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  • By Peter D’anjou
  • Updated: October 29, 2001

There’s a lot to like about the Sydney 38 from Bashford International’s Sydney Yachts and the design firm of Murray, Burns, and Dovell.

Outside of sails and electronics, the boat comes as a fixed one-design package that incorporates many desirable design elements. From the bottom up, the Sydney 38 has all the fast stuff: a modern underbody and foils faired and finished for racing, a bulb keel that draws 8’8″, a spade rudder with sealed bearings, and a recessed wheel set in an enormous cockpit. The cockpit is so large it could easily accommodate a cocktail party or the dance floor at a small junior prom. There are 842 sq. ft. of sail area, which includes a non-overlapping headsail. The aluminum rig’s aft-swept spreaders eliminate the need for runners or checkstays, and the high-end rigging package includes rod rigging and all the high-tech lines a serious racer would choose.

We test sailed this well-mannered boat last fall on Chesapeake Bay. According to our GPS, in a 12-knot breeze the boat sailed upwind at 7.2 knots. It accelerated to 8.4 knots downwind when we set the symmetric kite. If you’re looking for a gauge of its speed potential, the boat rates between an Aerodyne 38 and a Farr 40.

Doug Croker, who previously owned a 1D35, supplied our test boat, Canvasback. “I wanted something that could go offshore and do some distance racing,” says Croker. “This boat is unbelievable in a blow. One race we just smoked up and down the Chesapeake in 35 knots and waves. I went down below and nothing moved- no flex, no leaks. It’s a really solid boat.”

While our experience with the Sydney 38’s handling characteristics indicated the boat would excel in 20 knots, we checked with Alice Martin, a 38 owner from Chicago. “We looked at over 50 designs, and this boat fit our desire for a serious raceboat with an interior that allows us to enjoy Mac races,” says Martin. “My crew had ’jib envy’ in the light airs at Key West Race Week, but I’ve been in a few good storms, and in anything over 10 knots, the boat kicks butt.”

The deck layout is functional, with six Harken winches positioned for duty and a split 2-to-1 European-style mainsheet system that runs aft along the boom to a flush-mounted deck traveler. The boat also has adjustable jib cars, Spinlock stoppers, and a solid Forespar boom vang.

To keep the price of the boat under $200,000, Bashford builds the boat using vinylester and E-glass over a PVC foam-cored deck and balsa-cored hull, and covers everything with a polyester gelcoat finish. The fractional aluminum rig and the high-gloss gelcoat interior finish- and in some places, such as the forepeak, a matte finish- are concessions to achieve the boat’s target price. An internal one-piece fiberglass grid, which incorporates the keel, mast, engine, and rudder, supports and stiffens the hull.

A clean interior look is complemented by the minimal amount of wood finish, primarily found in the teak and holly cabin sole. The forepeak is used for sail storage and houses a ventilated head, which has a vanity sink and wet locker. The main cabin has a large settee and fixed, contoured teak table forward and to port. The galley is placed forward too, opposite the settee, and has a sink, icebox, and two-burner stove.

To provide space in the main cabin, the engine is installed aft of the sail drive, instead of forward of it. This also places the folding prop forward, closer to the keel. The nav station is immediately to port of the companionway and has cubbies. To starboard is another settee, which conceals storage below and behind it. The backrest of the starboard settee has hinges, which allows it to flip up and make another berth. Other sleeping accommodations are quarter berths- a double to port and a single with a pipe berth above it to starboard. With the placement of all the bunks so far aft, one would consider balancing weight forward during overnight racing. The main cabin is open and spacious with four fixed sidelights and ample storage. It’s more functional than luxurious, but all the bases are covered for coastal or offshore racing.

Thirty-six Sydney 38s have been built; eight are in the United States, and there’s already a fleet of six in Chicago. There’s potential for more one-design fleets around the country, but, in any case, the boat’s usually rated at 30 seconds per mile. Its base price is $196,000. With sails and electronics, we estimate the boat, in race-ready, sail-away condition, will cost about $225,000. Although it doesn’t break new design ground, the Sydney 38 is a solid product, and the sum of its parts is a well-built racing package.

The Sydney 38 is distributed and sold in the United States by Nelson Marine; www.nelsonmarine.com, 510-814-1858, in San Francisco and Thoroughbred Yacht Sales, 410-267-9419, in Annapolis.

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Sydney Yachts is onto a winner with its new IRC and one-design racer. Vanessa Dudley looks at the reasons why

I should probably make something clear right at the outset. If I was in the market for a new yacht and had at least $350,000 to spend, I would look very seriously at a Sydney 38.

