The April Clinker Dinghy course

Students at the beginning of their 7 week course with instructors Pete Laidlaw and Mike Johnson

Students at the beginning of their 7 week course with instructors Pete Laidlaw and Mike Johnson

In April 5 students joined us to complete a Clinker Dinghy building course.  Students came from varied backgrounds. Wayne from Northern NSW who reconnected with his earlier industrial arts teaching skills; Max who had recently finished high school in country Victoria; Jay a Canadian backpacker looking for cool experiences; Ellie a British backpacker looking to extend her cabinet making skills; and Ray a psychologist from Melbourne.

Ray, Jay and Max who were instructed by Pete Laidlaw to build 'Jeanie', Max's rowing dinghy.

Ray, Jay and Max who were instructed by Pete Laidlaw to build 'Jeanie', Max's rowing dinghy.

Together the group built two clinker dinghies a rowing and sailing version. 

Mike Johnson with students Ellie and Wayne.  Wayne made the sailing version of the 11.4' dinghy to sell at the next Wooden Boat Festival.

Mike Johnson with students Ellie and Wayne.  Wayne made the sailing version of the 11.4' dinghy to sell at the next Wooden Boat Festival.