BOAT NAME: Sao
BOAT OWNER: Geoff & Kate Doolan
OVERVIEW: Length: 8.5m, Launched: 1898, Huon Pine Carvel Gaff Rigged Racing Yacht Designed and built by Ned Jack Resides in: Tasmania
HISTORY: Launched in October 1898 by Ned Jack as singlehanded knockabout. SAO is gaffed rigged with a topsail. A good example of a radical period yacht design. SAO was commissioned by TC Archer and was successful in Tamar regattas and later adventurously cruised the East Coast. In 1910 her first engine was installed with generator and was reputed to be the first with electric light. Initially featured a steel centreboard but later a keel was added. Over her long life SAO has had many periods of neglect followed by restorations. The yacht, having been designed for the quieter waters of the Tamar, was exposed over many years to the more robust conditions of the Derwent. Sadly the co-owner fell overboard and drowned on 28 November 1925 when a heavy squall descended on the unsuspecting fleet during a series of club races. The major refit occurred when Geoff and Kate Doolan purchased the SAO in 2012 and set to work on her. Significant alterations include the installation of bronze sheet winches, bow sprit and new sails including a top sail set with jackstaff. The yacht has competed over the last 2 seasons at Port Cygnet while the restoration has been in progress. She featured significantly in the "gaffers" parade of sail March 2014 among a fleet of 27 similarly rigged craft. Work currently being undertaken includes fitting out below and strengthening of the hull given that with bowsprit the boat has been subjected to sailing pressure not anticipated when she first sailed 116 years ago as a cat boat.
Wooden Boat Festival 2015
BOAT NAME: Altura
BOAT OWNER: Ian Gough
OVERVIEW: Length: 12.8m, Launched: 1923, Huon Pine Carvel Cutter Designed by Alfred Blore and built by Vivian Innes Resides in: Tasmania
HISTORY: Originally owned by the shipwright Vivian Innes until 1968. Registered with the Port Cygnet Yacht Club. Altura competed in club events in the Cygnet and Channel area, including Channel Regatta's. Competed in the 1938 100 year Regatta. Sold to the Weidenhoffer family in 1968. Currently owned by Ian Gough who purchased the Altura in 1984. Deck and cabin rebuild 2013.