Robe Yacht Club


Robe Yacht Club History


In the beginning...

The Robe Yacht Club was formed in the late 1920s. Mr Andrew Robson of "Lakeside" was voted Commodore; Mr Hurtle Fax of the Robe Hotel, Vice Commodore and Mr Reg Jarvis, Postmaster of Robe, was Secretary.

Regattas were held on Boxing Day each year. Mr Keith Bowman from "Poltalloch" Station would bring his boat called the "Dora Bassett" down to Robe every Christmas holidays, which he would enter in a sailing race against Mr Hurtle Fax's boat called the "Evelyn Mavis", together with a couple of fishing boats. They would also have a motor race with the same boats. As well, they would race their dinghies with oars, and then attach their outboard motors, racing them as speed boats. Occasionally they would use sails for races but, unfortunately, they did not have the small sailing boats which we have today.

Mr Reg Jarvis built the wooden racing boats, "Margy J". "The Playmate" and "Johnnie Walker" (the fastest). The other men who raced in those days were:

   Jack and Bert Hateley

   Richard S Cullen

   Perce Reid

   Jack Bennett

   Tom Brown

   Hugh Davis

The course selected for those early races was marked out north-west from the old jetty across to where the caravan park is today, and back to the jetty across to where the boats were always moored. Families observing used the beach both sides of the jetty.

Since 1954, Hooper's Beach has been used for the sailing scene, with the course for races being set west across Guichen Bay, north and east towards Long Beach and back.

The Robe Yacht Club is now located on Karatta Beach.

A.L. Dawson


Robe Yacht Club Inc (Affiliated with the South Australian Yacht Racing Association)

The Robe Yacht Club was re-formed on 7th March, 1954, after a considerable period of recess. The first Commodore was Mr Rick Cawthorne, Vice Commodore was Mr John D Lea, Secretary was Mrs Jenny Gilkes.

The following men have held the post of Commodore since then:

   1955   T O'Grady

   1956   F Squire

   1957-1964   R Cawthorne

   1965   Dr Magarey

   1966-1967   M Sutherland

   1968-1969   F Squire

   1970-1971   R Jackman

   1972   J Goode

   1973-1974   G Squire

   1975-1976   T Adams

   1977-1980   J Lea

   1981   G Baulch  

   1982-1983   R Castine

   1984-1987   M Legoe

   1988   H Nolan  

Patrons are:   Mr Eric Shaw & Mr Nigel MacGillivray

Special events have been:

   1959   The "V.J." Championships were hosted

   1969 & 1971   The Adelaide to Robe Yacht Race was held

   1979   The "Redgum" Yacht Squadron first challenged

   1983   Sailing Classes commenced

   1986   Adelaide to Robe Yacht Race revived

   1988   The "Young Endeavour" was hosted in Robe

(excerpt taken from "Dips and Drinks" - Robe Yacht Club Recipe Book 1988)

Robe Yacht Club

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The District Council of Robe is located in one of the most diverse and exciting areas within the state of South Australia. Situated along SA's magnificent Limestone Coast, this historic seaside port has an abundance of attractions on offer.

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Royal Circus, Robe SA 5276

Phone: 08 8768 2003