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Diamond Cutter II
Diamond Cutter II
Diamond Cutter II
Diamond Cutter II in 1985 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, photo by Richard Bennet. Photo provided by Ken Mascord

CountryAustralia
Boat TypeDavidson 36
Sail Number2776
ClubMiddle Harbour Yacht Club
Year Build1979 (age 39)
Owner (s)Alan Sweeney
Former CrewAlan Sweeney
Bob Frazer
Campbell Knox
Deborah Banks
Julie Hodder
Ken Mascord
Mike Sharp
Patrick
Paul Boothby
Robin Crawford

Diamond Cutter II

Alan Sweeney bought Diamond Cutter II in 1979 after he sold the first Diamond Cutter I.

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Diamond Cutter II
Diamond Cutter II
Trifecta to Diamond Cutter
Trifecta to Diamond Cutter
Diamond Cutter 1980
Diamond Cutter 1980's
Diamond Cutter 1980
Diamond Cutter 1980's
Diamond Cutter 1980
Diamond Cutter 1980's
Diamond Cutter 1980
Diamond Cutter 1980's
Diamond Cutter 1980
Diamond Cutter 1980's
Diamond Cutter II, (c1985) photo provided by Ken Mascord

1980 Hobart

MHYC Boats competing included Diamond Cutter (25th overall), White Pointer - Keith Le Compte (38th), Pryority - John Pryor (27th), Battlestar (Harry Janes) and Sweet Caroline -Marshal Phillips (RET).

1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1980 Starters of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter at the start of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Diamond Cutter - Finish of the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

MHYC Log

Publish 1981 Feb/Mar - 1980 Start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter and Police Car
Oops Sorry Officer - Diamond Cutter II and Police Car
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
MHYC Log Feb/Mar - 1980 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

1982 Hobart

1985 Hobart

Diamond Cutter II in 1985 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, photo by Richard Bennet. Photo provided by Ken Mascord

From Ken Mascord's Memoirs

In 1985, Sweeny entered Diamond Cutter II in the Sydney to Hobart.  It proved an interesting race.  

We started in a good northerly which stayed in all afternoon until the southerly came through at midnight.  We were off Jervis Bay, well out to sea; we'd been chasing a strong southerly current, so we set out to take full advantage of it.  South from Jervis Bay, the current swept to sea in an eddy, so we didn't have to keep heading so far to sea.  It wasn't a strong southerly and settled down to a good sailing breeze.  

All day, I watched the wind and the sky.  By evening, the southerly was fading.  The forecast predicted that it would continue easing and jiggle to the south east.  All yachties know, that's what a southerly does, right?  

I was reading signs that pointed to it kicking back in from the west so being on the western side of the fleet wasn't going to be the wrong side to be.  Some of the crew were annoyed.  I'd put them exactly in the wrong place.  But I'd seen this once before when I'd misread the situation.  Bout nine  pm that night when we were somewhere near Green Cape, the wind came in fresh and hard from slightly south of west.  We sailed across the paddock powered up with slightly sprung sheets and carried that breeze all the way down the eastern Tasmanian coat. 

I calculated that we were leading on corrected time from the morning after that westerly stream came in and held that position all the way to Tasman Island.  What the sailing gods give, they take away.  At Tasman Island, we sailed into a deadly hole and parked for four hours.  We managed a fifth place on corrected time but who ever heard of the yacht that came fifth.

1985 Hamilton Island

Diamond Cutter 1985 Hamilton Island
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