115-year-old wooden Katwin­char to set sail in Syd­ney-Ho­bart

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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

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