Century-old boat to compete in 75th Sydney-Hobart race

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 28 Nov 2019

The lineup for the gruelling Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic this year includes a wooden boat built in 1904, the oldest vessel to compete in the race.

A total of 164 yachts are expected at the start line for the milestone 75th edition of the race on December 26, making it the biggest fleet in 25 years.

Katwinchar, a 10-meter ketch built in 1904, is one of several older wooden vessels taking part in the often brutal 628-nautical mile slog across the Tasman Sea.

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 the boat on e-commerce site Gumtree but "it was in a very bad shape." Barry-Cotter has spent years restoring the boat to its former glory.

Katwinchar, which had competed in the Sydney-Hobart in 1951, will this year be skippered by Kendall Barry-Cotter.

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