Rival of Belmont

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The Bermudan Sloop built in 1960 to an Alan Buchanan Design

Rival of Belmont


Rival of Belmont : Sidney-Hobart Race Winner 1961
With the 2019 Sydney-Hobart race due to start in a few days time on 26th December, I thought I'd look back through previous winners. To my surprise I discovered that in 1961 it was won by an Alan Buchanan designed boat, Rival of Belmont. This must have given the designer's reputation quite a boost at the time and helped cement his standing as a designer of racing boats. By coincidence, Rival of Belmont is still afloat and currently up for sale for around £13,000 which has made finding out a little more about her relatively easy.

The win in 1961

In particular I've found an image of a plaque celebrating her historic win, and also an image of her Lloyd's Registration number, etched into a timber beam, which matches that in the registers

Lloyd's Registration Number

I've also tracked down a similar ship Sequana, also currently for sale, and also a regular competitor in both the Sydney-Hobart Race and the Brisbane-Gladstone Race in the 1960s.

Rival of Belmont Statistics
Built : 1960 by AG Burgin at Speers Point, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
LOA : 37' 5"
LWL : 26' 6"
Beam : 9' 5"
Draught : 6' 2"
Displacement : 11 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 191877
Signal Letters : ----
Sail N° 2

Rival of Belmont Custodians & Home Ports
Spencer Carpenter (?-2007-2019...) Queensland, Australia
Tom Seccombe (?-1979-1985-?) Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
AG Burgin (1960-1976-?) Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Rival of Belmont Links
Australian Brokerage Listing (December 2019)

Page last updated : December 2019


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