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REUNIONS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Endeavour national titles
on Sydney Harbour
Yes it is now the 51st Endeavour titles!
And they will be held at Drummoyne Sailing
Club on the 9th and 10th of January 2016.
One of the most successful and
popular production yachts designed and
built in Australia, Endeavours offer highly
competitive yacht racing at a very modest
We are planning a 6-race series across
two Divisions (including non-Spinnaker) so
all are welcome. The last national titles on
the Harbour had over 40 entries .
Details will be on the Drummoyne
Sailing Club website soon.
All entries welcome and trophies /
prizes for Scratch and Handicap for each
division. Temporary moorings available
for Endeavours North and South of the
Save the date now — 9 -10 January
Jeff Finnegan, Drummoyne Sailing Club.
At the end of her cruise around the world
and with a little detour via Fiji, Phil and Di
Cook will sail into Sydney Harbour aboard
their Compass 28 Matira to enter the 2016
Compass Regatta at Vaucluse Yacht Club. Phil
and Di are also entrants for the “Jim Brown
Trophy – for the longest trip each year in a
You may think this a great hullabaloo for
yachts that have been out of production for
35 years but in fact it is the 50th Celebration
Year of Compass Yachts who in December
1966 launched the first Northerner 28. Little
did the co-founders, Gunther Heuchmer and
Don Lees realise at the time, this medium
size yacht would prove so successful and the
Company’s ‘Anchor Block’ around which they
would produce a range of fibreglass yachts
spanning the next couple of decades and
become one of Australia’s largest production
Over the years, Compass Yachts
developed a very loyal customer base with
both family and the Club racing fraternity.
Although they built the first Bruce Farr
production yacht, Piccolo, to win the 1976
LHI BBQ Cruise near
For the first time in its 13-year history,
it seems likely that the cruise to Lord Howe
Island for the annual Classic Yachties BBQ
could be over-subscribed.
At the traditional ‘Quiet Little Drink’ for
interested skippers and crew recently held
at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, a quick
roll-call confirmed 17 intending starters for
the cruise, plus another six wishing to be
noted as ‘possibles’.
A fleet of that size would exceed the
moorings capacity at the island. But, in the
past, the number of yachts that actually
complete the outward journey has somehow
managed to match the number of safe spots
available for their stopover.
The event is an entirely informal cruise-
in-company with no rules or organizing
authority. Its only fixed point is that
participating yachts should get to Lord
Howe in time for the fund-raising BBQ at
Ned’s Beach on the second Tuesday after
Melbourne Cup day. This year that falls on
All proceeds go to the Island’s public
school. The yachties have raised more than
$35,000 for the school’s Parents & Citizens
group since the cruise began in 2003.
There appears to be heightened
interest in the BBQ cruise following the
announcement that the Gosford-Lord Howe
Island Yacht Race has been discontinued.
Sydney-Hobart winner Ed Psaltis will cruise
his racing yacht Midnight Rambler to the island
this year and is looking forward to a more
Other yachts intending to make the
850nm round trip include the double
circumnavigator Berrimilla, Maris, Th e
Indefensible, Smokey Cape, Shambles, Sextant,
Morning Bird and Fidelis, the only yacht to
have participated in all 12 previous cruises
to Lord Howe Island.
There will be a “Compass Check” meeting
at the SASC on Thursday 24 September at
18:00hrs for those skippers and crew who
have secured a mooring for the BBQ week.
Sydney Hobart classic, their core business
where they had the most success was
building the family cruising yacht.
This is evidenced by the types of yachts
they produced; Southerly 23, Westerly 26,
Easterly30, Compass 750, Compass 28,
Compass 29, Compass Farr 1104, Compass
38, Compass 40 and finally the Compass
The Compass Yacht Group continues to
grow with over 350 yachts on its register and
a web site www.compassyachts.info (thanks
to Ken Robinson and Colin Hunter) where
for the past 15 years members have been
contributing daily to a forum, swapping
ideas. Are they good sea-boats? Matira is not
the first Compass to do a circumnavigation,
just the latest.
The Compass Regatta in February
2016 will celebrate the 50 years since that
first Northerner was launched. Old owners
and the largest fleet of Compasses that will
probably ever be seen will be on the Harbour
for the Regatta.
Geoff Raebel, tel: 02 9521 3070;
A forest of Compass masts in Sugarloaf Bay.
Compass 50th Anniversary Regatta
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