S & S 34 Grapevine Edition 5 - 17th March 2005

S & S 34 Grapevine Edition 5


I had lots of problems sending the last Grapevine. For many reasons several copies did not get there. Some people's mail boxes were full, some new address's I have been given appear wrong, some firewalls blocked the email and some address's work if sent individually but not in my mailing list. So my apologies if you never received issue 4. Hopefully this issue will get through.

Welcome to the new owners of Sagitta. Jeff Savage has sold it to the Mileshkin family and it is being raced out of RMYS with the sail number S452.

Printed S&S34 Assoc Newsletter

Over the years the cost of producing the printed newsletter has risen, association membership fees have been kept low but membership numbers have decreased. Obviously this causes financial difficulties when producing the newsletter. The Assoc would like to continue to communicate with all owners but we may be forced to publish smaller newsletters, less newsletters or even stop posting printed newsletters to non-members. Anybody who doesn't wish to receive the printed newsletter please let Dick or myself know.


S&S 34 Half Hull Model

From George Condor (Tardis)

I would like to make half hull model of the S&S34 and for this purpose I would need a isometric diagram of the hull. Sparkman and Stephen could provide one but the cost is prohibitive. I am wondering if someone around you may have one and willing to scan it in or make photocopy for me.

Contact: George.Gondor@facs.gov.au

Maybe other members are also interested in a model? (Ed)

Information on "Star of the Sea"

As new owners of Star of the Sea that came with no pedigree we are interested in finding out whether or not any member can shed light on when she was built, anything about her history and whether or not she has had a change of name. A tall order I suspect, but perhaps there are other members with similar interests and it might make an interesting semi-permanent section of the Grapevine.

Contact: Frank & Libby Braybrooks

Email: fbcc@zeta.org.au

Dick Newnham and I have also been talking about starting a S&S34 web site, and would like to start building a history of all 34's on the site. There's a lot of (hard to access) information in all the old association newsletters which are stored in Dick's archives. (Ed)

News - Western Australia

Bunbury Cruise 2005 (or Sundowners at 17:30)
by Jim Putt s/v Morning Tide 27/02/05.

The inaugural Bunbury Cruise was due to depart on the Saturday 5th February. Several boats were able to make an earlier departure to avoid the strong southerly forecast; whilst the remainder waited to the following Tuesday. Fourteen boats had nominated for the event; The Wizard and Georgia from Hillarys, Rumtum and Leola from S of PYC, Stealaway, Lupara, Fluerette, Calypso V, Leschenault, and Morning Tide from FSC. Three craft did not sail.
By Wednesday, the fleet was at anchor in Koombana Bay, too late to join in the KBSC twilight but in time for the presentations and the inaugural 17:30 Sundowner.
Special mention must be made of the warm welcome and assistance given by KBSC members. It was excellent and our thanks for making all facilities available during the time the fleet were anchored off.
Thursday the fleet abandon their yachts and headed off in their dinghies to the Parade Hotel for lunch. Sufficient to say that some barely made it back to the anchorage in time for the 17:30 Sundowner
To balance the frivolous activities of previous days, arrangements had been made for a tour of the restored "King's Cottage." Local historian, Phyllis, of the Bunbury Historical Society gave a most interesting talk on the Bunbury Settlement from the time of Nicholas Baudin and Mathew Flinders to the present day. We returned in time for the 17:30 Sundowner . Reinforced, we set sail again for the opening of the Bunbury Arts Festival to view the latest fine arts on offer. For some this was all too much, so we then repaired to a local Thai/Chinese hostelry for an excellent nosh up. It was Friday and Bunbury was buzzing with bars, bistros and bizzaz.
The following day was to be the conclusion of the cruise, but we all agreed this could not be allowed to happen, an affirmative vote was taken to continue the cruise, followed by an adjournment for the 17:30 Sundowner.
Sunday, we woke to grey skies and 7mm of rain. It was a day for contemplation and preparation for the 17:30 Sundowner
Monday 14th February, We should have guessed. Denis from Calypso V had invited everyone on board for morning tea. Oh dear, us guys, such was our shame when Denis produced a bottle of champagne and a beautiful red rose for all of the ladies. The Irish tradition of Red Rose Day and the meaning of Anam Cara, which translates as "soul friend" The ladies just loved it; us guys just struggled but recovered in time for the 17:30 Sundowner.
The following day we departed with a brisk Sou' Easterly for Pt Geographe Marina. Rumtum had given good advice on trolling for Pike and Bonito and sufficient fish were caught to feed the fleet at the17:30 Sundowner.
After spending two nights at Pt Geographe, taking on water, cleaning up and odd jobs, we returned to KBSC. Using crabbing nets loaned by Fleurette, and assistance from Myuna, a dozen legal size crabs were landed in time for the 17:30 Sundowner.
By now several yachts had departed, Fluerette being one to attend French classes in Perth and the fleet was down to the hard core of Stealaway, Lupara, Calypso V, Rumtum and Morning Tide. These intrepid sailors then departed the following morning for Pelican Pt by dinghy. A variety of left overs were duly charred to a crispy brown and thanks to the forethought of Lupara , washed down with champagne and orange. The afternoon was spent preparing for the 17:30 Sundowner. It should be noted that the 5.4nm return trip to Pelican Pt was not without incident with Stealaway taking to the putty and the Wizard being pooped whilst negotiating the bar. An early morning start and light winds provides the best conditions.
The next day was spent taking on supplies for the passage north to Mandurah Plus a last long look at the various "Sales" on display in Bunbury. That evening the fleet partook of an excellent and inexpensive meal at the Marston Chinese Dinery..
Departure was at 05:00 hours. As was usual Rumtum led the way. We first though their practice of being first cab off the ramp was because their large aluminium tender can only be towed. Not so, they just catch more fish that way by being up front. It was a close run match all the way to Mandurah in moderate to fresh southerly breeze. Stealaway, true to her name stole away, Lupara pipped Morning Tide to Pt Robert by one and a half minutes in an eight and a half hour passage. This is currently being protested since Lupara was not trailing a lure. Rumtum was further disadvantaged by trailing two lures. The final result may never be known since Morning Tide had to tow Rumtum into Mandurah. An air blockage they said, we suspected fish scales were really the culprit. The hearing was adjourned at 17:30 for the Sundowner.
The final leg, Mandurah to FSC passed all too quickly and before we knew what was happening we were all back in our pens. An all too appropriate description to conclude a memorable cruise. Many thanks again to Wally and Peter for their organisation and leadership. The opportunity to make new friends and the companionship of Cruising in Company made for a memorable cruise which we hope will become an annual event.

