Launched 1979
Owner Glenn Swarbrick
Purchased  2017
Configuration Single spreader rig with mark 1 keel and rudder
Colour White hull with white and beige deck
Berthed RFBYC
Sail Number RF 242
Australian Registration
State Registration 5163
Call Sign FG702 (27Mhz)
Builder Swarbrick Brothers in conjunction with Dick Newnham, at Swarbrick’s yard in Osborne Park, WA
Hull Number 55
Fit Out By Dick with central engine and twin pilot berths to Dick’s own design. Engine = Volvo MD2c, rebuilt 1981 and 2005. 2 blade folding prop.
Previous Owners AR (Dick) Newnham, from new until 2017
Previous Names Nil

 The Yacht’s Story

Sulphur was built in Swarbrick’s yard in Osborne Park, WA , with Dick doing a lot of the work himself under the supervision of Swarbrick’s. Dick owned her from new and sailed her very extensively, both cruising and racing.

Sulphur sailed the 1981 Bali and Return race via Dampier, over 3000 NM. In 1983 she sailed to Sydney for the Sydney-Hobart race. On her return via Esperance she competed in the first (and only) Esperance to Fremantle race, the total miles for this trip being around 4,700. To date she has sailed over 50,000 miles and Dick took her out regularly until he sold her to Glenn Swarbrick in 2017.

About the Owner (Dick Newnham)

For all of Dick’s ownership Sulphur (RF242) was penned at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on the Swan River, three nautical miles upstream of the three low Fremantle bridges (9 metres height clearance) which are just upstream of Fremantle Harbour. Each year Dick sailed 25 Wednesday twilight social races on the Sawn River, took part in nine monthly group cruises of approximately 30 NM, a Christmas-New Year group cruise of over 200NM and one usually stormy winter individual cruise over 400NM duration.  As well as in previous years a full summer racing commitment, both on the river and on many occasions offshore.

Dick is a past President of  the S&S 34 Association, 1979-82, 1991-2001 and 2004-09.


RFBYC v’s RPYC Governors Cup 2005 RFBYC v’s RPYC Governors Cup 2005. Photograph: Aussies in Action.

Perie Banou III and Sulphur (34 Cruise 2004) Association Race RPYC 24th Oct 2009. Photograph: Jane Law.

Photograph: Bruce Collins (click on photo to enlarge).

Roma II and Sulphur on passage Mandurah to Bunbury 2001. Photograph: Jane Laws

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