Melbourne to Osaka – Morning Star Second Across the Line

After 39 days 15 hours 23 minutes and 56 seconds, SS34 Morning Star was second across the finish line in the Melbourne Osaka Cup double handed race on 24 April. Skippered by Jo Breen, 27 and Peter Brooks, 39, both from Tasmania, Morning Star led the staggered start 5,500 nautical mile race until just 250 nautical miles from the finish when the 62ft Judel-Vrolijk 62, Chinese Whisper, passed her on the way to breaking the race record in 21days 12hours 41minutes and 13seconds.

Jo & Peter’s efforts in maintaining their lead right up to the very end has been a testament to their great sailing ability and a very well set up yacht. They have done a fantastic job averaging 5.6 knots and reaching a top speed of 11 knots during the race.

Morning Star was built in 1984 by Swarbricks and was purchased by Jo in 2016. She is a mark 2 hull and has undergone a complete refit including having a new keel stepped tall rig fitted and changing the wheel steering to a tiller. Careful sail selection has given her an IRC rating of 0.913.

Many of us have been following Morning Star’s progress on the Blue Water Tracks website where progress of all the yachts in the race can be viewed. The race still continues with a large part of the fleet having been delayed by tropical cyclone Iris off Australia’s Queensland coast early in April. A link to the tracker can be found below.

https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2018-osaka-race

The Melbourne to Osaka website is http://melbourneosaka.com/en/home/

2018 Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy Race Results

The 2018 Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy Race was held on the 25th March at Fremantle Sailing Club. We had 10 S&S34’s present and 12 Commodore’s from various clubs in Western Australia.

The wind was a great 15-20knots and conditions were just right for our yachts up until midway in the race when the wind died and we were all left floating for a while. The breeze kicked in again and we were all away to the finish line. Refreshments and presentations were held after and enjoyed by all.

The final results were,

1st and Fastest  – Perie Banou III – Owner Colin Sanders and Commodore Danny O’Byrne from East Fremantle Sailing Club

2nd Morning Tide – Owner Jim Putt and Commodore Graeme Cole from Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club

3rd Seashell – Owner Dave Mitchell and Commanding Officer Brian Delamont from HMAS Stirling, Fleet Base West.

 

Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy Race. 25th March 2018

Calling All Perth Based S&S34’s

We are looking for any Perth based S&S34’s to enter in the Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy race for 2018!! The race is on 25th March. The format is that a Commodore from clubs around Perth each skipper an S&S34 in a short race. The race is held at Fremantle Sailing Club and the event commences at 12 noon.

Currently nine S&S34’s are confirmed as entered but it would be fantastic to see more of these great yachts participating.

If you would like to be included please contact Ron Kooy on ronkooy@gmail.com.

Jon Sanders Is Coming Home!

From Royal Perth Yacht Club Mast Headlines 5th Feb 2018

You’re invited to welcome home Jon Sanders from his amazing Swan Song 10th Circumnavigation of the Globe.

Royal Perth Yacht Club is organising a Welcome Home celebration and we’d love to see you there to pass on your congratulations to Jon after over 435 days circling the Globe.

Welcome Home Flotilla – Fremantle

When: Sunday 11th February

Time: 1:30pm – ETA for Jon’s arrival is 2pm.

Where: Boats to meet in the vicinity of South Mole

Yachts and Power Boats all welcome.

Jon will be heading into the harbour and then sailing up river to Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Welcome Home Function  at Royal Perth Yacht Club, Crawley

If you can’t make it under the bridges – meet Perie Banou at Bricklanding

  • Rendezvous with Jon at Bricklanding at approximately 4pm, form an escort to bring Jon and Perie Banou back to Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Following the Welcome Home Flotilla, celebrations will continue at Royal Perth Yacht Club from 6pm with the Beach Party.

 

 

History made in sailpast of the century

Yachting history was made on Sydney Harbour on the morning of 22nd December 2017 when four yachts designed by the legendary American Olin Stephens for his design firm Sparkman and Stephens, but from vastly different eras, came together for the first time.