This boat scores highly on my own personal approval register for lots of reasons. Not only is it purpose-designed and built for racing, from class regattas to club twilighting to IRC handicap events, but it looks as though Sydney Yachts really is giving the one-design concept a decent shot, with class rules and an owners' association in place. With 17 boats already produced and 12 more on the order books, (including 20 for Australian buyers), according to the company, the class is quickly reaching critical mass as far as fleet racing is concerned.

The boat is fast and nice to steer both upwind and down (at least in breeze to 20kt, the most I've experienced onboard the Sydney 38). It's a manageable size, and getting a crew of eight people together for a weekend race is probably manageable, too.

The swept-back spreader rig looks bulletproof and user-friendly without being a telegraph pole. I'd prefer a carbon-fibre rig, but maybe that's just Farr 40 One-Design envy, and then we're jumping up into another price bracket altogether, out of my (imaginary) reach.

I can imagine having a lot of fun with one of these boats, giving much bigger boats a hurry-up in club twilight races, having a good chance of finishing in the money in the IRC division of events like the Sydney-Mooloolaba Race, Sydney-Gold Coast Race and Hamilton Island's Hahn Premium Race Week, and taking on the challenge of one-design racing at the Sydney 38 class titles, sailed for the first time this year as part of the Hog's Breath Race Week off Airlie Beach. I can also imagine using the boat for more relaxed social outings, pottering around Pittwater or wherever with family and friends.

It's not hard to imagine all of the above because it's a brief summary of how the first Australian buyers have been using their boats during the past six to eight months.

I'm not sure if I'd paint the Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race into my own personal picture for the Sydney 38, not because of any concern about the craft's integrity or performance characteristics, but rather because it's a small boat for the big race, and that large, open cockpit and low profile coachhouse - so well-suited to around-the-cans racing or northern passage races - could leave you feeling pretty exposed in tough and cold conditions.

But there is talk of one or more of the Sydney 38s entering this year's Sydney to Hobart Race, including hull number 17, the latest to roll out of the Nowra factory on its way to Melbourne yachtsman, Lou Abrahams. Having already competed in 37 Sydney-Hobarts, most of those as owner/skipper, Lou could be expected to be discerning in his choice of entry, and prudent in his decision-making. And after all, a bad weather forecast on Boxing Day could always be the prompt to wait until January 2 for the start of the Strathfield Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race.

MODERN TIMES The apparent demand for the Sydney 38 reflects the international trend towards one-design offshore racing yachts with class rules requiring owner/drivers and restricting the number of 'professional' crew members.

The Farr 40 One-Design which embodies these principles has proven a runaway success in both the US and Australia. The Sydney 38 is a local, more budget-conscious answer, resulting from collaboration between the Pittwater-based yacht designers Murray, Burns & Dovell, professional yachtsman Ron Jacobs of Performance Boating Services, who played a key role in the design brief for the 38, and the Australian production-yacht builder Sydney Yachts, also known as Bashford International.

According to Martin Thompson of Sydney Yachts: "No-one wants to do the Saturday races any more; people want to club race in the twilights and go more one-design." He calls the Sydney 38 "the Year 2000 version of the J35" and says: "We're finding that people like the aggressively-styled wheel, the big cockpit and they want an interior that presents well."

Studying actual patterns of boat usage among local club fleets in this size range, plus Sydney Yachts' closest established models, the 41 and the 36, has led to some sensible decisions with the 38's layout. For example, Thompson says: "We could put a V-berth in the front of the boat and no-one wants to use it. So we have made that area all for sail storage."

Because the boat was not designed primarily for IMS handicap racing, Thompson says a more user-friendly keel shape with a thicker, rounder bulb carrying all the ballast low, rather than distributing some of the lead in the bilge, could be incorporated in the design.

SURVEY STANDARD Construction is all "to survey standard from day one", Thompson says. (Actual survey certification is an optional extra.) Construction is in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping classification for offshore racing yachts.

The hull and deck laminates are cored using PVC foam and end-grain balsa and the hull is laminated with vinylester and polyester resin, using E-glass unidirectional and biaxial fabrics.

A one-piece GRP laminated structural grid incorporates the keel attachment, mast step, engine mount and rudder bearing. Bulkheads are vacuum-bagged composite and ply.

ON DECK The anodised aluminium Whalespar mast is set up with double swept-back spreaders to support the fractional rig without running backstays or checkstays. Control of the rig while sailing is via the topmast backstay, which is adjustable using an hydraulic system controlled with a lever on the front of the wheel pedestal.

