The Yachts

Dark and Stormy

Category Placing
IRC 58
IRC - Div 3 12
ORCi 40
ORCi - Div 4 8
Corinthian 20
Line Honours 81
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Terry Kourtis and Stuart Mellington sailed Dark and Stormy to 60th overall and 16th in Division 3 in their first Sydney Hobart together last year, so the crew have set their sights on another challenge by doing the race again. A custom built Iain Murray 37, she was bought from Bruce Staples in late 2011 and raced out of Sandringham Yacht Club for the last six years with success, winning the Winter, Summer and Around the stick series’. She also finished on the podium in the 2016 Melbourne to Stanley Race. Her owners say she is a fast yacht and always throws the crew a challenge. Stuart Mellington’s son Michael joins them for their second Hobart together, while son-in-law to be, Tom Buxton, gets his first dose. Waste Wise Environmental has helped put Dark & Stormy to sea again this year.


Competitor Details

Name Dark and Stormy
Sail Number SM69
Owner T Kourtis & S Mellington
Skipper Stuart Mellington (1) & Terry Kourtis (1)
Crew B Waters, P Moore (1), T Foote (1), R Tatti, T Buxton, M Mellington (2), L Hulley
State VIC
Club SYC
Type Custom 37
Designer Ian Murray
Builder Pacesetter Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 11.4
Beam 3.5
Draft 2.8