115-year-old wooden Katwinchar to set sail in Sydney-Hobart
Sydney – The lineup for Australia’s gruelling Sydney-to-Hobart blue water classic this year includes a wooden boat built in 1904, the oldest vessel in history to compete in the race.
A total of 164 yachts are expected at the start line for the 75th edition of the brutal 628 nautical mile slog across the Tasman Sea on December 26.
Australian boat-builder Bill Barry-Cotter said his father had part-owned Katwinchar for a few years in the 1960s until it “basically disappeared”.
He found it but “it was in a very bad shape”.
Barry-Cotter has spent years restoring the boat to its former glory so he could enter it into this year’s historic event.
The trophy is in the picture on the left. – AFP