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Firefly
Firefly owned byGraham Newland
Firefly owned byGraham Newland

CountryAustralia
ClubMiddle Harbour Yacht Club
RigSloop
LOA8.83m, 29f
Beam2.86m, 9.4f
Draught1.64m, 5.4f
Owner (s)Graham Newland

Firefly

Sydney yachtsman Graham Newland started his sailing career as a member of the crew Jasnar with skipper Gordon Ingate in 1948. He was so thrilled with his first taste of ocean sailing that the following year he bought the 28ft sloop Firefly and races her with the Sydney Amateur Sailing club and later Middle Harbour Yacht Club.


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Firefly, the boat


Firefly owned by Graham Newland 1950
Firefly owned by Graham Newland 1950
Firefly owned by Graham Newland 1950
Firefly owned byGraham Newland 1950
Firefly on Clontarf Beach
Firefly on Clontarf Beach
Firefly MH46 and Mandy MH56
Firefly MH46 and Mandy MH56

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Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly 1953 Snellings and Deidre Bourke
Firefly and Linda
Firefly and Linda
Firefly and Linda
Firefly and Linda
Firefly, Nan, Pa and Snellings
Firefly, Nan, Pa and Snellings

MHYC's First Ocean Race

The Early Years

MHYC: The First 60 Years

Article by: Frank Like

Published: 1999

Chapter 3 Ocean Racing

Max Barnett's Pinta was the Winner of MHYC's first offshore yacht race. Prior to this event, however, a number of skippers of club yachts had indicated their desire to go offshore sailing. This followed a glowing speech by Wally Burke about his participation in the Lake Macquarie Race. Wally's talk fired up members and the next Lake Macquarie Race saw six MHYC yachts enjoying the excitement of a night start and sail up the coast, and the 'hauling down' to be towed over the 'drop over' into the lake. The hauling down procedure required two motor boats: one to haul the yacht down by the mast using its halyard, the other to tow it over the shallows.

MHYC participants in the 1955 Lake Macquarie Race were: Eudoria (Norman Way); Aquarelle (Nev McEnally);Ailsa (Bill Henderson); Firefly (Graham Newland); Seawind (Norm Brooker); Ladybird (Hal Harpur); and Blue Peter (Wally Burke). There was great racing on the Lake that Easter weekend with outstanding hospitality from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club and the inevitable hung-over passage home on Easter Monday. Some yachts cruised north to Port Stephens and Broughton Island.

The club's first ocean race, up to Broken Bay, was organised in 1954. Wally Burke was appointed scrutineer, to check the suitability of the competing yachts, and at 0800 hours on August 21, the small fleet drifted across the line, full of anticipation for a pleasant sail up the coast, hopefully with a sojourn in the Newport Pub to follow. The pioneering yachts were: Pinta (Max Barnett); Joy (Alf Wildman); Windsong (Noel Hopkinson); Ladybird (Hal Harpur, sailed by Peter Fletcher); Poinciana (Harry Begg); Talua (Max Halliwell); Ailsa (Bill Henderson); Seawind (Norm Brooker); and Firefly (Graham Newland).

Light headwinds meant that by mid-afternoon only the leaders had reached Long Reef. Max Barnett in Pinta had whistled up a bit of a breeze and had established a good lead, but a few of the fleet gradually dropped out and returned home, or resorted to motoring to Pittwater for the rendezvous at Newport Pub. Around Barrenjoey, the crew of Pinta set a kite, and finished at 0335 hours on August 22 well pleased with their effort. Ailsa crossed the line at 0430 hours; and Seawind followed five minutes later.

The participating skippers voted to repeat the event the following year and it became known as the 'Harry Elderfield Trophy Race'.

Frank Likely

1954 June: Firefly to Port Stephens

Seacraft article by Max Barnett and Graham Newland.

Graham Newland, Middle Harbour Yacht Club treasurer, made history just after Easter when he took his 31' x 9' 3" x 5' 3" draft Firefly to Port Stephens, then across to Myall Lake and right up the Myall River to the bridge at Buladelah. The sight of a husky yacht so far up their quiet river cause quite a stir among the local people. Graham says that manly miles of attractive inland waterways in the area await enterprising yachtsman.

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