As far as we know, the Port Phillip 12 (PP12) class sailing dinghy owned by the Wooden Boat Association is the last one in existence, however it would be great to be proved wrong about this.
The Port Phillip 12 is a 12 foot, two person, sloop rigged racing dinghy with similarities to the Gwen 12. The boats were built by Mouldcraft Pty Ltd at their factory in Frankston in the 1960’s.
After a lot of restoration work by club members, including our President, Chris Kelly, and some teething troubles (the mast went over the side) the PP12 is nearly ready for sailing again.
We need some interested members to keep the boat in sailing trim and take it sailing on the lake occasionally. The boat will be out on the lawns in front of the club on our Christmas Party day Dec. 13th, with our other club boats.
If you would like to rekindle the memories of the high performance dinghy sailing you enjoyed in your youth, then the PP12 is an opportunity to get wetsuited up and smothered in spray on a screaming reach! That’s my plan anyway.
The photo was donated to us by Jim Temple and is of his father’s PP12 sailing at Port Melbourne. If it inspires you to get involved come and have a talk to me or Graham Signorini, our Activities manager. Alternatively give me a call on 0467 097 196.