Yachts of yesteryear to celebrate Sydney-Hobart in Parade of Sail

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received overwhelming support for its Parade of Sail, to be held prior to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on December 26, and staged in honour of the 70th Hobart and the Club’s 70th anniversary.

Up to 40 yachts will fittingly pay tribute to yachts and crews that have played a major role in the evolution of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, from its modest beginnings back in 1945 to its current status as one of this nation’s greatest sporting events.

Historic RAN vessel HMAS Advance will lead the fleet off. Two famous yachts from the inaugural race in 1945, Kathleen Gillett (kindly been made available by The Australian National Maritime Museum and to be skippered by Phil McKendrick), and Wayfarer, now owned by Peter and Gayle Smith, will lead the yachts.

Avidly watching will be the two surviving men who sailed in the 1945 race; Geoff Ruggles, who as a 21 year-old crewed or Wayfarer, and 88 year-old John Gordon, who sailed aboard Winston Churchill still actively sails an Access Dinghy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Others joining the 38 confirmed yachts include Archina (Joe Skrzynski and Bill Ferris) from the 1945 race, Christina (David Foster) and Defiance (Nicole Shrimpton) from the 1946 race.  Tiare Tomaszewski will pay tribute to her grandfather, the late great Jack Earl, owner of Kathleen Gillett and subsequently Maris, named for his daughter and Tiare’s mother.

Tiare has owned Maris for some years and is well aware of the significance of the Parade of Sail. “We are proud to be able to take part in this historic event and to represent the family. We were originally going to be sailing to Hobart before Boxing Day and spend Christmas at sea, but fate must have stepped in and now we are happy to be able to take part,” she said.

Father Mike and twin sister Leilani will be aboard Maris with Tiare and it is hoped both Geoff Ruggles and John Gordon will be able to join in from the vantage point of a spectator vessel.   

There are sure to be a few tears when John Walker’s Peterson three quarter tonner, Impeccable, sails past. Her wonderful owner died in July, and in memory of their skipper, former crew Shane Kearrns has gathered together crew from Impeccable to race Kearns’ restored S&S 34, Quikpoint Azzurro, to Hobart.

Joining the fleet too is Sean Langman’s Maluka, the grand dame of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. Built in 1932 and measuring in at just 9 metres, she is also the smallest and the only entry in this year’s 628 nautical mile race to take part in the Parade of Sail.

Representing boats from those early races right up to the more modern versions sailed in the Hobart over the years; it should leave a lasting impression on spectators.

The whole fleet will be dressed for the occasion and lead the yachts from a start point off Bradleys Head, on to a mark near the Sow and Pigs off Watsons Bay, and return to Bradley’s Head. All yachts will be under power.

Scheduled to start at 10.30am and conclude at 11.30am ahead of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, all participants will be clear of the starting area, but able to watch the Hobart fleet set sail from three lines when the start cannon is fired at 1.00pm.

Once the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet has left the Harbour, Parade of Sail participants are invited back to the CYCA for a Quiet Little Drink. 

A committee, chaired by CYCA Commodore John Cameron, is pulling out all stops to make the event an added highlight to the 70th Sydney Hobart race celebrations.

A full list of entries with bios and those vessels accompany the fleet is below.

By Di Pearson, CYCA Media


Order for the CYCA Parade of Sail

Boxing Day – Sydney Harbour

Order                          Boat name                                         1st Hobart Race

.                                   HMAS ADVANCE                          Leads the Parade

An Attack Class Patrol Boat built in 1967  in Queensland. Served extensively in northern Australian waters as an armed patrol boat.  On loan from the RAN, acted as start boat for numerous early Sydney to Hobart Races.  Now part of the fleet of historic vessels maintained by the Australian National Maritime Museum

1                                  KATHLEEN                                                               1945

Colin Archer designed, wooden gaff-rigged yawl – 13.4m (44ft) owned and skippered in the inaugural race by artist, Jack Earl – a founding father of both the CYCA and the Sydney to Hobart Race.  Kathleen became the second Australian yacht to circumnavigate the globe. Restored and gifted to the ANMM by the Norwegian Government as a Bi-centennial gift in 1976.

