Jamie Dunross arrives home after solo circumnavigation of Australia

Para Olympic medallist and long distance record holder Jamie Dunross arrived home to Perth on 25th July 2010, completing his solo circumnavigation of Australia. Jamie is quadriplegic, and is sailing his new S&S 34 "Spirit of Rockingham", which has been specially adapted for disabled sailing. He has set numerous long distance disabled records, and his circumnavigation was a truly remarkable achievement, a tough trip for anyone, let alone someone totally unable to use his legs and with only limited use of his arms. Please click here for a link to Jamie’s website, for further information.

Jessica Watson home to a huge welcome

She made it! Jessica came home on Saturday 15th May to a huge welcome in Sydney, including from the Prime Minister and NSW Premier . She and her family have been supported by well known Queensland adventurers Don and Margie McIntyre who bought the S&S 34 “Shanty”, now named “Pink Lady” for the attempt, as well as a number of sponsors. She and her S&S 34 withstood everything the ocean threw at them, including storm force winds and 10+ metre seas. She battled some of the toughest conditions in Australian waters at the end of her voyage. Jessica has now sailed back to her home State of Queensland, to another large welcome. Click here for a link to Jessica’s website, and more details. She was very diligent in keeping everyone informed via her almost daily blog.

I have posted an interesting article on the rebuilding of Shanty into Pink Lady, with kind permission from Trade-a-Boat, it is on her web page, but to view you can also click here.

An interesting link – Berrimilla

Berrimilla is a Brolga 33 – almost a sistership to the S&S 34, designed by Peter Joubert in the 1970s with the aim of “improving” on the S&S 34. Peter was an engineer and talented yacht designer who felt that the S&S 34 was too racing orientated and designed the Brolga 33 based on the S&S 34 but with a bit more room, sacrificing a little speed. Berrimilla certainly has fulfilled all expectations having completed the 2004 Sydney-Hobart race then sailed to the UK for the Fastnet (coming 2nd in her class) and returning again for the next Sydney-Hobart. Since then they have sailed the NW passage and have a very entertaining website, click here for the link. Overall an amazing series of shorthanded voyages.

Jessica Watson Life Membership presentation

Speech to welcome and acknowledge Jessica Watson and present her with the award of Life Membership S&S 34 Association at Royal Perth Yacht Club – 3 December 2011.

Hi – S&S 34 owners, crewmembers and all here who appreciate a very keenly designed and crafted sailing machine. We are delighted this morning to welcome youthful and spritely solo circumnavigator and ISAF ambassador – Jessica Watson.

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Jamie Dunross Life Membership presentation

Speech to award Jamie Dunross Life Membership of the S&S 34 Association on 26 November 2011 at Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Commodore, Flag Officers, Past Commodores, sailors all. I rang the ‘bell’ on behalf of the many sailors worldwide who have sailed in S&S 34s, including a number here who did so today, to welcome a most distinguished yachtsman, and to acknowledge Sydney 2000 Paralympic gold medalist, – Jamie Dunross.

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31st Annual Commodores’ Trophy Race

The 31st Annual Commodores’ race was sailed on Sunday 10th April 2011 in a north easterly breeze that threatened to be punishing, but by start time had moderated to a perfect 14-18 knots. Once again the Association tried hard to provide a full fleet of S&S 34s, and did so with a boat to spare (many thanks to Peter Tait with Grey Goose for being our reserve boat).

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