‘My worst sail. My best sail’

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‘My worst sail. My best sail’

30 July 2021 - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Squadron Speaker Series

Squadron Members look back so that others may look forward once this lockdown is over.

Get ready to hear a hand-picked selection of Club Members who will shoot the breeze on some of their most frightening, frightful, harrowing, really dangerous and just plain scary sailing, racing and cruising experiences.

They will also share some wonderful sailing experiences: wind from behind with unforgettable food and wine; nothing broken, nothing smashed; fun company…  Stories about just how good it can get!

Our storytellers so far:

Geoff Davidson
Geoff cut his teeth in MJs, Cherubs and Javelins before taking on the Finn class and winning Olympic selection for the 1980 Olympics. He has raced Etchells, been part of 12 Metre America’ s Cup campaigns and won last season’s RSYS season in Div.1 with his First 37.7 Jackie Clare. He is a past President of Yachting NSW and a Vice President of the Australian Olympic Council. He has been awarded a Barranjoey Pin for Olympic selection.

Geoff Hill
Geoff is a long time ocean racer, having sailed most of the major ocean races around the world – Sydney to Hobart, Fastnet, Transpac, Americas 500 Trans Atlantic, Antigua Race Week, many Asian ocean classics (South China Sea, Malaya, Hong Kong, China, Thailand). Geoff has had a number of yachts including Strewth – the current Wine-dark Sea, and a number called Antipodes, the latest being a Santa Cruz 72, currently locked down in Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Vanessa Dudley
Vanessa is one of our most accomplished sailers. She sailed 18 footers (NutriMedics in the ‘80s). She has done 23 Sydney-Hobarts, (best result 2nd with the women’s team on Wild Oats X), Transpac, South China Sea, and other Asian regattas. She sailed with Syd Fisher for five years on the 100 Footers. She has also won the World Laser Grand Masters outright twice: 2013 in Oman and 2016 in Mexico. She has been awarded a Barranjoey Pin.

Sean Langman
Sean is a has done it all. An 18ft Skiff and 49er sailer; 30 Sydney to Hobart yacht races on the most extreme range of yachts – the largest (Investec Loyal), and the smallest (Maluka). Two world records were set by Sean and his team: Sydney to Hobart and Sydney to Auckland. Both set on The Orma 60 trimaran called Team Australia. Sean is also addicted to old wooden boats and has been responsible for saving many beautiful and famous yachts from the grave. He runs Noakes Boatyard at Lavender Bay.

Ian MacDiarmid
Ian is another of our hugely accomplished sailors. He started sailing at Greenwich in MJs, 16ft Skiffs and Cherubs, later becoming a sailmaker and sailed everything on the Harbour, before moving into FDs. Then started his time with Mark Bethwaite, in Solings and J24s, where they won numerous National and World titles in those classes. Ian has sailed seven Hobarts, the Fastnet and Admiral’s Cup ocean races, and is a keen competitor in RSYS Div.1 in Hell Razer. Ian was awarded a Barranjoey Pin for his World Soling Championship.

Event details

Date: Friday 30 July
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar


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30 July 2021
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
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Frances Allison
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