The mast is keel-stepped, with discontinuous Dyform standing rigging. The aluminium boom is also custom made by Whalespar, with a Selden solid boom vang. Running rigging is good quality throughout in Vectran, Spectra and braided polyester.

The mainsheet system is the tried and tested 2:1 version which uses a Lewmar traveller system mounted on the cockpit floor, and runs the double-ended sheet forward along the boom, down to turning blocks at the mast base and back aft to Lewmar 44 two-speed self-tailing winches on either side of the cockpit.

The primary winches are two-speed 46s, while there are a pair of two-speed 40 self-tailers at the aft end of the coachhouse for the halyards and control lines, which are locked off in banks of Spinlock jammers.

The headsail sheets are led through jib cars, which are adjustable from the cockpit using block and tackle jib car pullers. All spinnaker gear is also supplied, including running rigging, the pole and a 3:1 butt lift system for raising the inner end on a mast track with RCB car.

DOWN BELOW The boat we looked over was Blowfly, hull number 3802, owned by Pittwater yachtsman Barry Moore who previously raced the J35 Locomotion.

A DeLonghi Aria dehumidifier was running on shore power in the main cabin when we climbed below at the marina. First impressions were of a clean, functional layout, with the warmth of wood and soft furnishings in an attractive suede-look green fabric.

The interior is uncluttered without being sterile; you could hose it out after a passage race and, to my mind, that's a good thing. The less fuss the better on a boat like this.

The timber joinery is well executed, with teak panelling along the hull sides, teak-and-holly veneer floorboards and attention to detail in the double-groove motif carried around the edges of the dining table (an attractive feature with its pattern of radiating teak veneer panels), the navigation table, bunk surrounds, and the fiddles around the galley and on top of the engine box under the companionway (providing a handy storage space for sail ties, etc).

The companionway is a simple, light double frame in anodised aluminium, with moulded fibreglass steps.

Forward of the main bulkhead is an open area with the forepeak given over to sail storage and a Jabsco marine head to port with handbasin alongside, supplied with fresh-water via a foot pump.

Behind the head is a storage compartment for toiletries with mirrored sliding doors. The head's workings are exposed, so you don't have to grope around in the back of vanity units, etc, trying to find the seacocks.

Opposite to starboard is a hanging locker which saves weight by dispensing with a door - access is via an oval cutout in the fibreglass moulding. Ahead of this is a narrow hanging space for sheets, braces, etc. Above is a round anodised aluminium opening hatch which provides minimal snags for spinnakers.

The main cabin has an L-shaped saloon to port and a settee on the starboard side which doubles as a hinged sea berth with a rigid- based berth below. The cabin is fairly low profile, with wide sidedecks, and I found myself banging my head on the coachroof when I got up from the settees. (Hopefully something you do only a few times before learning avoidance tactics.)

The galley runs along the starboard-side of the main cabin, forward of the settee, and is set up with the essentials including a Maxie double burner metho stove and griller, icebox and small sink with freshwater supply via foot pump. There isn't a lot of storage space for food and utensils, apart from the small cupboards above and outboard, which have sliding perspex doors for easy access.

The aft end of the port settee doubles as the seat for the aft-facing nav station, which consists of a chart table plus space for navigation equipment and electronics. Facing backwards probably isn't a bad idea; as the navigator can have direct eye contact with the cockpit crew through the companionway.

Aft of the nav table is a small bench seat which would be a handy spot to sit and pull your seaboots or wet weather gear on or off, or simply unwind and annoy the navigator at the end of a watch during a longer race.

Outboard of this seat is a six-compartment storage area for personal items like sunscreen, sunglasses and caps, as well as boat gear like winch handles, tools, etc. Another handy nook for hardware such as change blocks, VB cord, etc, is under the chart table.

Blowfly's nav station was set-up with Seiwa GPS chartplotter with C-MAP NT charts, the standard electrics panel, Clarion marine CD player with AM/FM radio and Wagner SSB radiotelephone. Wind and performance instruments were Brookes & Gatehouse. (The other boat involved in this test, Obsession, had Raytheon instruments and chartplotter plus an Icom VHF and Codan marine radio.)

Aft to port is the master cabin with a large double quarter berth, which has split bunk squabs so you could add a leecloth down the middle for racing offshore. On the starboard side is a single quarter berth and a pipe cot.

