuwin, Cape Don and Cape Pillar came flooding back during a visit to a Tingalpa Boat shed last month.
It was a time to reflect on the time when the 74m Cape Pillar powered by her Australian manufactured 5-cylinder Polar M65 T engine driving a 4-blade 2.75m Kamewa controllable pitch propeller docked in the Brisbane River.
The Cape Pillar a custom built lighthouse vessel, built to travel on the shipping lanes from tropical North Queensland to the chilly fringe of the Roaring Forties and Macquarie Island, carried a robust cargo-transporting workboat on her foredeck.
Since the decommissioning of the Cape Pillar her lovely little Norman Wright and Sons built workboat initially launched from the Bulimba boatyard in 1971 has spent some lonely hours gathering dust high and dry on the bank of the Brisbane River.
The vessel loved by the third generation members of the famed Brisbane boat building family Bill and Ian Wright became a work in progress restoration project and due to a heavy work load was never completed, leaving the Cape Pillar work boat to rest in her cradle.
Thankfully her majestic timber constructed hull shape has now been meticulously restored by well-known boat builder Ian Eastgate for her proud new owner fourth generation Moreton Bay boatie Simon McGuire.
Now named Nell C this 9.24m maple planked, cold-moulded workboat now exhibiting a glossy makeover will enter a new chapter in the colourful history of her 40 year log book. Her owner Simon McGuire clearly showed his personal pride when he inspected the restoration project last week.
“My initial intention was to buy another Norman Wright built launch Scotia but Ian Wright decided it was not for sale.”
“However, I was then told the former Cape Pillar fast survey workboat which was in need of some tender loving care was on the market so there was no need for me to look any further,” Simon McGuire said.
Nell C has that proven old world charm and a work history of being a top quality sea boat which will provide her new owner with endless hours of enjoyment when he stands at the helm as the vessel cruises along on Moreton Bay.

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OceanBuro sets the pace

Highly respected Mooloolaba Ocean racing sailor Rod Jones invested wisely into the future development of Australian One-Design racing when he successfully introduced the Dart SB3 sports boat class to the national sailing scene in 2008.
The class is now recognised as the fastest growing in the World. The Australian fleet, managed in Queensland by the Rod Jones’ Sunshine Coast based OceanBuro Performance Sailing Company, has attracted interest from the nation’s best sailors including multiple World title Gold Medallists Glenn Bourke and Nathan Outteridge.
Last month Oceanburo and the progressive Maroochy Sailing Club co-hosted the Wintersun fleet racing championship off Mooloolaba.
This regatta at the excellent yacht racing destination off the Coral Sea landmark of Pt Cartwright played a major role in the further development, as the exciting Tony Castro designed Dart SB3 one-design sports boat class heads on a gaining tack towards hosting the World Championship at Hamilton Island in December 2012.
Meanwhile the Wintersun series attracted a strong fleet including the Rod Jones helmed Club Marine and the former Australian 505 champion Phil Gray in Dulon Polish.
Both skippers who have an intensely competitive attitude shared pre-event favouritism with the talented Queensland Academy of Sport Olympic Laser sailor Klade Hauschildt and Sydney Olympian Ian Brown.
SB3 Dart racing at Hamilton Island.Klade Hauschildt teamed up with Maroochy River sailing mates Toby and John Pearce in what represented a bold challenge in their inaugural Wintersun series.
They faced a steep learning curve, however, Klade Hauschildt proved the tactical skills accrued from match racing in the Laser class would earn the respect from rival skippers Rod Jones, Phil Gray and Ian Brown.
Naturally the prevailing wind and sea conditions played a part in separating the best from the rest, with Rod Jones and his burley crew mate Greg MacAllansmith being respected following their deserved fourth in Zhik World championship in England earlier this year.
For Rod Jones a dual Audi Australian IRC ocean racing champion the challenge of returning to the helm of Club Marine as the deputy for Glenn Bourke was not a problem as the crew continue with their preparations for the Wild Oats Trophy series during the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in late August.

