Mercedes III

Mercedes III

Boat nameMercedes III
DesignerTed Kaufman / Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen)
BuilderCec Quilkey
Year launched1966
LOA40 ft
LWL31 ft 11.5 in
Beam11 ft 3 in
Draft6 ft 6 in
Sail number R 450
OwnerMartin Ryan
ARHV NumberHV000494


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.

Racing History:

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
63 Salacia
64 Freya
67 Salome
69 Boambillie
70 Prospect of Whitby
71 M lll
74 Ragamuffin



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