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Otaga
CountryAustralia
Boat TypePeterson 36
Sail Number1170
ClubMiddle Habour Yacht Club
RigSloop
LOA13.7m, 44.94f
Year Build1979 (age 42)
Owner (s)Bill Allen
Syd Fisher
Designer (s)Doug Peterson

Otaga

This boat was originally Ragamuffin and was  a member of the winning Australian teams in 1979 Admirals Cup and 1980 Clippers Cup

n the late 1980's Bill Allen bought Otago and sailed competitively offshore with MHYC for 5 years. In those days, every 4th race was a long offshore race. 

In 1989, he lent the boat to 2 of his women crew who were part of the group Women on Water (WOW) including Kathy Hawkins, Vanessa Dudley, Chris Evans and Nicky Bethwaite. The first night out they did 10 headsail changes which tired them out for the rest of the trip. Otaga was a big heavy boat, however they finished. (not sure whether this crew list was correct, but I got it from Bill Allen.

1989 Hobart

In 1989, Bill Allen lent Otaga to the WoW 

They 1989 CYCA Program says: Originally sailed as Ragamuffin as a member of the winning Australian teams in 1979 Admirals Cup and 1980 Clippers Cup, and more recently as Otago (owned by Bill Allen), this 46-footer has been chartered by Women on Water syndicate and will be sailed to Hobart by an experienced all-women crew, headed by skipper Christine Evans. They are only the second all women crew to sail on the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Women on Water Syndicate - Christine Evans (Skipper), Higgs (2) (Navigator), Kathy Veel (1), K Holz, D Sykes, R Lewis (2), J Gillott, Kerry Goudge (2), L Eagle, M Hudson, K Naylor, Gail Harland

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