Standard engine is a Yanmar 3GM30 diesel engine with saildrive and 80 amp alternator. The seawater-cooled wet exhaust system discharges through the transom. The control panel with rev meter and on/off switches is on the engine box, while the throttle control is at the helm position.

PERFORMANCE We sailed on Sydney yachtsman Michael Jones' Obsession, brand-new at the time of this test. The occasion was a Wednesday afternoon club race with the Royal Prince Alfred YC.

There was an all-star cast onboard, involved in tuning the rig before the boat embarked on racing. Obsession's North Sails wardrobe included grand prix 3DL main and three headsails, plus a Dacron delivery/cruising main and headsail. We were sailing with the 3DL main and the dacron headsail.

According to North Sails' Michael Coxon, onboard for this sail, the three racing jibs are all around 109 per cent, with the No 3 being smaller on the hoist and with a hollow leech.

The Sydney 38 class rules prescribe strict limits on sail wardrobes and the number of sails which can be replaced each year.

We did not get to experience any thrilling spinnaker rides, this being a no-extras race, but upwind the boat happily sailed at 7.3-7.4kt in a 20kt breeze and proved very stiff. When a stronger gust arrived, the boat would heel fairly quickly onto its bilge and then sit happily at that angle and power along without wanting to round up or overloading the helm.

The class rules propose a maximum total crew weight limit of 720kg, and in one-design racing every bit of movable ballast will no doubt be valuable in a breeze, but because the boat is so stiff, you certainly won't need that sort of weight on the rail to enjoy the sail.

The recessed carbon fibre steering wheel is very big (and very bright green on Obsession) and steering was an absolute pleasure, with fingertip control all that was required upwind and down, and comfort for the driver either seated or standing.

The cockpit seemed huge for a yacht of this size and was easy to move around, while the transom area aft of the steering wheel provided a clear space for less-experienced guests.

When we returned to the marina, Michael Jones looked thoroughly pleased with his new yacht, while Michael Coxon declared it "a good family boat, with gear you can handle". Also onboard was Victorian yachtsman John Savage, whose background in one-design keelboat racing includes a World championship win in the Etchells 22 class. His approval of the Sydney 38 translated to an immediate decision to buy one.

Initial race results since the date of our test give an indication of the Sydney 38s' capabilities in mixed fleet racing. At the Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island in August, sailed in mostly light conditions, the four 38s sailing with an IRC time correction factor of 1.1060 placed second, fourth, fifth and sixth overall in the fleet of 20 IRC entries. (The smaller Sydney 36 Sport, Pamela C, which hung onto us doggedly during our sail on Obsession, took out the IRC division at Hamilton Island sailing with a TCF of 1.0610.)

The three 38s competing in the Sydney-Gold Coast Race - two of them brand-new - placed seventh, ninth and 16th.

THE CHARTER OPTION Although most of the Sydney 38s launched to date have been ordered for private use, six have been ordered by Pittwater Yacht Charters (Team Sail) with three delivered to date, for use in corporate racing and team-building programs as well as being available for charter for fleet and match racing championships.

A similar option is on offer from the charter company Sunsail in conjunction with Hamilton Island Ltd and Sydney Yachts. Under this plan, investors are being sought to launch a fleet of 10 Sydney 38s, to be based for most of the year at the Hamilton Island marina, and to provide an attractive feature for conference groups visiting the Whitsunday Islands resort seeking alternative team-building exercises, as well as opening new avenues for high calibre, national or international one-design regattas. The yachts are for sale to investors through Sunsail's local yacht investment program, which the company says has been used to sell yachts to 55 yacht investors during 1995-1999.

Benefits to investors include yacht charter and resort accommodation as well as first right of refusal to use their Sydney 38 in Hamilton Island's annual Race Week.

BUILDING FLEETS Sydney Yachts has so far built nine 38s for export, with six going to a group of Chicago Yacht Club members, two more to private buyers in the US and another to Hong Kong. The Australian dollar's low rate of exchange could well attract more overseas orders; good news for a local yacht producer which has already carved out a strong export trade.

The good news for local buyers, meanwhile, is the steady growth of fleets in Sydney and Melbourne. The Sydney 38 is a fun boat to sail, and true one-design racing will be the icing on the cake. For this to work in the long-term really depends on fleet numbers, the lack of which has tripped up many promising production boats in the past.

The Sydney 38 looks like it could clear that first major hurdle, as the Farr 40 One-Design has already done, presenting local yachtsmen and women with two very appealing - and quite different - options for offshore one-design racing.