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Queenslanders bring home gold in Germany

Queensland Academy of Sport sailing team members Alex Gough, Angus Galloway, Josh Franklin and Lewis Brake convincingly won Gold Medals at the International Kiel Week in Germany.
All four sailors along with female Radial Laser class skipper Ashley Stoddart, who finished with the top of the class Youth award in Kiel, completed an outstanding result for Australia before the team lined up for the 2011 Volvo World Youth championship in Zadar, Croatia.
The 18-year-old 420 sailors Gough and Galloway who race under the prestigious Royal Queensland YS burgee completed their final regatta in Australia winning the Sail Mooloolaba class championship with a perfect score in mid-June
Their result in Germany was a fitting reward for the teenage Australian 420 class dinghy champions after gear failure robbed them from winning a medal during the 2010 Volvo World Youth championship in Turkey.
The Australians, known to race fast in the stronger wind range, firmed a grip on a major medal winning three of the first six races.
They continued to revel in 18-20 knot winds but Gough and Galloway still had to apply a safe tactical strategy to finish with the Gold Medal ahead of the 177 boat fleet representing the World’s top sailing nations.
This result has left little doubt about their ability to successfully sail their dinghy in the fast lane when the breeze blows above 15 knots, which has secured a top ranking to possibly become the first Australian male crew to win a 420 World Youth championship in Croatia. (Mooloolaba’s Lisa Charlson and her Brisbane Girls Grammar School class mate Sarah Roberts-Thomson showed their class under the coaching of Adrian Finglas to win the 1998 ISAF World Youth series in Cape Town.)
Alex Gough and Angus Galloway after winning the 420 class in Kiel.Meanwhile Australian team mates Josh Franklin (18) and his highly skilled 17-year-old crew mate Lewis Brake have also emerged as a top medal prospect in the Youth World 29er class championship following their Gold Medal success at their first ever regatta in Europe.
They finished all eleven races in the top seven and firmed a positive step towards the medal dais when they cleverly outpaced their 82 rivals with wins in races 3, 4 and 5.
The race score of 4-2-5-7-6 wrapped up an impressive win for the young QAS sailors who proved their talent and ambition, like Alex Gough and Andrew Galloway, to have the potential of taking the next career step towards racing competitively in the Olympic 49er skiff and 470 dinghy classes.

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Skipper Galloway continues to dominate

John Galloway laid further claim to the title as tactical master of Pioneer Bay when he helmed Queensland Marine Services to a runaway win in the Whitsunday Sailing Club Maurice Drent Boating Services series
Kieler Woche 29er class winners Josh Franklin and Lewis Brake at the Australian Youth Championship in January.Skipper Galloway and crew, well-known for their ability to sail smart and fast in all wind and sea conditions, clearly dominated when they claimed both the corrected time and line honours double.
Queensland Marine Services is always rated among the top contenders to feature in the handicap places and her crew rarely pilot the comfortable cruiser racer to win line honours over the larger and faster Questionable Logic, Another Fiasco and Reignition.
But that changed in the tricky wind system when both skipper John Galloway and crew sailed every wind variation on merit to win the line honours by 1 minute 59 seconds ahead of the Terry Archer steered AC 40 Questionable Logic, while the former Rolex Sydney Hobart Performance handicap champion the Scott Jutson designed Another Fiasco finished third.
Selecting the best tactical options with the wind that blows over the deck has allowed the Queensland Marine Services crew to firm a strong grip on the five race Maurice Drent Boating Services trophy with their impressive 1-4-2-1 score.
Their consistency in all the sprint type races in recent months suggests that Queensland Marine Services, providing they are not ‘slugged’ with an impossible handicap, could be a front runner for a major place in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week regatta later this month.
Meanwhile her crew, buoyed with the result of outpacing the pacesetters Questionable Logic, Another Fiasco and Reignition to claim a rare line and handicap double, will purposely focus their attention on maintaining a tidy tactical strategy.
Both skipper and crew will no doubt become a target for tactical attention when the sails are tensioned for the final race of the series.
However, based on the result from last week, the only challenge facing John Galloway is for the relatively modest skipper to prepare a speech when Club Commodore and rival skipper Kevin Fogarty presents him with the Maurice Drent Boating Services trophy.
This is a fitting reward for the skipper and crew who understand the value from outsailing the fleet by a commanding 4 minute 59 seconds to form a vice type grip on the series.
But that result is now history and they will need to again sail tactically smart to protect their reputation as the fastest sailing team on Pioneer Bay when the interstate fleet tension their sails for the important Meridien Marianas Airlie Beach Race Week championship later this month.