News - New South Wales

Broken Bay (Cowan Creek) Weekend

From Frank Braybrooks (Star of the Sea)

We in the east are slowly getting together and perhaps George Condor who organized a get together in Cowan Creek a week or so ago could contribute a few words on the event to the Grapevine. Unfortunately we could only be with them for a short while but expect to catch up some time in the near future.

From George Condor (Tardis)

Our local NSW association had a very successful weekend cruise to Broken Bay. Six boats and seven owners (one came by car) turned up. We had a five boats raft for the night. We are planning the next get-together during Easter on Lake Macquarie.

News - Victoria

Wot's On

All S&S34 Assoc. members are invited to attended the following events.

March 25th - 28th - FSC Cruising Section - Easter Cruise - "Going North"

Our ultimate destination is Lancelin. However this is very much wind- and swell-forecast dependant. We plan to head for Mindarie on the 25th (25nM), to Lancelin on the 26th (45nM), returning to Two Rocks on Mindarie on the 27th, and Fremantle on 28th. If you could allow to include Tuesday 29th in your Easter break, this would give you more flexibility during the Cruise. We may only get as far as Mindarie or Two Rocks if the weather is unfavourable for heading north and returning to FSC in good time. If this happens, then we will make plans as the weather unfolds. Please add your name to the list on the Cruising Section notice board in the club if you are interested in taking part.

NOTE that skippers are required to log on and off with VN6DI for formal radio cover.

Cruise Coordinator: Rob Campbell of Dusky Dolphin on 08 9381 6727, 0438 133 944. or aoraki@iinet.net.au.

March 25th - 28th - HYC Cruising in Company - Easter Cruise to Mandurah

Cruise Captain: Ensueno

Contact: Rob James jamesr@ramsayhealth.com.au or phone 9307 2391

March 25th - 28th - Easter Cruise to Warnbro

Informal cruise for those not wanting to go further. A repeat of the last long weekend with possible bbq ashore and sundowners.

March 25th - 28th - NSW S&S 34's - Easter on Lake Macquarie

Cruise Captain: George Condor (Tardis)

Contact: George.Gondor@facs.gov.au

April 2nd - 3rd April S&S 34 Assoc. of WA - Commodores Race Weekend

Saturday 2nd will be a day cruise departing FSC at 0900.

All S&S34's are encouraged to attend, a flotilla of 20-30 S&S34 sailing down Cockburn Sound would be very impressive. The destination will be determined by the weather. Last year 5 S&S34's participated: Kungari, Perie Baou III, Manana, Roma II and Sulphur. We had a great sail to Rockingham, picnic lunch while rafted up and a fast downwind ride back to FSC. I am sure we can get more boats this year. Several people dined at FSC and stayed onboard on the Friday and Saturday nights. This year we plan a S&S 34 Dinner at FSC on the Saturday night. More details in the next issue.

