Vale Jim Putt

It is with deep sadness we note the passing of Jim Putt our former treasurer on Sunday, 16 September, 2018 in Perth, Western Australia.

As many of us in Western Australia know, Jim was a fantastic sailor, a keen supporter of Fremantle Sailing Club, and of course the owner of Morning Tide an S&S 34 Mark 1 which he fitted out himself from new.

He and his lovely wife Margaret sailed together in a circumnavigation between 1991 and 1997 in Morning Tide. The record of this journey was captured by Margaret and can be found on our website. Jim was also a key contributor of the Western Australian Cruising Guide which is indispensable to anyone wishing to sail the Western Australian coast.

Jim’s contribution to the S&S34 Association cannot be overstated. He was a great influence in the way the association has developed over the years.

Jim will be sorely missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.

Funeral service is to be held at Friday 21 September at 10:00AM at St Edmund’s Anglican Church, 54 Pangbourne Street, Wembley , Western Australia.


Melbourne to Osaka – Morning Star Second Across the Line

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

2018 Commodore’s Perpetual Trophy Race Results

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.


Jon Sanders Is Coming Home!

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.



History made in sailpast of the century

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


Another circumnavigation record attempt by Jon Sanders! (in his S&S 39)

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:

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:

Jon Sanders fundraising dinner RPYC 2016


Members invited by Jess Watson to provide feedback on new marina services website


 Hi all members and S&S 34 fans,

I’m working on a new marine services website – – and seeking feedback from fellow sailors.

Deckee has been designed to provide boaties with an online directory of marine services and locations. Reviews and rankings from other boat owners help you find the best service, product or location. Deckee’s forums encourage boaties to share knowledge, while the advice blog provides expert information from fellow sailors and boaties.

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 I’d be thrilled to hear from the S&S community!

Warm regards and happy sailing,
Jessica Watson


2015 S&S 34 Association AGM

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.