Four Sparkman & Stephens boats Azzurro, Dorade, Eve, Kialoa II sail past the Opera House Picture: Andrea Francolini. Courtesy The Australian newspaper

For the full story go to the article in The Australian here

 

S&S 34 Olbia wins Transatlantic OSTAR 2017

Congratulations Christian Chalandre

S&S 34 Olbia skippered by owner Christian Chalandre has won the Jester Class in the Singlehanded Transatlantic OSTAR 2017 in a time of 32 days, 14 hours and 9 minutes.

More information about OSTAR here.

Pre-race profile of Olbia here.

 

 

Olbia, skippered by Christian Chalandre, has won the OSTAR 2017 (Original Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race, from Plymouth to Newport) in Jester Class. Olbia crossed the finish line on 1 July at 22:09 local time to win the OSTAR Jester class with an elapsed time of 32d 14h 9m and a corrected time of 29d 4h 49m.

Olbia, built in 1971 is one of the original S&S34 yachts, a sister to Morning Cloud that Sir Edward Heath skippered to victory in the 1969 Sydney to Hobart race.

Photo by Paul Gibbins facebook.com/pg/paulgibbinsphotography/

Photo by Paul Gibbins facebook.com/pg/paulgibbinsphotography/

October 28 saw the prize giving ceremony for the winners of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR races. The races started on 29 May and the last yacht completed the race on 3 July.

The first OSTAR Race was run in 1960 and won by Sir Frances Chichester in Gypsy Moth III. The race is run every 3 years by the Royal Western Yacht Club based in Plymouth, UK. There are two divisions for the race, Gypsy Moth Class for boats with an IRC handicap of greater than 1 and Jester Class for those yachts with an IRC of less than 1.

This year’s race was one of the most challenging on record. In the early hours of Friday 9th June, 60 knot winds and 15 metre seas were experienced by competitors, caused by a very low depression (967 mb). These extreme conditions caused damage to many boats with 3 emergency beacons (EPIRB) triggered. The Canadian coastguard in Halifax immediately reacted to the situation sending ships and air support to all the boats in distress. Of the 7 Yachts in Jester class only two remained, Olbia and Solent 1. Olbia was knocked down 3 times during the storm but only sustained minor damage – a testament to the seaworthiness of the S&S 34.

Congratulations to Christian Chalandre for a exceptional feat!!

 

3 days with just storm mainsail with or without storm jib, with 40, 45, 50, or 55 knots !

9th June 2017. Day 12 of the race. Severe depression of 964 millibars decimates the Jester fleet.


  1. Tamarind suffers heavy damage. Skipper abandons her and is rescued by Queen Mary II
  2. Harmonii has problems with the mainsail, retires and makes her way to the Azores.
  3. Suomi Kudu abandons the race with significant problems and returns to England.
  4. Happy is dismasted. Crew abandons ship. Both crew rescued by ocean going tug APL Forward.
  5. Zest abandons the race due to problems with motor and autopilot.
  6. Summerbird has problems, retires and heads towards Horta.
  7. Olbia is knocked down three times just northwest of the depression, in a crossed sea.

Summerbird, Zest, Solent 1 and Olbia remained in the north.

Only Solent 1 and Olbia remained in the Jester class and 7 boats in the Gypsy Moth class.

Retirements: PiR2, Breizh Cola, Opole, Taylor, Hikari, One and All, Zest, Suomi Kudu, Harmonii, Summerbird.
Abandons: Illumia, Tamarind, Furia, Happy.


Christian Chalandre holding the trophy celebrates with fellow Jester class sailors at 2017 Prizegiving night at Royal Western Yacht Club, Plymouth

S&S 34 Association Christmas Twilight Race

All S&S 34s are invited to the S&S 34 Association Christmas Twilight on 17th December 2017

Held in conjunction with the Royal Perth Yacht Club Christmas Party, the twilight race will follow the usual RPYC twilight instructions shown in the RPYC Red Book except that the start will be at the earlier time of 5pm.

A buffet dinner will be served on the lawn from 6:30pm.

 

Automatic nomination for visiting boats

Visiting boats wishing to compete in the Twilight Cruise will be entered when they sail in or near the starting area.

