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.
The Melbourne to Osaka website is http://melbourneosaka.com/en/home/
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.
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.
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
Jon Sanders is well known to all sailors for his sailing records firstly in his S&S 34 Perie Banou and then his triple circumnavigation in Parry Endeavour. He is now planning a record beating 10th circumnavigation in his S&S 39 Perie Banou III.
Perie Banou will need refitting and equipping for the long voyage. For further information and to offer your support, please see:
and especially the Funding website: gogetfunding.com/jonsanders
A Fund Raising Dinner is being held at RPYC on 8th July 2016, please come along and support Jon, ring RPYC for reservations as below:
Andy Lamont is planning to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world westwards, something which has never been done before in a yacht under 40′ long.
For more information and to offer support, go to his website: www.andylamont.com.au
The 7th Swan River retro Series is about to get underway, with the first race this Sunday 25th October. Anyone wanting a fun, relaxed and friendly race series should enter now. Most S&S 34s are eligible. Continue reading
Hi all members and S&S 34 fans,
I’m working on a new marine services website – www.deckee.com – and seeking feedback from fellow sailors.
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Our goal is to make every boat owner’s life easier and help bring the fantastic word-of-mouth culture of sailing into the online community.
I’d greatly appreciate any advice on how the site can be improved. You can get in touch via the site or send us an email at email@example.com. I’d be thrilled to hear from the S&S community!
Warm regards and happy sailing,
The 2015 AGM will be held at FSC on 9th August 2015, starting at 11am. All welcome, even if you are not a member or your membership has lapsed you can pay your subs on the day. Meet in the FSC bar prior to 11am. Members are invited to stay for lunch after the meeting. The Notice of Meeting including Agenda will be sent to members in due course.
This year Azzurro (formerly Shenandoah) is flying the S&S 34 flag in the Sydney Hobart race. Newly refurbished and campaigned by seasoned offshore racer Shane Kearns and a highly experienced crew, she will be one to watch if the conditions favour smaller boats. For a link to the Sydney Hobart website click here and for further details on Azzurro please click here
All those in the S&S 34 Association and supporters worldwide wish them good luck and the right weather, we will all be watching and cheering you on.