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SYDNEY 38 Detailed Review


If you are a boat enthusiast looking to get more information on specs, built, make, etc. of different boats, then here is a complete review of SYDNEY 38. Built by Sydney Yachts/Bashford Int. and designed by Murray, Burns & Dovell Pty. Ltd., the boat was first built in 1999. It has a hull type of Fin w/bulb & spade rudder and LOA is 11.73. Its sail area/displacement ratio 25.43. Its auxiliary power tank, manufactured by Yanmar, runs on Diesel.

SYDNEY 38 has retained its value as a result of superior building, a solid reputation, and a devoted owner base. Read on to find out more about SYDNEY 38 and decide if it is a fit for your boating needs.

Boat Information

Boat specifications, sail boat calculation, rig and sail specs, auxillary power tank, accomodations, contributions, who designed the sydney 38.

SYDNEY 38 was designed by Murray, Burns & Dovell Pty. Ltd..

Who builds SYDNEY 38?

SYDNEY 38 is built by Sydney Yachts/Bashford Int..

When was SYDNEY 38 first built?

SYDNEY 38 was first built in 1999.

How long is SYDNEY 38?

SYDNEY 38 is 10.75 m in length.

What is mast height on SYDNEY 38?

SYDNEY 38 has a mast height of 15.4 m.

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Sydney 38 is a 38 ′ 5 ″ / 11.7 m monohull sailboat designed by Murray, Burns & Dovell Pty. Ltd. and built by Sydney Yachts/Bashford Int. starting in 1999.

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Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

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Competitors hot to topple Sydney 38 One-Design NSW champion

Competitors hot to topple Sydney 38 One-Design NSW champion

Main photo: Avalon handling the harsh conditions at the Pittwater Regatta. Photo by Andrea Francolini

The largest fleet in years will face starters orders when the 2024 Sydney 38 One-Design NSW Championship kicks off at the Nautilus Marine Insurance Sydney Harbour Regatta this coming weekend when hungry crews will be out to topple recurring champion, Conspiracy, owned by David Hudson and Peter Byford.

Although some have come close in recent years, Hudson and Byford continue to deliver that something extra, doing so again at the last Championship at Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour Regatta in 2023, when it looked likely Peter Sorensen’s Advanced Philosophy had the game stitched up – until the final race.

Improving regulars and new players alike are ready for the challenge ahead and all know what they have to do and who they have to overcome…

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Lisa Callaghan, co-owner of Mondo and Sydney 38 Class Association Treasurer, is among the experienced. Mondo’s skipper faced one of her toughest challenges in the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart. She and co-owner, Stephen Teudt, sailed Mondo to a good 25th overall in some of the most difficult and trying race conditions since 2004.

The pair arrived in Hobart after racing 628 nautical miles feeling a sense of achievement and renewed vigour.

“Coming back from doing so well in the Sydney-Hobart, I’m now quite excited to do the one-design thing again. Most of Mondo’s Hobart crew are doing the States with me,” said Callaghan, President of Manly Yacht Club where Teudt is Commodore.

“I’m also really excited to see nearly double the fleet and a rise in newer people in the class.  It was good to see Avalon do so well at the Pittwater Regatta. They beat Conspiracy. I think the competition will be closer than ever before at the States – and I will be excited to see a new champion!”

Callaghan reasons, “Owners have put a lot of effort put into building up their crews and improving speed and crew work. The States will give especially the newer people to the class a good experience competing against the other Sydney 38s.

She also concedes, “Mondo competes at its best and her crew learn the most competing against the other 38s. It’s a great learning opportunity and experience no matter how everyone finishes up.”

As the yachtswoman pointed out, the Sydney 38s are spread out at different clubs, so don’t race each other as a fleet, only sailing together at one-design events. “There are no more excuses, as the boats are the same, so it really gets down to the detail.”

This will be a first opportunity for most to race against those new to one-design racing as a class, so it’s difficult to pinpoint who the likely challengers to the main protagonists; reigning champion, Conspiracy (RPAYC) and Advanced Philosophy (MHYC).

“They are the ones to beat,” Callaghan confirms. “I think Avalon (RPAYC) and Challenge (Greg Croak – who finished third in 2023), will be right at the very top though.”

Geoff Ford, owner of Avalon, finished fifth at the Pittwater Regatta earlier this month, but has been otherwise unheard of at major events.

“I’ve been racing the boat for six years, but lurking in the backwaters of Balmain, although occasionally we come out to play in the Harbour,” he said. “But this is our first attempt at doing battle against the other 38s at a Championship.” 

