Janaway under sail
|Club||Middle Harbour Yacht Club|
|Year Build||1938 (age 80)|
|Owner (s)||J.P. Ward|
|Designer (s)||Wally Ward|
From MHYC: The First 60Years
Article by: John Ward
Janaway was built afloat by Sid and Jim Perry in their houseboat at The Spit, the living room partitions being removed to make room so that the Perrys could live down below in the hull while building proceeded.
Constructed from spotted-gum keel and timbers, the New Zealand kauri planking, excess from a recently completed lifeboat contract, was delivered by water from Morrison and Sinclair where it was excess from a lifeboat just completed. All fastenings were roved, and an Austin 7 marine engine fitted. The hull was completely constructed by hand tools, the only electricity being available was a generator used for lighting.
Headroom was restricted in the houseboat, and Janaway was launched in October 1938 without keel or ballast, and with the keel boltholes plugged. The keel and lead were fitted at Griffin's shed and a second launching followed.
The design by Wally Ward was possibly the first truly Australian design to use the 'metacentric balance theory', which produced a hull free from weather helm when heeled. Over succeeding years, various modifications were made, one of which repositioned the rudder with the propeller shaft actually running through the centre of the rudder stock. The sail area was increased to improve light weather performance, and she was fitted with solid rod stainless rigging.
Janaway raced successfully, taking part in the first three Sweepstake races organised by 'Togo' Middows and George Griffin under the banner of 'Middle Harbour Cruising Yachts Association (later MHYC). So successful was she that Wally Ward was encouraged to design modified versions: first Jasnar, then Camira followed by the 'Carmens' and Camille. The Carmens have spread all over Australia since Jim Mason's sucess in winning the Hobart Race in Cadence under the Middle Harbour Yacht Club burgee.
Janaway remained in the Ward family for about 35 years. Currently she has been expertly refurbished to almost as good a new condition by Les Sours, and is now kept in McCarr's Creek.
Note: The Carmens have spread all around Australia since Jim Mason's success in winning the Hobart race with Cadence, also from Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The first 2 Carmens, Cadence and Cavelier were built side-by side by Ron Swanson at Dee Why. Camile was also built by Ron Swanson who sailed he most successfully, taking her to the Admiral's Cup and later competing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.