Explore Sydney on the magnificent Southwinds yacht
Make the most of your day exploring Sydney Harbour while aboard Southwinds, a magnificent 61ft’ yacht designed by Robert Clark and constructed in 1950. This beautiful ketch yacht is currently undergoing maintenance in order to be ready for use as a charter vessel in the latter half of 2018. Built with Huon Pine planks and spotted gum ribs, Southwinds holds a significant role in English design pedigree as well as Australia’s yachting history. A quintessentially Australian experience, admire the beauty of Sydney Harbour with a glass of champagne, family, friends and colleagues — all the while sailing amongst some of Australia’s most treasured and historic sights.
Southwinds – a historic yacht
Our primary charter vessel, Southwinds, has a rich history. Under the name Valhalla, she was one of the first yachts to be skippered around the world by a woman, has competed in the Sydney to Hobart, and has been owned at various times by notable Australians including John Hallas of Ella Bache — the sponsor of Jessica Watson’s solo circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere.
Having held many names over the years, the original name Southwinds was restored as the vessel itself was restored in New Zealand. The 1948 plans for Southwinds, including pencil sketches of her keel profile, lie in the British National Maritime Museum. Launched in 1950, Southwinds was one of the largest and fastest yachts to sail Sydney Harbour, and to this day remains a breathtaking sight
A true sailing experience
Anyone who has spent time aboard Southwinds will confirm, sailing is just a part of the enjoyment. She is a beautiful yacht that sails fast and steady due to a long waterline and solid build. The decks are expansive as can be expected on a yacht this long, while her Ketch rig keeps her manageable to sail.
Below deck she features rich timbers, large windows with high wide floors, creating a luxurious and spacious feel. A comfortable dining area and open galley offer a large, inviting entertainment space. The berths have plenty of light and storage.
There is a separate head from the bathroom, so you can spend more time undisturbed in the bath. Yes, that’s right, a bespoke wooden bath with traditional brass fittings.