Avalon won two races at the Pittwater Regatta and more importantly, beat Conspiracy overall, though it must be said that some of Conspiracy’s crew had jumped ship to Daguet 2 (co-owned by Peter Byford) for the NSW ORC Championship. Nevertheless, there is a psychological advantage in having beaten a renowned champion.

“We haven’t done the major class events because we didn’t have the sail wardrobe to make us remotely competitive. Now we have new Ian Short sails,” Ford explained. “We’re looking forward to the competition and the big fleet in the NSW Championship. We had our hit-out at the Pittwater Regatta.”

Ford has mostly new crew sailing on Avalon, but there is experience aboard. “Yes, I have people like Hedge (Glenn Cooper), Scott Clarkson and Stephanie Lyons. We’ve sailed against most of the boats at other regattas but never competed head-to-head in one-design. We’ll be happy if we finish mid-field or better.”

As to taking on Conspiracy again, Ford says, “I have a mate sailing on it, so there’s already a bet on between us…”

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Sydney 38 One-Design NSW Championship entrants:

  • Adela II (David Lamond, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron)
  • Advanced Philosophy (Peter Sorensen, Middle Harbour Yacht Club)
  • Avalon (Geoff Ford, Balmain Sailing Club)
  • Challenge (Greg Croak, Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto)
  • Conspiracy (David Hudson/Peter Byford, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club)
  • Love Byte (David Alais syndicate, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia)
  • Mondo (Lisa Callaghan/Stephen Teudt, Manly Yacht Club)
  • Shine on – Team Callendina (Phil Herscovics, CYCA)
  • Thirlmere (Daniel Belcher/John Hodgkinson, CYCA)

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What an incredible opportunity!

The Sydney 38 yachts really are still regarded as the perfect club racer, still performing well under the IRC rule, and incredibly fun to sail and campaign.

'Mille Sabords' is not just race ready, but she is campaign ready, having been completely decked out for the 2021 Hobart race, there is nothing to spend, except for a boat owner membership at your local club and a few sneaky rounds to get the crew lined up!

This turn-key opportunity comes with:

  • Current IRC and ORCi certificates
  • Cat 1 Safety equipment for a 10 man crew excluding a few small items
  • Huge Race ready wardrobe for club and One design racing
  • Brand New B&G Vulcan Chart Plotter (2021)
  • B&G H3000 and Mast Jumbos
  • Sat Phone, New B&G VHF with AIS
  • Led Nav Lights
  • Full Boat Cover and Boom Cover replaced in 2021
  • Complete Survey from January 2021 available + CYC Keel Certificate
  • Carbon Fibre Spinnaker Pole and Bow Sprit
  • New Lazy Jacks fitted in 2021

This would have to be the best presented and most up to date Sydney 38 available on the market, so if you are serious about purchasing a competitive yacht, with an impressive race history do not delay and contact our team at Sydney Marine Brokerage, this vessel will definitely not last long!

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By MIKE DILLON You couldn't be this unlucky. You jump on a flight from Auckland to Sydney with the money to buy a cherished boat and get off the aircraft with no boat and no money. League dynamo Graham Lowe managed it. Lowe's fascination with boats is well documented and two years ago he was about to buy his umteenth vessel when he found himself seated next to trainer Graeme Rogerson on a Sydney flight. A couple of red wines after takeoff the boat had turned into two horses in the Hawtin/Rogerson stable. One of that pair, Lacroix, was a $28 winner at Te Rapa on Saturday and unfortunately, messy Warriors meetings on the day prevented Lowe and co-owner, wife Karen, from being on track to see the horse win. Do not let the long odds fool you into thinking Lacroix is destined to be an also-ran - the grey is highly thought of by co-trainer Keith Hawtin. "He's always been very smart. Lance O'Sullivan rode him early on and rated the horse. "What has slowed him down is having two knee operations. He had bone chips taken off a knee this time last year, was back in work and actually trialled then we found chips in the other knee and operated again." The inflated odds were because Lacroix had not raced since January and Hawtin was sure, that without the benefit of a trial, the horse would be found short on conditioning in such testing footing. "I told Graeme (Rogerson) and Graham Lowe that if the horse had had a trial I'd be confident." Lacroix led at the 250m and looked certain to win inside the 150m, but was under huge pressure to hold out a late lunge by Calici. Rider Noel Harris was surprised and delighted Lacroix pressed on so strongly. "At the 300m I thought, if he gives in now it will be a good run, but he refused to give up."

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