Sunday 3rd April is the 25th Anniversary of the Commodores Race.

It is an invitation event hosted by FSC and sailed on S&S34's. Invitations to racing 34's and all club commodores will be sent soon. Conducting this race on S&S34's for 25 years is certainly something to celebrate!

Contact Dick Newnham on (08) 9385 8098 or email newnham@iinet.net.au

April 9th & 10th - RFBYC Cruising in Company - To be Advised

Cruise Captain Ron Kempin.

Briefing at RFBYC on March 3rd.

Contact Ron on 0408 958 323

Email: rfbyc_cinc@yahoo.com.au

April 9th & 10th - HYC Cruising in Company - Longreach Cruise

Cruise Captain: Mistress Too

Contact: Rob James jamesr@ramsayhealth.com.au or phone 9307 2391

April 2005 - Splash 2005

Contact Mark Loader on splash2005@tpg.com.au or 0418 958 322.

April 2005 - Abrolhos Cruise

S&S34 Association members, Scott & Gretta Lee, of Aries II, are planning a cruise to the Abrolhos from 25th March to 21st April 2005 . They are seeking interest from other boats.

Plans are now to depart for Geraldton on Fri 25/3 with stopovers at Lancelin, Jurien and Port Denison. Then leave the boat at Geraldton YC until 9/4 when the school term hols begin, then sail over to Ab Is, with a return date in Perth no later than 21/4.

Contact Scott on 9388 0135 or 0418 164 797 or email slee@highway1.com.au.

Maybe we can get several S&S34's on this cruise? (Ed)

12th & 13th May 2005 - Olin Stephens Honoured - Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club at the beginning of its second century will host and honor Olin Stephens with activities during the week of May 9 of this year.

Most notable will be an Evening with Olin Stephens on Thursday, May 12th consisting of a dinner, lecture and slide show of S&S yachts. Film footage will be shown including that taken aboard Dorade in 1932 during her Trans Atlantic victory. R.C. Keefe, Staff Commodore of St. Francis Yacht Club, will deliver the lecture reprising Olin Stephens's talent and accomplishment. Mitchell Gibbons-Neff, President of Sparkman & Stephens, Inc. and Olin Stephens will deliver remarks and converse with those attending.

On Saturday, May 13, Olin Stephens and Mitchell Gibbons-Neff will participate in Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's Open Day celebrations, including our annual "Sail Past."

Friday 20th May - Sunday 22nd May - S&S AGM 2005 Finland.

Fredrik Ekstrom and his team have produced a fabulous programme based in Helsinki.

Registration before 1st April and full information pack including hotels.

Contact Fredrik: f.ekstrom@kolumbus.fi

Notes From Afar

From Lala Salama (Nick Thomson)

Presently I am in Venezuela, hoping to leave shortly for Panama via ABC Islands and Columbia en route to Brissie, a long haul by myself, at least I have a great boat for it, after 30000 odd miles I should know!!!

I saw 'Miss Cath' on the hard in Trinidad, but I never saw anybody on her, she was all closed up. If you hear from the owners tell them she looked OK, although a little lonely.

Big-A (S&S Swan 55) got the Tsunami wave
An e-mail received in January '05

Big A and me got hit out of the blue on anchor in 5m water on sandy bottom, the first wave sucked all the water out and Big A was laying aground sideways to the sea I managed to close all the hatches seconds later we were hit from the first wave (I been told it was a 10m monster) I thought I am surfing in Hawai.
To make it short there where some 5-6 waves coming one by one and every time Big A hit the bottom very hard, after the 4th hit the mast broke 1 meter above the deck.
I got the engine started and managed somehow to get in to deeper water dragging the mast and rig with me.
Thanks to my Hearth Interface inverter/converter I managed to cut all my standing rigging with a flex (no chance with wire cutters or hack saw )
I left all the rig behind and went in even deeper water, did some diving on the hull and there was not one scratch ore any damage what so ever.
It's a Swan 55
Since I am insured I do not worry to much, but I never (after owning here since 1975) did I come so close to loose here
Best regards,

From Panther (John Burns) in N.Z.

I have just finished reading the feature about S&S 34's in Cruising Helmsman.

Kiriwina (S&S34) has moorings here in Napier NZ and has belonged to a sailing buddy (John Craven) for about 14 years.

There is another S&S 34 up north some where that had coach roof damage when coming to New Plymouth for the solo race back to Mooloolaba. I was told the larger windows that had been fitted contributed to the weakening of the damaged area.

A couple of areas that could benefit from strengthening seemed to be the aft coach roof area and the flat areas each side of the keel. You will no doubt be aware of these and other improvements that could refine the design. The new ones perhaps are stronger in these areas.

