|Launched||1973 (date of contract July 72)|
|Owner||Paul Kenna & Joanne Law|
|Configuration||Single Spreader Short Rig Central Volvo MD2|
|Colour||White Hull Light Blue Deck|
|Berthed||RYCV Williamstown, Victoria|
|Fit Out||by Halvorsens|
|Previous Owners||Bryan Clague (? – Aug 2009), Greg Mconville (sail no M678, berthed at Yaringa, Mornington Vic, to July 2015)|
The Yacht’s Story
Misty was built by Swarbricks in late 1972 and the shell shipped over to Sydney where she was fitted out by Trevor Gowland who worked for Halvorsen’s shipyard. The Swarbicks records show Gowland, Trevor (Sydney agent) as the original buyer. Col Barling (Morning Magic) states Misty has a plaque on the bulkhead stating she was fitted out by Halvorsen’s in 1973, which confirms she is hull no 13.
From Paul Kenna, Nov 2016:
Joanne and I have been working on Misty to bring her back to her former standards. She was originally set up as a race boat and her creature comforts were a little Spartan. Our main target is to get her up to Cat 2 so we can participate in offshore races, probably double handed. We are at Cat 3 presently and have all the gear for Cat 1 or 2 including a new Icon HF radio, AIS, and life raft – just need to fit the radio etc. Other big change will be to the helm – the wheel steering locks the helmsman away from the ropes and makes it difficult to sail short handed. We are looking to move back to tiller steering later this season and this will mean a change in traveller location, and give us a much bigger and more useable cockpit area.
Photo: Col Barling (Morning Magic)
Visited Misty at Yarringa yesterday and I am considering making an offer to purchase.
Can confirm the plaque stating that she was fitted out by Halversens on the Hawksbury
Doing a history search Misty has done 2 x Sydney to Hobarts
1994 (2nd in Div H IMS) 224th on line honors of 304 finishers
1998 (1st in Div F IMS) 44th on line honors (Last boat to finish 0f approx 103 starters in this tragic race.
Having done the last two S2H (2013 is said to be the toughest since 1998) I can say that as a bow/mast man I was impressed that even though she is tired at the moment she had a feeling of security as I wandered about her in her pen with hand holds that I would have killed for in my regular boat and a suprisingly modern mast and foredeck layout.
Interesting internal layout with stove and bench to starboard with sink and icebox to port with a fold down chart table over the icebox.
Twin pipecot berths under the cockpit (I’ll never get in another of these since I failed to sail a Farr 37 delivery Hobart to Sydney mid winter last year – I think its still in Hobart)
Centre engine – nice double divan with no table another berth to starboard
Toilet without shower and large “pantry” cupboard to starboard. Vberth with a view of the chain locker.
With her history one wouldnt dare rename her for vanity purpose.
She does have a great history, please let me know if you buy her and I’ll update your web page for you. If you buy an S&S 34 you will always have the support of an active Association and many fellow owners to advise and help you. The boats are now relatively old but they were very well built, are strong and there are few major issues, it is mainly replacing old gear and some wear and tear etc.
I believe this boat was previously owned by my late grandfather Ron McDonald and then later owned by my Father Ross McDonald and kept at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport in Sydney
Hi there, I just sailed my s&s34 from Exmouth to Darwin with Geoff Coker crewing. Geoff crewed on Misty in the 1998 Sydney- Hobart race. He had plenty of praise for Misty.