Skipper Ed Psaltis is preparing for a 35th Sydney to Hobart race. Photo: Dallas Kilponen (SMH)
|Club||Cruising Yacht Club of Australia|
|Boat Owner of||Midnight Rambler Farr 40|
Midnight Rambler Hick 35
|Boats Sailed On||Lass i|
Edward (Ed) Psaltis has been inducted in the Hall of Champions category. (Edward (Ed) Psaltis has been inducted in the Hall of Champions category.)
From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.
Edward (Ed) Psaltis was born in Sydney on 7 April, 1961. He commenced sailing at an early age on his father's (Bill Psaltis, (family parchoukli, "Ntessis", or "Ntessi"); yacht Lass O'Luss, and was a junior sailor with the Hunters Hill Sailing Club. Psaltis sailed in his first Sydney to Hobart yacht race as a 17-year old, and has since competed in eighteen of the races.
The high point of his career was winning first place overall aboard AFR Midnight Rambler in the storm ravaged 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. (About which, more later in this entry).
Psaltis has represented Australia in the Sardinia Cup, and the Southern Cross Cup. Psaltis's many achievments saw him voted NSW Yachtsman of the Year in 2000. The selection panel chose Psaltis for this prestigious award ahead of members of the Australian Olympic Sailing team and recent world champions.
He twice won the Sydney-Mooloolaba race in the 30-footer, Nuzulu.
In 1999, Psaltis also won the the Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race with AFR Midnight Rambler, only the second yacht to win both the Hobart and Lord Howe Island races - Australia's only annual Category 1ocean races.
Career highlights include:
1990-95, purchased 30ft Nuzulu.
1st overall 1991 and 1994 Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race,
2nd overall, Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race
Five Hobart races in Nuzulu.
First in division Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1991,
1996, purchased Farr 40-ft Midnight Rambler,
First in division, Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race 1998,
1998 purchased Hick 35 ft Midnight Rambler,
First overall Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1988,
First overall Sydney Lord Howe Island race 1999,
1999, elected CYC Ocean Racing Yachtsman of the Year,
2000 Elected NSW Yachtsman of the Year,
Has won every CYCA major ocean race conducted off the NSW coast