by Tom Stuchbery For this issue of Tell Tales I wanted to write an article that inspired yachties from a full spectrum of the sport. As a lifelong sailing addict, I thoroughly enjoy the conversations I have with customers on a day-to-day basis, with work often feeling like a brilliant never-ending game where sailing questions
I vividly recall my first encounter with Matt Tucker. It was April 2020, COVID was starting to spread throughout the world, and I was making the most of temporarily inheriting the office of a senior colleague thanks to social distancing measures. We received an email from a customer in Tasmania building an experimental racing proa with a 360-degree rotating rig. I knew I must find out more, so I immediately called Matt Tucker.
I soon found out that not only was Matt building a very interesting racing proa but he had also sailed from Hobart to Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica in 2006 with his father and brother on the 34′ Snow Petrel.
Peter Dowdney has competed in the famed Sydney-Hobart race a staggering 16 times, most recently competing in the first ever DoubleHanded division of the race on the 41′ Elliot 1250 Joker on Tourer. However, the Sydney-Hobart was just a warmup for Dowdney and co-skipper Grant Chipperfield, as they train for the longest longitudinal race in the
When thinking about who we should feature in this second edition of Tell Tales, one of the first names that came to mind was Tony Cuschieri of Martini Racing. Over the past 20 + years Tony has built, or heavily modified a total of 11 sports boats at his factory in Rowville, not far from Ronstan’s Australian Head Office. READ ON……