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Ton Cup, Japon: 5 - 7 - 2 - 1 - 3 = 3e/32,
H. TREHARNE, link
Comment from forum...:
How did "SEAPLY" go ? It was built for the 78 World QT. in Japan.
Designed by Paul Whiting to be built in plywood it was quoated as being lighter and with a bigger sail area than "MAGIC BUS"
Might have been a centreboarder, any centreboard boats still sailing?
SEAPLY had to be renamed (due to sponsor rules). I think they just changed the P to an F; SEAFLY.
Phum, Seaflyer was 3rd in the QTC. She was designed for light winds which were expected, and won the only light race by about 7 minutes. The Japanese boats did better in the other races when it howled. Sweet looking boat!
Seaflyer was a boarder but was later fitted with a keel, like all the rest of the 'boarders in Oz.
Comment from Facebook 2021 "has been sitting in a paddock on the NSW central coast for ten years"
January "Australian Sailing",
owner, David Lyons, complete overhaul and new name,
Seaflyer, KA ???
1990 NSW State Championship: 1er/?? Div 2, David LYONS
2017 From Dutch QT Class
Facebook: "The 1/4 tonner 'Seaply' (KA-101) was designed
by Paul Whiting to be built in plywood. She was quoated as being lighter and
with a bigger sail area than 'Magic Bus'. Skipper Hugh Treharne finished 3rd
with her at the heavy wind 1978 (sailed in January 1979) Quarter Ton Cup in
Japan. She was designed for light winds which were expected, and won the only
light wind race by about seven minutes. The Japanese boats did better in the
other races when it howled. 'Seaply' was a boarde...r but was later fitted with
a keel, like all the rest of the 'boarders' from Australia. The picture made
by Peter Campbell was used as cover of 'Modern Boating, Australia's top selling
boating magazine', edition January 1979.
From Australian Sailing - January 1979
'Seaflyer' capsized twice during the final race in the Quarter Ton Worlds but in both cases came through without damage to boat or crew. The first capsize came when the yacht broached under spinnaker as skipper Hugh Treharne tried to steer the boat down the back of a wall-like wave. The plywood centreboarder came up quickly without damage. The second capsize was on the wind, less than five miles from the finish of the final and deciding race. Knowing they had to finish two places ahead of 'Magician V', Treharne and his crew drove Seaflyer to the limit. In the darkness, with Jamie Wilmot at the helm, a rearing wave knocked the boat into an involuntary tack, with Hugh Treharne, John Stanley and Mike Sharpe all out on the windward rail. Because they didn't have lifelines clipped on, they were able to quickly climb up to the other side of the boat as the mast tip dipped below water. John Stanley was actually standing out on the centreboard, but 'Seaflyer' quickly righted herself as soon as the runners and sheets were released. Soaking wet from the capslze, the Australians crossed the line in third place in that final race, less than 35 minutes behind the winner 'Kamikaze Express' and only 10 minutes astern of 'Magician V', the ultimate winner of the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup. Those two vital placings in the fifth and final race cost 'Seaflyer' the championship." A protest forced her to change her name to 'Seaflyer', adding confusion to the already-messy Rule 26 situation. Thanks for the picture www.boatgen.com.au"
2021 Picture and
comment from Facebook, "Available for restoration
if anyone’s interested, needs a lot of work but generally OK"