|Owner||John Faris Clarke|
|Configuration||Mark 2 cruising model – Mk 2 keel, skeg rudder, single spreader rig
foam sandwich construction
|Colour||Yellow hull, blue boot stripe|
|Berthed||Two Rocks Marina|
|Builder||Swarbrick & Swarbrick Yachts, under license to
|Fit Out||Initially custom adapted for disabled sailing, later refitted by John Faris Clarke for able bodied blue water sailing|
|Previous Owners||Jamie Dunross (from new until 2014)|
|Previous Names||Spirit of Rockingham (launched as)|
The Yacht’s Story
Spirit of Rockingham was built in 2003 specifically designed and fitted out for disabled sailing by Jamie, who is a C5 quadriplegic. The basic structure was standard S&S 34, but the interior was been adapted to allow Jamie to move around and a large fibreglass dodger was added for protection as Jamie is unable to regulate his body temperature as effectively as an able bodied person. Jamie has always had the dream of sailing solo long distances and the yacht was also fitted and equipped with this in mind. Construction took some time as Jamie had to raise a lot of the sponsorship and funding along the way. Eventually she was launched, and Jamie sailed her ever increasing distances, breaking quadriplegic sailing records along the way. Ultimately he sailed solo around Australia, one of the most remarkable sailing achievements ever completed.
About the Owners
The original owner Jamie became a C5 quadriplegic in a gold pouring accident at Meekatharra in 1988. His story of recovery from near suicidal depression to the peak of his sport, a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games, is an impressive one that offers genuine inspiration. For more details on Jamie please click on the website link below.
The yacht was sold in 2014 to John Faris Clarke, who refitted her for further blue water sailing, this time of the able bodied sort.
Perth Royal Show 2003Perth Royal Show 2003. Photograph: Jane Laws Photograph: Jane Laws.
Leaving Rockingham, headed around Australia.Completion of Australian circumnavigation, 18th March 2010 Cockburn Sound 25th July 2010