Stu Beltz - Piecing together history (Blog #9)

January 22, 2015

Having connections to the very first Sydney to Hobart  has made me very interested to find out more about other boats my grandfather Ron Beltz built. What becomes apparent from some of the old photos and tools we still have is the high level of craftsmanship he had in those days. My cousin and brother both share the same historical interest, and after finding the whereabouts of Storm King, we moved onto another of his vessels – the Mavourneen. The Mavourneen was a 31 foot shoal draft cruiser weighing in at around 9 tons again, built in his backyard in the quiet suburb of Lenah Valley here in Tasmania. Made for local ship chandler Jack Donaldson and built predominantly of...

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Stu Beltz - King of the Derwent (Blog #8)

January 09, 2015

The King of the Derwent is an iconic race that follows the Sydney to Hobart on the beautiful Derwent River in Hobart. I have competed in a few, and was fortunate enough to have been on a winning team with Harold Clark’s Farr 1104 Invincible in 2010! For tired Sydney to Hobart Crews, and keen locals alike it’s a short race around the cans, and most crews make it a relaxing race with friends and family aboard. Some 55 yachts entered the race for 2015, including Tasmanian entries and eventual IRC winner Fork in the Road, and Alive the Reichel Pugh 66. Both performed very well, and it was great to see them revel in the building 20-25 knots. Our...

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