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Astor

Vessel Number: HV000036
Date: 1924
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 22.25 m x 26.21 m x 17.07 m x 4.72 m x 3.2 m, 59.04 tonnes (73 ft x 86 ft x 56.01 ft x 15.49 ft x 10.5 ft, 58.1 tons)
Registered Dimensions: 26.78Tons
Engine dimensions: 103 Kilowatts, 4 No. (138.12 Horsepower)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
ASTOR is a wooden yacht that was built in 1924. It is a William Fife III designed and built schooner that has had a long association with Sydney. The schooner was originally called ADA and was commissioned by Sir Alex MacCormick, a Sydney surgeon who was prominent in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and then the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club. It has taken part in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winning line honours on more than one occasion. ASTOR has been restored and is in excellent condition.

DescriptionWhen ASTOR was launched in 1924 and christened ADA.The carvel planked hull was 73 feet long on deck and about 86 feet overall including the bowsprit. Sir Alex MacCormick was a very experiendced yachstman. He had purchased the racing cutter THELMA, a Walter Reeks design, in the mid-1890s and won many races with it, then later comissioned MORNA, a Fife designed crusing yawl built in 1913 by Morrison and Sinclair at Long Nose Point, Sydney. ADA was his third and final yacht.

Sir Alex MacCormick had a thriving medical practice in Sydney, but often returned to the UK . In 1928 he sailed ADA out to Sydney via the Panama Canal with only a small crew. It was an uneventful voyage other then sitting out one gale as they avoided a cyclone off Fiji, and on arrival in Sydney they remarked how well the ADA performed at sea in all conditions.

ADA then became the flagship for the RPEYC and along with BONA (later BOOMERANG) the two schooners shared the envy and admiration of yachtsmen on the harbour.

After World War II ADA was sold to Bill Stuart, who changed the sailplan to a Bermudan rig in 1953. He entered the boat in a number of inshore yacht races where it was successful, winning the Duke of Gloucester Cup, Gascoigne Cup, Revonah Cup and Norn Cup.

Stuart then sold it to Peter Warner who owned the yacht from 1960 to 1965. He renamed it ASTOR after the brand of his household appliance company and skippered it in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. ASTOR won line honours on three occasions in 1961, 1963 and 1964. ASTOR also raced in the 1961 Trans Tasman race from New Zealand to Australia, and the 1963 Trans-Pacific race from Los Angeles to Hawaii.

The yacht was sold to an American buyer in 1965, and changed hands again in the USA in 1987. New owners in 1990 gradually restored the boat with a thorough programme that covered the entire structure, fitout and rig. Once completed in the mid 1996 ASTOR was again in superb condition and is considered to be one of the finest examples of an existing Fife yacht.

ASTOR is now used for cruising in 2006, and has spent considerable time amongst the many Pacific Island groups. On two occasions ASTOR has again returned to Sydney Harbour, using it as a base to spend the summer period.
Vessel Details
Ballast:external
Ballast:lead
Cabin or superstructure material and construction:timber planked
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:cabin
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:overhanging transom
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:full keel
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:keel hung rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Propeller:foldingfeathering
Propeller:single
Related materials:awards/trophies
Related materials:drawings
Related materials:film
Related materials:interviews
Related materials:models
Related materials:news clippings
Related materials:photos
Related materials:plans
Related materials:references
Rig type:BermudanBermudianmarconi
Rig type:schooner
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:wheel
Additional Titles

Previous title: Ada

Primary title: Astor

Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: 88

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