The Yachts




Landfall, built in 1935, is the first Sparkman and Stephens yacht built outside of the USA. S&S was then at the beginning of what was to become the most famous yacht design firm in the world. Olin Stephens, just 25 at the time, was extremely surprised to find his first overseas commission came, not from Europe, but from Tasmania.

Built by Percy Coverdale at Battery Point and launched in 1935, the yacht has been sailed continuously ever since. Landfall finished 7th in the 1952 Sydney Hobart and at 40 years of age she competed in the 1976 race. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart and her 80th birthday she is racing south again.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Landfall
Sail Number 554
Owner Michael Strong
Skipper Tony Dillon (6)
Sailing Master Michael Strong (2)
Navigator Darryl Smith (1)
Crew J Staniford, D Rauch, G Brooks (1)
State NSW
Type Sparkman & Stephens
Construction Huon Pine
LOA 13.4
Beam 3.0
Draft 2.0