Vale Andrew Strachan

Andrew Strachan, the history-making line honours winner of the tough 1993 Sydney Hobart with his Farr 47, Ninety Seven, passed away suddenly on Saturday evening.

Andrew only took delivery of Ninety Seven, distinguished by its 9797 sail number, in December 1993. With little time to prepare, pundits said the boat wouldn’t make it, it was too new and hadn’t had sufficient time on the water for tuning and to iron out any wrinkles.

However, the yachtsman and his crew silenced their critics when Ninety Seven took line honours in the race documented as one of the toughest on record, finished second overall and won division. She was the fourth smallest yacht in the history of the race to take line honours and remains the smallest to do so since Solveig in 1953.  

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By Di Pearson

Andrew’s friends are invited to attend his funeral service to be held at White Lady Funerals, Bateau Bay, on Tuesday 7 June at 10.30am. If you wish to attend, please contact Kims Beachside Retreat by phoning 4332 1566 for further details.

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