Old Timer’s Tackle Trophy
It’s that time of year again, where the club hosts the prestigious “Old Timers” race and luncheon. The Old Timers’ race which pre dates the modern Olympics, has now become one of the most coveted events on the sailing calendar and is scheduled for the 14 April.
The Old Timers’ race consists of a short non spinnaker “round the cans” style race in Pittwater. The race starts at 1100hrs and unlike previous years, the Luncheon will be after the race along with the prize giving.
Also hotly contested is the Old Timers quiz, which keeps everyone’s brains ticking over as they answer difficult questions such a “How many sheep did the club have on premises in 1956?”, such questions that you won’t be able to rely on your iPhone to answer! (The answer if you are wondering is three!”)
The best performing boat on handicap will have their name engraved amongst other yachting legends on the beautiful Old Timers perpetual trophy, which is in memory of (Bill) W Headley Wiseman.
An 'Old Timer' is a member who is 65 years of age and has been a member for at least 10 years.
To enter the race and nominate your Skippering Old Timer, download the entry form here or see the Sailing Office. Lunch bookings via Reception.
Trophy came about after our father, Bill Wiseman, died in 1993. He had been a club member since the war. Going through his desk we found the piece of Sperm whale tooth which has been carved into a deadeye.
He had picked it up somewhere around the Sydney waterfront which he knew well from his school years onward both crewing, and in wartime, security surveillance with the Naval Auxiliary Patrol.
To hold this piece of tooth and feel its density and strength, natural lubricant and polished surface was to realise we had live history in our hands. Somewhere on the high seas a whaler had the need to replace a deadeye in the standing rigging.
Having no suitable timber (usually lignum vitae was used, according to Wikipedia), he took this whale tooth and patiently carved the groove around the outside into which the standing rigging would be spliced (much like a metal thimble we would use in an anchor line). Then he bored through and formed the three grooves to receive the lanyard and polished them to effectively become a triple block without sheaves or axle. The lanyard would be hauled tight through another deadeye on the gunwale to tension the shroud – our modern day turnbuckle.
How many years did it withstand the elements? Who could not bear to discard it when it was replaced? Who passed it on to Dad? To hold it was to know we could not toss it out now.