This is the right way to start your day…. (Photo courtesy Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association)
And look what was launched earlier this month:
(This photo and the next courtesy Australian National Maritime Museum)
MYRA TOO. Here’s a vid of her build:
MYRA TOO was built in 1950-1951 by her owner and designer, Billy Barnett of Sydney. In her first year of racing, MYRA TOO dominated the 18 footers, including winning the World’s in 1951.
At some subsequent point, she disappeared from view. A fire in Barnett’s shop in 1971 destroyed her original half model.
Thanks to the generosity of the Australian Open Skiff Trust, a replica of MYRA TOO has now been built and launched.
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the Australian skiffs, from the 10-footers to the 18s. (Proper nomenclature seems to designate them as “H10s” and “H18s,” for “Historic 10-footers” and “Historic 18-footers,” respectively.
Congratulations to all. What do the rest of you think? Please comment below.
P.S. David Payne, curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum, has offered the following. Wonderful work, David — thank you!