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  1. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    I got to know John when I sold his trailerable called Cripple Creek Ferry. He sailed on our Elliott 10 Sportscar a few times too. Outstanding TV camera man and such a sad end. One of the good ones Couta.
  2. The 70th Brisbane to Gladstone race.

    GW was a bit bigger than WT at 50ft Built in Melb by/for the late John Hawley, a ripper bloke, gone way too soon.

    Sorry guys, we shot that start from the pin end and then moved along the line astern of the fleet. The first we saw of the incident was Team Hollywood dropping their jib and then we saw their mangled port side lifelines. We were not aware of who hit who until we got back to shore. Team Hollywood is now out of the water at Sandy undergoing repairs. They were polishing the whole hull yesterday and working up the rig today so I don't think shes a write off just yet. She is certainly a very different looking yacht, not particularly attractive in the commonly held view of yachts but she looks to be a potent weapon on the race track. She was getting faster every race as her crew got to know her better so it was a shame to see her knocked out like that. As for the protest, the event had assembled a pretty weighty jury in terms of their qualifications and experience so I would have faith in their decision. In the event itself, we saw some great sailing, and some not quite so great from a diverse fleet of quality boats in the three IRC divisional fleets. The racing was often very close and there were no easy wins for anyone, with good boat handling paying dividends. SYC Race Management was up to its usual very high standard and getting the 8 race program completed in the three days was well achieved. Others have tried to run this event in the past with far less success. AMS fleet was sailed on the Saturday only with 2 x w/ls and a shorter passage race than the IRC and Multi fleets. We didn't see much of them at all as they raced on a separate course to the IRC or multihull fleets although all boats finished on the same finish line right in front of the club which must have been a great spectacle for those watching from ashore.
  4. Australian Yachting Championship 2018

    Got myself the best seat in the house for this regatta , Access All Areas, driving the Press Boat for Event Photographer Alex McKinnon and Nic Douglass AKA the Sailor Girl. Should be a hoot, weather looking good, great fleet of competitive boats for three days of hot racing. Whats not to like?
  5. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Why is that? She did win a Hobart.
  6. Couta, one of the Anarchists is doing a big refit on Seaquesta in NZ.
  7. Wanted Missing VOR Skipper

    As LP was saying... There's a long back story to this regarding Witt's motivation to do the VOR in the first place,
  8. blooper time!

    Hey P-Wop, Here's Di Hard heading upwind in the King of the Derwent race, after the ''83 Hobart with that races' winner, Lou's S & S 46 Challenge 11 heading downwind/ upriver with a Blooper. Our paths have crossed a few times methinks. I was on Sangaree, Kanga Birtles Holland 44 at the time.
  9. The VOR Melbourne stopover in 2006 was an awesome experience for my family. A visit by some of the Movistar crew, Bouwe Xabi, Pepe Nitro and Spike, to Sandringham Yacht Club allowed my 6 year old son to meet up with some of his sailing heroes and they remain his heroes today when he is almost 18. Their generosity in showing us over the boat and spending time with my kids has gone a long way toward making Jack the young sailor he is today, He still has his cherished Movistar hat given to him by Pepe Ribes and he wont wear it while sailing in case he loses it. The first night he actually slept in it! During that stopover he was also given his first boat, an old wooden Opti, by the very generous Noel ''Nitro" Drennan from Movistar and that little boat started him on his sailing journey. Who knows where that may lead? Jack will be in Brisbane at a 29er event for much of the 2017-18 stopover but we will fly him home for a day so he gets an opportunity to see the fleet here again. RIP Spike.
  10. Sydney to Hobart 2017

    In excess of $300k and that's from the horses (Shane's) mouth a couple of years ago. I sold "Shenandoah 11" to the bloke he bought it from and have kept in touch with Shane throughout the project as a conduit to the White family who were responsible for the boats earlier exploits. There were a number of very important reasons why he wanted that particular boat and I don't think anyone can argue that the on-going program hasn't been remarkably successful. Many offshore owners have spent truckloads more fun tickets on their boat or, in some cases, boats (plural) than Shane has and have nothing like the pickle dishes or results to show for it. The man, and that special boat, are ocean racing legends!
  11. S2H v M2H - which is tougher?

    Thommo is very much alive and well although he remains incapacitated as a result of the unfortunate Apache incident. He is on FB if anyone cares to make contact. He is an active ocean swimmer and occasional disabled sailor. He was a great offshore sailor, always was and remains a great bloke. Reports of his demise are grossly exaggerated. He sailed with us occasionally on the Big Red Car and a long, long time ago I sold Bob Ross's first J24 'Bad News' to Thommo and his mate, Gary Martin. Thommo has threatened to write a book one day revealing tales of his past offshore sailing experiences and stories of those with whom he sailed - many Melbourne sailors would tremble at the prospect of such a publication.
  12. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    65 and still going strong, thanks for asking. Mrs S doing a fine job.
  13. scotw

    I know her type.She will just rope you in and string you along. She comes from a close knit family
  14. Are J/24s Still Fun?

    Still having fun in the downunder fleets! We have an active fleet of around 20 J/24's at Sandringham Yacht Club. These guys were seen not having much fun at all on their J/24 in the Opening Day sail-past last weekend.
  15. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Escapade was privately imported by her original owner. Rob was the second owner
  16. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Definitely a crowd. When they got her out of there the crowd all moved to the stern to try and keep the (missing) bow out of the water, sadly not effective.
  17. Any info on this boat?

    Great idea, tell him if he gives you a (really good) motorcycle, you'll take his boat off his hands.
  18. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    Name history was Spunspar Special, Mossimo, Dr Unc (for J Lindholm), then X-It Strategy back at RMYS.
  19. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    Stand by, photos coming later. You get a massive surge at the Portsea Pier caused by strong wind against very strong tide. Boats traditionally stayed there after the Cock of the Bay race tied to the pier with stern anchors out overnight in preparation for the West Coaster start the next day. The Farm dipped her nose under the pier with the huge surge and they tried hard to get her out with a crowd of sailors on her bow but eventually the bow sheared off (alloy construction) They tried to tow her to safety but she filled up and sank just out from the pier so they actually started the race with an isolated danger mark attached to her mast which had stayed upright. She lived to sail again.
  20. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    Brain Fade Alert! All the above history re the Masrm 30 refers to the boat now called X-It Strategy previously Mossimo and Spunspar Special, not X Rated. I had not been aware of another Masrm 30 in Melbourne at any time.
  21. "Heaven Can Wait" 24 hour Yacht Race

    The Masrm 30 X-Rated ex RMYS? If so she was previously owned at Sandringham by Johnny Lindholm and I brokered the sale to you guys for Johnny. I well remember the delivery from SYC up to RMYS after Johnny said there was plenty of diesel and we ran out off Brighton in no wind. Long sail after that. Prior to Johnny she was owned in Melbourne by the Mollison family and raced as "Mossimo" to replace their previous ill fated Inglis 30 Wedgetail that was wrecked on the RMYS breakwater. The Masrm 30 was originally sailed out of RPAYC on Pittwater where she was raced with alloy racks mounted in 2 tubes each side of the hull. Cant remember her original name but I do have a photo of the boat at RPAYC with the original racks around here somewhere. Edit: Spunspar Special was her original name!
  22. Syd-Hobart Yachts, Where are they Now?

    No, that was Rob Hopcrafts Adams 50' "Animal Farm"