2                                  WAYFARER                                                              1945   

12.2m (40ft) Alden Bermudan wooden ketch, built for owner Peter Luke, also a founding father of the CYCA and Sydney to Hobart Race. Now owned by Peter and Gayle Smith who are restoring her to her former glory.

3                                  ARCHINA                                                                   1945

A 15.9 (52ft) wooden hulled Bermudan ketch built in 1933for Phil Goldstein. One of the trio of inaugural race entrants that amazingly are still very much part of the Sydney yachting scene.  Now owned by businessmen, Joe Skrzynski and Bill Ferris. Competed in 5 SHR’s, the last in 1994.

4                                  CHRISTINA                                                               1946

A 33ft 5” Cutter sloop, built in 1932 by the Halvorsen brothers. Owned and sailed by dentist, Bob Bull.  Handicap winner of the1946 race.  Disqualified the following year after an incident off Sydney Heads. After a string of owners, now owned by David Foster.

5                                  DEFIANCE                                                                 1946

International Class 8 metre – 49’6” wooden hulled veteran, built in 1935.  Completed 5 SHR’s – best result 3rd in 1946. Now proudly owned by Nicole Shrimpton

6                                  GYMEA                                                                      1948

A Barber/Larson designed 33-footer built in 1938.  Completed the 1947 & ’48 SHR’s with owner-skipper Geoff Carter at the helm.  Now owned by Erin & Jeremy Sharp.

7                                  MARGARET RINTOUL                                            1949   

47ft wooden yawl Designed by Philip Rhodes. Launched in Sydney 1949 for Mr AW Edwards.  Competed in 5 SHR’s. 1st on elapsed time twice 1950/51 – 1951 time set a record that would stand for 7 years.  Now owned by Bruce Gould and Paul Keerigan she sails regularly in classic events on Sydney Harbour.

8                                  LAHARA                                                                    1951

33’4” sloop built in 1951.  Came 2nd that year in her inaugural SHR.  Completed 6 SHR’s. before embarking on an extensive cruising program.  Current owner Mike Warner competes regularly in Classic Fleet racing with the SASC.

9                                  WRAITH OF ODIN                                                    1952   

57ft Alden Ketch, built in 1951 by Alf Jahnsen in Tuncurry NSW. Built for Dr Brian O’Brien, she competed in 5 SHR’s between 1952 and 1969. Sold in 1997 to current owner, Keith Glover who has completely restored her. to her former glory. Splined in 2010 by the son of the original builder, using unused original planking, cut on the same bandsaw his father used. Winner of classic events in Australia and New Zealand

10                                LAURABADA                                                                        1954

A 49ft Bermudan ketch built in 1954 by owner/skipper Ivan Holm Snr. Completed the 1954 SHR.  A Queensland sailing icon, she has completed 50 consecutive Brisbane to Gladstone races – 1953/2002.  Ivan Jnr and wife Anne have restored LAURABADA, and are taking part in this Parade, as a stopover on their cruise to Hobart for the Wooden Boat Festival.

11                                ANITRA V                                                                              1956   

38ft sloop designed and Built in 1956 by Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen. Has competed in 13 SHR’s – winning the race on handicap in 1957.  Current owner, Philip Brown races regularly with the SASC.

12                                CAPRICE OF HUON                                                             1957

A 13.72m (44’6”) Robert Clarke designed sloop built in 1951. Competed in ‘numerous Sydney Hobarts. Best result, 1972 – 2nd to Ted Turner’s American Eagle. Represented Australia in Admiral’s Cup. Current owner, David Champtaloup has Caprice on the market.

13                                LOLITA                                                                      1957   

35ft sloop, built in 1946. Competed in 7 SHR’s. – the most memorable in 1961.  Dismasted in Bass Strait, and drifting, she was eventually taken in tow by a submarine, named Trump, and arrived safely in St Helens. Owner for 52 years Nick Cassim, continues to race Lolita every Saturday with SASC.

14                                SOUTHERLY                                                                         1958

A 35ft Charles Peel designed sloop, built in 1938, and known as “The Great Floating Hotel” she was owned and raced for 53 years by the fabled Don Mickleborough. She competed in 14 SHR’s, with two 3rd placings.  John 'Shero' Sheridan and Rob McAuley are currently ‘caretaking’ the old girl.

