Impulse Dinghies have commenced their race at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, as the Sabre dinghies manoeuvre at the start line, waiting for the starting signal, from Albert Sailing Club’s pontoon start boat, Ariel II, in Autumn 2017.
The painting was developed from my own experience of sailing on the lake and includes some of the active members boats of the time. The white buoy in the foreground is well known to the club members as the ‘yellow’ gate mark which is significant in the final stages of the race.
The single handed Impulse dinghy is a restricted one-design class, 4m in length, with a minimum weight of 47kg and a standard sail area of 7.8sqm. The dinghy was originally designed by Arthur Caldwell in Melbourne Australia during the mid-1970s as a home built plywood sports sailing dinghy that could be sailed on Port Philip Bay