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Become Part of the Fisher Peterson Tillett History!
The Fisher Peterson Tillett (FPT) youth regatta has always been a friendly and enjoyable event with a focus on participation for all concerned. As the next FPT is almost upon us it is a good time to reflect on the history of this event.
It all started in 1967, forty-nine years ago, on the Patawalonga . The Fisher Trophy Regatta was instigated by Arthur Fisher, in remembrance of his father Tom, providing a regatta for our very own South Australian dinghy. Holdfast Trainers (Holdies) from all clubs were invited along to participle, with a huge success rate of approximately 60 boats per regatta. It was always Arthur's intention that it be a friendly and enjoyable event with a focus on participation for all concerned. It has become a tradition that the club provides afternoon tea for the parents and some after race nourishment for the competitors.
Arthur had the amazing Fisher Trophy made by one of his colleges at the Stevedoring company in which Arthur worked. The Fisher Trophy now sits in pride of place in the Sunny South Memorial Room in the Adelaide Sailing Club.
With growing numbers of Cadets in SA, it was decided that they should also be included in the regatta, which remained hugely popular until the Pat became unusable due to pollution, when the regatta was unable to be held.
In the 80s, Neville Wild, Chairman of the Glenelg Sailing Club’s junior Group, and John Clifton, the Club Coach, revived this exciting regatta, with the first one held at Misery Point on West Lakes. This was attended by Arthur Fisher, who had the Fisher Trophy completely refurbished. The year following, the Fisher Trophy Regatta was held on the sea at Glenelg Sailing Club (now Adelaide Sailing Club), where it has remained ever since. It was at this point that Nick Peterson arranged for both the Peterson and Tillett families to become involved, both donating trophies for 3o3s and Cadet classes.
The trophies have now been realigned to reflect the current classes which are sailed, as well as introducing other trophies including the Opti Cup and the Open Bic Trophy.
The Fisher Peterson Tillett Youth Regatta has become a major sailing regatta in South Australia, welcoming any junior classes to enter- Not an event to miss!