15                                MALOHI                                                                                 1959

A 35ft Lion Class sloop, built in 1955 for Nev McEnnally.  He did six Sydney Hobarts before selling to sailing legend, Syd Fisher. He did 4 SHR’s in her.  Current owner, Maurie Evans, presently races Malohi in the SASC Classic Division.

16                                MARIS                                                                                    1960

Tasman Seabird – 11.15m designed by Allan Payne, built by Jock Muir in Hobart in 1958 for the fabled Jack Earl.  Completed in a number of SHR’s in the 1960.  Ownership passed to Ian Kiernan in 1971. He cruised her extensively in the South Pacific and competed in 4 SHR’s. Now owned and sailed by Jack’s granddaughter, Tiare Tomaszewski in partnership with Lord Howe islander, John Green.

17                                SALACIA                                                                   1962

A 41ft designed by Sparkman & Stephens, built in Hobart by Jock Muir in 1962 for CYCA member, Bob Rusk.  Purchased in 1963 by Arthur Byrne, she competed in 10 SHR’s, 1962 – ’69 and 1971 –’72.  Best placings, 4th in ‘’64; 4th in ’67; 3rd in’69.  Now based in Pittwater where current owners David & Jenny Lovell have cruised and raced her for the past 28 years.

18                                VALHALLA                                                                            1965

A 37’6” Sloop – built in 1964.  Competed in 4 SHR’s with her best placing of 9th in 1966.  Very neglected, current owner, Rory O’Connor has spend years completely re-building the old girl.  He now races her with the Blues Point Yacht Club.

19                                FARE THEE WELL                                                               1965

Alan Payne designed 40 footer – built in 1964 for Russ Williams to contest the 1965 Admiral’s Cup trials. Competed in 3 SHR’s – 1965,’67 and’70. Beautifully built, in a deconsecrated church in Eagle Farm, Brisbane by “Bluey” Williams she is now moored in Pittwater where her current owner Clive Gregory takes part in club races and classic regattas.

20                                MISTER CHRISTIAN                                                          1965

A Swanson 36 built in 1965 for the late Peter Kurts. Specially designed for the SHR, she competed five times, with a best placing of 4th.  Current owners David Salter and Ben Gray campaign, with a great deal of success, Mister Christian in the SASC’s Classic Boat fleet.

21                                CAROUSEL                                                                           1965

A Seabird Class 35 –footer built in 1964.  Competed in the SHR twice, in 1966 and ’68.  Present owner David Malone is an active member of the Drummoyne Sailing Club.

22                                FIDELIS                                                                                  1966

A 61 foot ‘flying machine’, built in New Zealand in 1964, designed by the German naval architect, Knud Reimers. Owner, Jim Davern sailed her to line honours in the 1966 SHR.  She completed 6 SHR’s, plus took numerous line honour and handicap placings in Tasman and Australian offshore races.  Clocked up some 200,000 nm’s cruising.  Current owner Nigel Stokes has her looking good, and still sailing like a witch.

23                                SYLPHIDE                                                                 1967

A 30ft 7” sloop, designed by Len Randal, built by Trevor Gowland in 1963. She has competed in 5 SHR’s.  Her current owner is Sydney-based Catherine Kay.

24                                DUET                                                                                      1970

A Swanson 36 built in 1966. Competed in Sydney Hobarts between 1968 – 1974.  At one stage owned by former Commodore of the CYCA, Jo Diamond. Joe apparently sailed Duet to Noumea, where she went on the rocks and was left as a total wreck.  The current owner, James Dalgleish, salvaged and rebuilt her, and sailed her back to Australia.

25                                STORMY PETREL                                                                1970

A Sparkman & Stephens ‘one tonner’ built in 1970 for Charles Curran. Chartered by Syd Fisher, Stormy Petrel won the 1971 World One Ton Cup Championship. She competed in 10 SHR’s. the majority with owner/skipper Charles Curran, and for 3 races with the current owner Kevin O’Shea.

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