Cuckoos Nest: Nigel Holman
|Club||Manly Yacht Club|
Middle Harbour Yacht Club
|Owner (s)||Nigel Holman|
|Former Crew||Andrew Miller|
Cuckoos Nest was the first international level rating 40 foot yacht to be designed and launched in Australia.
Since its launch in August 1993, MicrOpay Cuckoos Nest has notched up a dazzling list of achievements:
* First on handicap in Races 6 and 7 of the Southern Cross Cup;
* First on handicap and first with line honours in the Bird Island Race;
* First with line honours in the Sydney to Newcastle Race;
*First on handicap and second line honours in the Newcastle to Sydney Race;
*Second place on handicap in the Lord Howe Island Race;
It may be the blessing of Father Coleman of the Mater Chapel during its launch which has been responsible for the yacht's extraordinary good fortune.
It might also be the gold half sovereign placed under the mast step by owner Nigel Holman.
But superior design by Sydney design team Lyons/Laubreau and superior craftsmanship by builder Rennie Custom Craft of Brookvale, must be accounted for when the list of achievements is so lengthy.
Then, of course, there is the crew, without which a race cannot be won.