Lifelong friends Bob Oatley AO and Bill Buckle OAM will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to sailing at the Yachting Australia Awards in Sydney on Friday night.
Oatley and Buckle both started sailing as teenagers and at age 17 and 19 respectively, Bill and Bob formed what would become the Balmoral 12ft Sailing Club. The Club prospered and soon had a fleet of 15 12ft skiffs racing each year. Now called the Balmoral Sailing Club, it celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
In 1967 Oatley joined Middle Harbour Yacht Club and began racing a Yachting World Diamond. His commercial activities however – the coffee industry in New Guinea and …
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