Please find attached the minutes and reports for the 2019 AGM
Notice is given that the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the S&S 34 Association will be held at 11am on 11th August 2019.
See attached agenda.
Jo Breen has just listed Morning Star for sale. Morning Star recently completed the Melbourne to Osaka double handed race where she led the fleet until the very last section of the race. A great yacht! She is listed at
Here is a listing of S&S 34’s found to be for sale around the world. See if you can grab a great yacht!!
Stray Bit, hull #41 for sale in Hawaii. Check Hawaii Craig’s list for details under boats, then search sail boats or https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/sparkman-stephens-34-custom/228066
Ciella For Sale. Derek has had to abort his round the world trek and Ciella is now for sale. Details to follow but she is listed under our yacht directory with photos.
Sulphur for sale in Perth – Sulphur is an S&S34 with a great pedigree. Details at https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/sparkman-stephens-34/220813
Mulloka for sale in NSW. https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/sparkman-stephens-34/217099
For Sale in South Australia. https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/sparkman-stephens-34/213033
The S&S Association in the UK has multiple listings of S&S 34’s for sale. Check http://www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/page134.html
Of course you can still get a new S&S 34 built to your specifications! Contact Mike Finn at Cottesloe Yachts. Ring Mike on +61 419 845336.
S&S 34 Huckleberry skippered by Phil Somerville Ryan has won the 71st Bunbury & Return Ocean Race off the coast of Western Australia against a field of 10 other yachts.
Huckleberry entered in Division 2 for the 170Nm race and took first in both YAH and IRC handicaps in that division. She also won the overall race and the Siska Cup for this result. She was the only S&S 34 in the race and was pitted against many faster and highly skilled yachts including a TP42, Dirty Deeds, which took line honours. In the light conditions good tactical decisions by Phil made all the difference.
Results can be viewed here http://sportspage.com.au/yacht_clubs/offshore/offshore/Result_20190222.htm
Congratulations Phil, crew & Huckleberry!!!
The S&S Association based in the UK has named Komatsu Azzurro, skippered by Shane Kearns as winner of the 2018 Global Regatta.
The Global Regatta is a racing competition between the regions of the S&S Association. The prize, the challenge Cup is awarded at the AGM to the yacht that in the preceding year, secured a class or overall win by the greatest margin relative to the next placed yacht, in either an offshore or around the cans race.
Komatsu Azzurro won the regatta based its performance in the 2018 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.
Details can be found at http://www.sparkmanstephensuk.info/page100.html
Derek Desaunois has left Brisbane on 8 January, 2019 to go the Long Route round the world on his S&S34 Ciella.
The following is a post on the Facebook page of Longue Route 2018 officiel. This is Official page of the Long Route 2018, solo and nonstop sailing around the world in the spirit of Bernard Moitessier and Guy Bernardin.
“Derek Desaunois has sailed from Brisbane on his S&S 34, to Brisbane, and intends to fire the Horn, the Azores, Good Hope, and Leeuwin before returning.”
Don McIntyre writes in comments
“Great to see him off…here is some background he wrote about himself 4 years ago when he planned to enter a one design RTW race in 2019 for S&S 34 yachts ( Now cancelled I believe??) but still an interesting read.. :)”
Born in the Netherlands 20 June 1961. I started sailing with the Sea Scouts at the age of 12, and knew within a couple of years I wanted to be a shipwright. At 16 I got an apprenticeship with Jongert Shipyards, which were just about to break into the Superyacht market with their very luxurious sailing yachts of 70 feet and over. I worked their for 10 years. In this period built two 27 foot sailing yachts for my self and sailed them around the Dutch coast and lakes and occasionally over to the UK.
In 1982 I sailed from Holland to New York and back with 5 friends on a Tayana 42. Crewed for two Azores and back races on a Swan 391 and also shorter races around Holland. In 1987, after 10 years at the yard, I quit my job, backpacked to Australia, with the ultimate goal to sail the Sydney to Hobart. Never got to do it but happened to be at Darling Harbour, Sydney, at the finish of the Tall Ships Race and jumped on board of a yacht that was about to leave for the UK, via Cape Horn. No electricity or engine on board (for a 100 foot yacht). An awesome voyage, on which I learned a lot. (Like patience in the doldrums!).
After arriving in the UK, I traveled to the South of France, where it didn’t take me long the get a job as deck hand on a Superyacht. I worked on various vessels (all sailing yachts), from 70 to 160 foot. Over a period of 12 years, I worked my way up to Mate and eventually Master. More Atlantic crossings than I care to remember a few Pacific crossings and the last vessel- a 110 foot schooner “Aschanti IV” we took around the world over a period of 3 years.
At the end of 2001 I went ashore here in Cairns. Picked up my old profession of Shipwright. Sailing got a bit on the back burner and I got more into adventure racing, Ironman, hiking etc. A bit of dinghy sailing at the yacht club with my youngest daughter.
I bought ‘Ciella’, my S&S 34 four years ago, sailed it locally for a year and then spend 2,5 years replacing the complete interior. She is back in the water and between sailing locally, I am still working on her. My next project is to make a hard dodger. Not as big a Jessica Watson’s, but the same size as my present dodger, just running further aft for more protection.
As my personal situation: I am married, with 2 daughters, age 15 and13. My wife has always known that I bought the boat with the idea to, some day, sail around the world, possibly non-stop and single handed. Doing it as a race, makes the reasoning even stronger. When I first heard about your race, I believe you had a date set for 2014. As my kids are still young, I knew it wasn’t an option. 2019 works perfectly. Simple as that.
Ciella is in a good condition, with a new engine and a brand new interior. I have glassed-in watertight bulkheads in the aftship storage – so no water can go from the storage lockers into the interior- and a glassed-in storage cum crash box in the fore ship. Still have a small list of wants, but with 4,5 years to go, Ciella will be ready.
How serious am I? This is something I wanted to do for a long time and your announcement for 2019 is the catalyst. My wife and I had long conversations about this the last few days, but she didn’t need convincing. Her words ” Since I got to know you I knew you’re going to do this some day”.
Yes, you can use me in your blog. Barring any disasters between now and then, I’m in. And that rum better be Mount Gay.”
Pictures and details of Ciella can be found in our yacht directory.
The 2019 Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy Race will be held on 31 March 2019 at Fremantle Sailing Club.
This is an all S&S34 race held with Commodores of sailing clubs from all over Western Australia skippering S&S34’s competing for the coveted Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy.
If your S&S34 is able to participate please email Ron Kooy at email@example.com to register your expression of interest.
The 2018 Cockburn Sound Regatta held at Cruising Yacht Club of WA in Rockingham, WA, Australia saw three S&S34’s, Soon, Huckleberry and Swagman battle it out in a fleet of 40 yachts.
Congratulations to Michael Thorpe and the crew of S&S34, Soon as overall winners of the 2018 CYCWA Annual Cockburn Sound Regatta. Michael is a member of Fremantle Sailing Club.
Phil Somerville Ryan’s Huckleberry won JAM 2 IRC with Andrew and Vera Waldby’s Swagman coming second. Both are members of Royal Perth Yacht Club and regularly sail on the Swan River and offshore.