Morning Tide

Launched 1974 (date of contract 5/11/73)
Owner Allan Fenwick (to 12 June 2012)
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Australian Registration
State Registration
Call Sign
Builder Swarbricks
Hull Number 22
Fit Out
Previous Owners Original owner F Morris, later Jim Lawler
Previous Names nil

The Yacht’s Story

Morning Tide completed in many events including:

  • 11 Sydney to Hobart races (cat 1)
  • 10 Gosford to Lord Howe races (cat 1)
  • 6 Sydney to Gold Coast races (cat 2)
  • 6 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour races (cat 2)
  • Cruised and raced to Lord Howe Island 21 times

She was tragically lost at sea on 12th June 2012 when she began taking on water at night in heavy seas.  It is understood the problem was a break in the rudder post housing, but by the time this could be located it was too late to save the boat and Allen and his crew were winched to safety before the yacht sank off the NSW coast.  She is the only Australian built S&S 34 not to be still afloat today.

About the Owners

Jim Lawler was the previous owner of Morning Tide and sailed from Sydney Amateurs and completed several Sydney – Hobarts. Jim unfortunately was drowned when the Winston Churchill went down in that very bad Sydney – Hobart.


Allan Fenwick receiving the Lord Howe classic trophy from Clive Wilson the harbour master of Lord Howe Island. for his 21 trips to the island, Most of them on Morning Tide.

One thought on “Morning Tide

  1. I’m very sad to read of the lose of both Morning Tide and Jim Lawler.
    I raced with Jim aboard Morning Tide in a Gosford-Lord Howe Race when I was working as a rigger at Noakes Rigging and it set the stage for me to join Maiden in the 1989-90 Whitbread around the world race and a life at sea.
    Amanda Swan Neal

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