Launched 1982 (date of contract 11/12/81)
Owner Phil Somerville-Ryan
Purchased 2013
Configuration Tall rig with mark 2 keel and rudder
Colour White hull with white and cream deck
Berthed RFBYC, pen A67
Sail Number R131 (previously RF116)
Australian Registration
State Registration
Call Sign
Builder Swarbricks
Hull Number 105
Fit Out Swarbrick “racing” layout with centre engine and twin pilot berths
Previous Owners Merv Finn (Vale), later Mike Finn, then sold to Steve Humphries in 2006
Previous Names Nil

The Yacht’s Story

Built by Mike Finn’s father Merv, Huckleberry has been raced extensively, and with a great deal of success for 25 years, including winning the Siska Trophy Series three times on IRC handicap and the Geraldton Ocean Classic twice. She was sold to Steve Humphries in 2006 when Mike Finn built a new S&S 34 “Constellation”. Steve competed in the 2007 Sydney-Hobart, scoring a Divisional 3rd place. In 2008 she came second (by 4 minutes!) in the Fremantle to Geraldton race.

Since being sold to Phil in 2013 she has competed regularly ar RPYC, placing 3rd in the 2103 Consistency series, plus some offshore races and a trip to Shark Bay in NW Western Australia.

Photos  (Click on photo to enlarge)

Published in Australasian Yachting Oct 2008:

Geographe Bay Race Week 2005. (Photos: Judy Cocks)

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