Safety

Skippers are reminded to adhere to the RPYC Red Book 2.1.3 safety requirements for twilight cruises

  • The twilight race shall be conducted under Category 7 of the AS Special Regulations modified as follows. In addition to Category 7 requirements, all boats shall carry the following additional equipment:
      2 x Red Hand Held Flares in a waterproof container 2 x Operational Waterproof Torches
      At least one of the following means of communication: VHF Radio/Mobile Phone (A VHF radio is preferred due to its all “informed nature” enabling boats in the immediate vicinity to respond immediately)
      During Twilights, Channel 77 (VHF) and 0408 919 667 will be manned to cater for an emergency
  • It is strongly recommended that sailors wear a PFD, (PFD1 or 2) particularly after sunset. Skippers are reminded that they are responsible for their crew
  • Skippers are reminded to pay particular attention to the maximum number of guests they may carry in accordance with the safety equipment carried on board during Twilights
  • Overloading is dangerous & illegal
  • Skippers are reminded of their responsibility with respect to the consumption of alcohol
  • It is strongly recommended that skippers carry out a safety briefing prior to leaving the pen and carry out regular “Man Over-Board” drills
  • 2017-2018 S&S34 Association Swan River Racing Series

    Perth, Western Australia

    Are you available to race in the S&S34 Swan River Series?

    The S&S34 Association Swan River Racing Series is based around the 3 combined SoPYC, RFBYC & RPYC Division 2 races during the 2017-2018 Summer Sailing Season.

    This is an opportunity for the S&S34’s to get together and race, as well as being combined with similar boats in Division 2.

    We have the same start, course and finish to Division 2, and we compete for the club based, combined results and series results, and then on top of all of that the S&S34 Association run our own handicaps and results (separately calculated & announced via email).

    Here are the dates for the S&S34 Association Swan River Racing Series

    • Saturday 2nd December 2017 – South of Perth Yacht Club
    • Saturday 20th January 2018 – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
    • Saturday 10th March 2018 – Royal Perth Yacht Club

    If you are interested, please let Andrew Walby know as soon as possible so that we can inform the yacht club.  Andrew will organise the distribution of the handicaps and SI’s. His email is Andrew.Walby@swagmansailing.com

    It is always a great opportunity to catch up with other owners at the yacht club running the race, so please join us after the race.

    October 2017 News

    Season Open Days in Perth, Western Australia see S&S 34’s out on the Water

    The 2017/18 sailing season opening has seen S&S 34’s take to the water on both the Swan River and offshore.
    Fremantle Sailing Club’s open day on 8 October saw Soon (owner Michael Thorpe), Polaris (owner Steve Kerr) and Bluebell (owner Peter Nevard) out on the water for the opening day race. Soon participated in the Division 2 race while Polaris and Bluebell sailed the Division 6 jib and main race. Also seen about on boats were owners Jim Putt (Morning Tide – richly decorated “dressed overall” in flags according to RYA), Ron Kooy (Venustus), Joe Mangold (C’est Bon) and Connor Moran (Roma II). Venustus and C’est Bon are undergoing refits and hope to be sailing in the future.

    Dynamic and Soon (photo by Vicki Delfos)

    At Royal Perth Yacht Club on the Swan River on 14 October, saw Huckleberry (owner Phil Somerville-Ryan), Swagman (owner Andrew Waldby) and Perie Banou III (owner Col Sanders) doing battle in Division 2. Swagman achieved a great result finishing 2nd over the line and on handicap. Perie Banou finished 4th and Huckleberry 5th over the line respectively. Great results against the experienced fleet!!

    Perie Banou III under spinnaker (photo courtesy of RPYC)

    Swagman making way on the Swan River (photo courtesy of RPYC)

    Huckleberry with plenty of crew on open day (photo courtesy of RPYC)

    At South of Perth, open day on 1st October racing was abandoned due to weather.
    Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on the Swan River held its open day on 21st October and past president Roger Raymond was seen out on Le Jag. Rob Elliot Lockhart attended but Individual did not make it out on the day.

    Le Jag

    Roger Raymond out on Le Jag (photo Rob Elliot Lockhart)