The Yachts




Fidelis is a classic yacht originally designed by Knud Reimers in the 1930’s. She is triple planked Kauri, built in Auckland by Lidgards, launched in 1964 and famous for taking line honours in the 1966 Sydney Hobart, beating her nearest rival by a near-record margin of 17 hours 27 mins. She was purchased by Nigel Stoke in 1994 and raced in the 50th race with line honours in the Veteran Division. Fidelis was back again for the race to Hobart to celebrate 40 years of racing in 2006 and then most recently in 2016 to celebrate 50 years since the win in 1996, finishing 66th overall.

Now 55 years old she is back for the 75th in her 8th race to Hobart. She has competed and achieved wins in most of the major races around the Tasman and east coast of Australia. Stoke keeps her immaculate and has reassembled many of the crew from previous races.

Fidelis boat tour


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Fidelis
Sail Number 45
Owner Nigel Stoke
Skipper Nigel Stoke (4)
Navigator Lynn Anderson (5)
Crew T Moult (3), T Griffiths (2), B Gray (1), Q Reeve (1), T Tomaszewski (1), P Inchbold (31)
State NSW
Type Knud Reimers 61
Designer Knud Reimers
Builder Lidgard
Construction Timber
LOA 18.6
Beam 3.1
Draft 2.7