Morning Swan

Launched 30/5/77 (date of contract)
Owner Lawrie Davidson
Purchased  Dec 2014
Configuration Mk1
Colour White
Berthed Pittwater, NSW
Sail Number
Australian Registration
State Registration
Call Sign
Builder Swarbricks
Hull Number 43
Fit Out
Previous Owners Bob Ryding (original owner, RPYC), then John Heydon (SoPYC), later Carl Warner (from ? to April 2002) then Peter Apps (from April 2002 to Dec 2014)
Previous Names  Mourning Swan (launched as)

The Yacht’s Story

She was said to be sold to John Heydon in late 1980/early 81. We later have Carl Warner who we think sailed her east and owned her from ? until 2002, when she was sold to Peter Apps who moored her at Lane Cove River.  A handwritten note on the original Swarbrick Yacht register refers to “Mourning Swan”, confirmed by Peter Watson  in 2015.  Lawrie Davidson says she raced in the 1984 Sydney-Hobart being one of only 46 finishers from 152 starters.

About the Owners

Photos (May 2014)

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4 thoughts on “Morning Swan

  1. I assisted in the layup of the boat (at Swarbricks) and crewed on her for a few years. Bob Ryding (dec) commissioned her and assisted in the build. He berthed her at RPYC. John Heydon (SPYC) later owned her.
    Bob Ryding did name her Mourning Swan (to be a little different) so she’s been re-named along the way.
    I recall her original mast had come from Jon Sanders’ first Perie Banou and that it had been on the boat when he did his first circumnavigation.

  2. Hello, I am the daughter of the original owner Bob(Robert Ryding), my name is Evie Ryding and I came across this website. My father passed away in 1999, I have Very little information regarding this boat he partially built when I was only 1/2 yrs old. Is there someone I can contact to talk to about it at all? My email is

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