Huckleberry Wins 71st Bunbury & Return Ocean Race

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

Congratulations Phil, crew & Huckleberry!!!

Huckleberry rounding the last mark in the 71st Bunbury and Return Ocean Race.

From left – Ray, Jed, Phil, Bill & Cameron enjoy a well deserved rum post race



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

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

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)

S&S 34 once again in Sydney Hobart race

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.

Geraldton race 2014 S&S 34 second overall, race report here

The tale of 2 races…. The 2014 Geraldton and return race was  a beautiful brisk 220nm downwind sail to Geraldton, followed a few days later by a brutal 2 day slug into gale force headwinds and heavy seas that turned into a war of attrition that saw many casualties.  Blondie was the sole S&S 34 entered and the lowest rated boat on IRC. She won Div 2 in all categories there and back, and was 3rd outright in both races on IRC with a second overall on IRC for the combined race, ahead of many much larger, high tech offshore racers.  A 4th over the line on the return race showed that when the conditions get tough an S&S 34 is a match for any yacht.  There were many yachts up to 50′ behind when the S&S 34 crossed the line in Fremantle.  To find out what it was like, please click on the link below:

2014 Geraldton race report

Letter from Sparkman & Stephens re new tall rig, July 1982

This letter was sent to Dr Fred Grauaug as President of the Association in 1982, in response to a query as to the most favourable rig dimensions (with a view to racing competitively). As always this is a trade off between light air vs heavy air performance, and rating.  The recommended dimensions were ultimately standardised as the “Mk 2” or “tall” rig with a 43′ “I” measurement, although the longer 12’6″ (13.8m) “E” measurement was retained. There were some individual variations as owners did “their own thing” but most tall rigs are close to the S&S specs (see the also the plans under the “new boat” section).  Please click on the link below to read the full letter:

Letter from S&S re new rig 20 July 82

Click here for a higher res view of the old rig plans: copy of original rig plan from S&S re new rig 20 July 82