I have owned a wooden S&S x 1 tonner built by Salthouse Bros. in 1968 (Launched Dec 1968) since August 1989 and have no intentions of selling. Picture enclosed 36ft 4 ins x 10ft 5 inches x 6ft5 ins. A bit deeper with all the cruising gear of course.

Can you please let me know addresses, contacts etc regarding the S&S's. I have looked at some on the internet but am very keen on the classic design and would

appreciate what ever you are able to send. I would love to see S&S regattas and while the modern racers are very exciting I still get warm fuzzies from the older classics. The Challenge Cup sounds exciting and any info that you are able to point me to would be appreciated. We do have a member of the S&S Association north of Auckland and as I have changed computers I need to re-find his name.

I do the occasional delivery and always look at the yachts in the vicinity and it is always a thrill to see another classic S&S.

I do have a few notes some where as to one or two other S&S's which I would be happy to pass on when I sort them out, should you have an interest. You may find Coasting.org interesting.

The Racing Guys

S&S34 trifecta

The S&S34's cleaned up in Division II at RPYC on Saturday 26th February:

Swagman - 1st & fastest,

Kungari - 2nd,

Perie Banou - 3rd.

Port Geographe Race Week

Russell Cato in Lady Ann II took out second place in the large jib and main fleet.

If my experience is anything to go by Russell and crew would also have been well placed in the partying (Ed).

Quote of the Week

Prologue from Lionheart, A journey of human spirit, by Jesse Martin

It is better to live one day as a lion than ten years as a lamb - Anon.

The world is a funny place.

It's hard to imagine, as you stand in your backyard or lie in your bed, that there is a spot on this amazing globe directly opposite you. If you drilled a hole directly through the earth, where would you come out?

At 5.36 p.m. on 7 December 1998, I sailed from the safety-of my home waters of Melbourne, Australia, on my 34-foot yacht Lionheart, and set course for that other point - latitude 3818'N, longitude 3522'W. And when I got there, I kept going, returning to Melbourne on 31 October 1999, 328 days and roughly 27,000 nautical miles later. In my quest, I became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop and unassisted.

Why? Simply, for the adventure. I had dreamt of sailing around the world, so that's what I did. If we don't live our dreams, what's the point of living?

Lionheart - the name of the boat that carried me there and back, and also the title of this book - is a story of that journey. More than that, it is a story of human spirit, the very same spirit that lives in all of us, and what it can achieve when put to the test.

Joke of the Week

A group of Skippers are walking through town looking for crew, when they see a five-story building with a sign that read, "Crew Association: Ship's Crew Available" Since they are without their crews, they decide to go in. The Security Guard, a very salty type, explains to them how it works. "We have five floors. Go up floor by floor and once you find what you are looking for, for crew, you can go there and make a selection. It's easy to decide since each floor has a sign telling you who's inside."

Everything seems wonderful, so they start going up and on the first floor the sign reads, "All the crew on this floor are beginners." The skippers laugh, and without hesitation move on to the next floor. The sign on the second floor reads, "All the crew here are experienced, smart but weak."

Still, this isn't good enough, so the Skippers continue on up. They reach the third floor and the sign reads, "All the crew here are experienced, smart and strong." They still want to do better, and so, knowing there are still two floors left, they kept going. On the fourth floor, the sign is perfect, "All the crew here are experienced, smart, strong and Former Americas Cup Champions." The Skippers get excited and are about to go in when they realize that there is still one floor left.

Wondering what they are missing, they head up to the fifth floor. There they find a sign that reads, "There are no crew here. This floor was built only to prove that there is no way to please a Skipper!"

Definition of the Week


1) Device designed to bring up mud & weed samples from the bottom at inopportune or unexpected times.

2) Thing rotting in the bilge of every racing yacht (unseen).

3) Any of a number of heavy, hook-shaped devices that are dropped over the side of the boat on end of length of rope and/or chain, and which is designed to hold vessel securely in place, until a) wind exceeds 2 knots, b) owner and crew depart or c) 0300.

Sail The Web

http://www.sailing.org International Sailing Federation

http://www.yachting.org.au Yachting Australia Inc

Readers Mart

Let me know if you have anything to advertise in the next issue (Ed).

Tim Dallas (Superstar) has the following for sale:

Stern Frame to fit cruising S&S34; Ideal mounting point for solar

panels, wind generator, outboard stowage, sun shade and mast rest when

lowered etc. Originally designed and built for SuperStar, now available

for any cruising S&S34. $500.00. Call 0439 393 877 or

Timbo@PlanetDallas.net - photo's available on request or at


Autohelm combined depth and log instruments. $250.00. 0439 393 877 or


Also - Hegst Horsa close hauled wind instruments (mast head unit faulty)

$100, 0439 393 877.


See notes from Panther above (Ed).

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