|Boat name||Mercedes III|
|Designer||Ted Kaufman / Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen)|
|LWL||31 ft 11.5 in|
|Beam||11 ft 3 in|
|Draft||6 ft 6 in|
|Sail number||R 450|
Australia’s first cold moulded ocean racer, the first and fourth fore and aft oregon planking (5/16th”), 2 diagonal layers (3/16th”). Keel, ribs, frames and floors Queensland Maple.
1966: Launched for the Admirals Cup trials, she won 9 of her first 14 races.
1967: Member of the winning Admirals Cup Team (+ Caprice of Huon and Boambillee)
1969: Member of Admirals Cup team, finishing 2nd (+ Ragamuffin and Koomooloo)
1980’s: Raced on Sydney Harbour with a short interlude at RBYC. Completed many Hobarts.
1986: Brought to RMYS by Martin Ryan. Sydney Hobart 1995, 1996. Success on CHS, IMS, and AMS over the years with the Cock of the Bay a favourite. (1st 1989 on CHS and 1st 2008 on AMS)
Mercedes lll won MHYC Offshore division 8 years in succession under A T Clutton.
Crayfish Derby Honour Plate
61,62 Mercedes ll
70 Prospect of Whitby
71 M lll