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2018 State Championships – HBYC

The 2018 State Championships will be held at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club from Friday 12th January to Sunday 14th January. The Notice of Race will be released early November on this website plus notified by email to skippers and via Facebook.

Croatia Crusin’ by Steve (Espresso)

July, 2017 Armed with my newly acquired ICC certification I was able to book a week of cruising in the islands of Croatia. Dragging my family along we arrived in Trogir on Saturday at about 4pm which is a town about 30 minutes’ drive north of Split. These two are the newest cruising Mecca cities…


At this years Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta, there will be 11 S80s competing, representing all parts of Australia. Go to for details and results. Have fun!

The S80 Crew Bum Saver 2000®

You’ve all seen the toilet roll ads “Love Your Bum” well Thommo’s Creations Inc. proudly introduces the (drum roll) Crew Bum Saver 2000 system. The patented* design utilises the contoured hose pipe and a foam pad of the same height that tapers to the deck to create a comfortable surface that moulds to the contours…

Chainplates Check

All S80 owners are highly recommended to regularly check the conditions of their chainplates. There has been a few cases of them cracking and eventually breaking. For the safety of your rig, check them now! This from a West Australian S80 owner: Speaking as a mechanical engineer of 55 years of experience with the last…

The S80 2017 Hat competition – entries

We have received some very worthwhile entries in the 2017 Hat Competition. Let see where the S80 hats can end up during the year!   Sandy McManus (Recycled Reputation), at Leigh Creek which is almost 7 hours inland from Adelaide – very remote!                 Tim Campbell (Recycled Reputation),…

2017 State Championships Photos

Many thanks to James Walshe for his photography efforts on a windy Day 2 of the Championships. You can get out all of the photos on the Flickr webpage. Link to photos If you want to get a high resolution copy (for a small donation to James charity), send a message to the President.

Festival of Sails 2017 – Moonraker wins!

The 2017 Festival of Sails was held over three days with the Passage Race followed by two races on each of the following days. The 11 yacht competing were blessed with calmer conditions than the previous weekends State Championships with. In the passage race, the S80s benefitted with the South Easterly filling in with Skipjack…

SOLD! Georgia is up for sale

1986 Lead Keel built by Cavalier Yachts Well maintained, with everything required to go racing.  A good record in club racing and an attractive AMS handicap. Doyle Stratis Main,  No1, 2 and 3, all in very good condition.  Hooper Spinnaker – hardly used. Standing and running rigging all in good condition.  Yamaha 8 hp outboard….

Skipjack takes out the 2017 Champs

After the 3 days of close and tough sailing, Skipjack won the 2017 State Championships after a close tussle with defending Champion “Intrusion”. The fleet had to contend with a big variety of conditions with Friday going from 5 knots to 25 knots. Saturday was steady 20 to 25 knots for the 2 W/L and…

2017 Championships Results Page

For the 2017 State Championships, open this post and then click on the following link.

Sailing Instructions V1.1 – update 13/01/2017

Here is the link to the 2017 S80 State Championships Sailing Instructions V1.1 You will need to open this post to access the link. NOTE: Long Course 8 is missing the word ” – Finish” after Mark 19A Please amend your copy accordingly. S80 2017 SI Version 1.1

Championships General Information

2017 S80 Victorian Championship Royal Yacht Club of Victoria GENERAL INFORMATION Arriving at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Your marina berth will be allocated by RYCV. Contact Joel Taranto, Waterfront Services on 0410 867 720 before arrival to discuss where to go. Most yachts will go on the northern side of the marina close to…

In the Wind article

Click on the link to read a great article about Karen’s experiences at the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta. Hopefully she will be back next year! in-the-wind-awkr

Seen the video? Want to know more?

The S80 Association of Victoria has members at all of the keelboat sailing clubs in the Bay. If you are interested in crewing, going for a test sail or maybe buying an S80, contact the President, David Judge on 0417 526 438 or We would love to help you become part of one of…

S80 Class Video

“S80 Class” Sailing Video from S80 Associaton on Vimeo.

2016 Annual General Meeting

The 2016 AGM for the S80 Association of Victoria will be held as follows Date: Thursday 15th September 2016 Time: 7.30pm (Dinner available from 6pm) Venue: Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS)   Nominations for Committee positions will be available Agenda and RSVP information to follow.        

Merak Debrief – 18th August @ RMYS

Owners and crew of S80s are advised to attend this talk at RMYS. Start time is at 7.30pm until 9pm. Bas will provide information about what happened, how to stop if from happening and what you should do now. Dinner is available at RMYS but you must advised the Association if you are coming.

The Take One AWKR Experience

AWKR 2016 in Take One ….Race 5 …we were having a brilliant race …spinnaker up ,lets gybe it …whoops can’t get the pole back onto the mast -huge gust of wind and we were over so fast i don’t think we could have done anything to stop it… then one crew girl dropped onto the…

2016 AWKR

Some great racing at the 2016 Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta! Six S80s competing in true Melbourne winter conditions. Go to for all details and results.

The AWKR now offering a custom made boom cover for the boat owner of the winning S80

For the second year the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta AWKR is recognising and promoting S80’s as a great class of boat and ideal for the regatta. This year, as well as winning the Class Trophy, the winning S80 will also win a custom made boom cover for the boat, valued at approximately $700, generously been…

AWKR 2016

S80 Division available!

Club Marine Series 2015/16

Intrusion pulled off the “3 Peaks” by winning the season long Club Marine Series (S80 Scratch Results) to add to the earlier State Championships and Festival of Sails wins. Once again it was consistancy that made the difference with Luke and team winning 5 of the 9 races and coming close in the remainder. It…

Sad News

The S80 Association of Victoria committee, members and S80 sailors would like to pass on their condolences to the family and friends of Phillip Royal, a regular sailing on San Rafael out of Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Phillip suffered a suspected medical condition while racing on Saturday and passed away that night. Phillip competed in…

Club Marine GPS tracks – Race 7 & 8

Race 7 – 27th February Race 8 – 18th March

SOLD – Genie is up for sale!

1981 Swarbrick & Swarbrick S80 Genie was built for the Melbourne Boat show 1981 and has a plaque showing that it was a winner for this show. She is quite unique and well fitted out. She is still in very good condition and has been well loved. She handles very well and is quite fast…

A newbie at the States

Having owned Espresso, an S80 for all of 4 months I eagerly ventured forth to sunny Geelong to pit my whits and skills against 16 other skippers at the state championships. My daughter had asked what competition I had entered, so with swagger and poise I responded saying that it was the S80 State Championships…

S80 GIRLS repeat act in Sydney Harbour Regatta

The 11th Sydney Harbour Regatta was held under blue skies and a constant North East breeze last weekend.  The PHS Division 2 was hotly contested.  Here is our report from Ruth Lawrence from Alcamy, our favourite Sydney s80. Alcamy’s team, included myself (Ruth Lawrence) on helm, Bridget Canham, Siobhan Spoljaric, and Tash Miller. Sydney harbour…

S80s – Where are you?

To keep a record of the location of S80s in Australia and to develop the S80 community, the S80 Assocations of Victoria and WA are creating a database. So, if you know the location of a S80, in the first instance send an email to Roger Byrne ( or call 0419 509 873. Looking forward…

Winning Tips – Race 7 Replay

Winning tips – so, what does Instrusion do that you don’t? Well, you can find out on Thursday 25th Feb at SYC (Olympic Room) at 6.30pm. We are going to replay Race 7 of the State Championships, simulcasting the GPS tracker and video taken onboard Intrusion during the race, along with commentary from Luke. To…