CYCA | Andrea Francolini

2023 Great Veterans Race 

What a treat to see a showcase of some of our finest classic yachts once again take to the harbour for the club’s annual Great Veterans Race on Saturday. 

It goes to show age is no barrier when it comes to our boats, and our sailors! 

Light wind prevailed for most of the race – 7 – 12kt SE on an incoming SE swell, but enough for some fine sailing to be displayed from 27 entries across the three Divisions. 

The Classic Knud Reimers 61’ Fidelis, skippered by Nigel Stoke was victorious in the Classics Division 1, Alan Buchanan 37’ Vashti Design Valhalla (skipper Tony Burgess) won Division 2, and the Farr 42 Wild Rose took out IOR-Era Yacht, skippered by Gordon Smith. 

Congratulations to all the Placegetters. 


Fidelis – Classic Knud Reimers 61′ (Skipper: Nigel Stoke) 

Archina – Boden 60 (Bill Ferris) 

Defiance – International 8m (Iain Murray) 


Valhalla – Alan Buchanan 37′ Vashti design (Tony Burgess) 

Anitra V – Halvorsen 38 (Philip Brown) 

Malohi – Lion 35 (Maurie Evans) 


Wild Rose – Farr 43 (Gordon Smith) 

Impeccable – Peterson (Ben Gray) 

Plum Crazy – Adams-Miller 30 (James Nixon) 

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