North Shore NS-X 38, owned by Gill Whitton ,and renamed,TorpanInternational, wins Sydney to Hobart,Hcp

....The NSX 38 has been sold and goes to the Sandringham Yacht Club,Melbourne.That is were we found its replacement---Racing Photos Can be Seen Below and through the Website-and the new one"Watch Her Now!!" ....

Balmain Experience       now         ---------    

Length Overall: 11.63 Safety Category: 1

Hull Material: Epoxy Glass Hull Colour: White

Designer: Kaufman/Jutson

Builder: Northshore

Where Built: Northshore Yachts as a NS-X

Sail Number...... 5985.

Yacht club Officiation: CYCA

See This on these boats  Sails:


One long distance ocean race for one win! The question is, should 51-year-old Sydney sailing instructor Chris Wise quit while he’s ahead? 

He can think about it as he flies back to Sydney on New Years’ Day – one and a half hours, basically along the rhumb line that he and the other seven members of Tony Williams’s Balmain Experience followed south for four days.

Think about the day and a half of being seasick. A night to remember somewhere in Bass Strait, at the helm, heart beating triple time as the boat raced down a double wave with the speed log hitting 17 knots. A fellow crewman injured as the boom swung across the boat. Another crewmember, whose day job is a surgeon, applying his sewing skills on a torn spinnaker.

Also the comaraderie of sitting alongside the rest of the crew on the ‘rail’ rounding Tasman Island, and sensing victory. Nearing the finish and hearing calls of ‘well done’ from shore as they motor into Constitution Dock – three days, 22 hours, 27 minutes and 26 seconds after the start. Thirty eighth across the line.

Sailing on board a 38-footer is a race of endurance – not a sprint like being on the bigger, faster thoroughbreds. Eight crew, four hours on watch, four hours off – until Tasman Island when they realized they were well-positioned and had a real chance of taking out the Performance Handicap Division. That helped extract an extra dollop of energy and commitment to bring the boat home ".

“Tony pushed the boat but pushed it sensibly and it paid off for all of us,” said Chris, with the Kaufman/Juston designed 38-footer taking out the PHS Handicap Division, one of three in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 
Wise has been teaching sailing at the Pacific Sailing School for the past 10 years, and has students, like him, competing this year in their first Hobart race, as well as former students crewing on other boats in the fleet. 

“I thought – why not me?” Sailing since he was eight years old, encouraged by his mother Yvonne and a winner of State and national dinghy titles, Chris came to long-distance ocean racing late in life, despite having Ben Lexcen, one of the great names of international sailing and boat design, as his step-father".

Like many, if As Nips-N-Tux this boat raced well in offshore races and in club championships. Tony Williams, sailed out of the Derwent Sailing Club in Tasmania for many years and race, latter, out of the CYC on a regular basis. Tony went south in his first Hobart in 2002 aboard Red Rock and is enjoying the change back to his own 38 footer. After a 2003 Sydney to Gold Coast win, this is the first trip south for Tony. To enlarge the photos of this boat, click on a thumbnail

2004 saw  bad luck come our way.......she was forced into an accident  in a training race on Sydney harbour only days before .Our 2nd string Cape 35,Torpan Restless(BYC 262)(Cat 2), wasn't qualified ----however she raced ,unofficially and show her worth against ,even Sydney 38,s


*****************  Now Exceptional Results   ******************


TorpanInternational  claimed 2nd ,on handicap, in the Sydney to Mooloolaba 2007 classic.After a miserable start,running last for 5 hours the profressional crew stormed her to the lead ,on handicap, after 24hours through stormy seas and tail winds----spinnaker running the whole way. Constant trials including the boats mast in the water, off Ballina, a sudden shift in the strong wind under full spinnaker running------we lost 3/4 hour with this..Gill,the owner, scrabbled to release the spinnaker halyard to right the boat.The lead changed constantly until she crossed the line ,everyone believing we had won it.A confusion of Witchdoctors handicap cleared gave that boat the race.The result though-- this,a credit to the crew:  Jane,the only lady on the crew's saying when presenting the daily roster::::"Thank you for flying TORPAN INTERNATIONAL"sums up the Tradition

 Our Sydney-Gold Coast Races result....2nd. Our result to Lord Howe Is. was a slow,like all,3rd on Handicap.





The NSX 38 has been sold and goes to Melbourne and is raced out of the Sandringham Yacht Club as Insx.However, the new,IRC, qualified,newer,70ft replacement is on the way                      



Here are some action photos from "TorpanInternational"from her Hobart handicap,2003, win and that at Gladstone...The Sydney -Mooloolaba photos are on the thumbnails

                              And Torpan "the Restless "off Gladestone,QLD:                    


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