The Yachts

Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy
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Stuart, Terry and Michael have sailed together for many years and have competed in a range of Ocean, State titles and club races/ regattas. However, having completed in 2016 and 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobarts they have realised their dream to complete the race with their own infrastructure. In order to make this happen Stuart and Terry had to make the tough decision to sell their previous yacht “SS Feathersword” which was raced to great success but also featured in many Wiggles DVDs as a result of Terry’s connection with the Wiggles. I guess the naming of the yacht gives away the relationship with this amazing group. This “family owned” team have worked tirelessly on Dark & Stormy with the help of their long-term partner “Wastewise Environmental” and believe they are now in with a great chance to show some of the newer/ bigger boats how it’s done.

Despite Stuart’s claim that the 2001 race was going to be his last, the chance to be part of the 75th race was too good a chance to miss. This race has close family ties with the crew as Stuart and his son, Michael, enter their third race together with son in-law to be Tom doing his second on Dark & Stormy.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Dark and Stormy
Sail Number SM69
Owner T Kourtis & S Mellington
Skipper S Mellington & T Kourtis
State VIC
Club SYC
Type Custom 37
Designer Ian Murray
Builder Pacesetter Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 11.4
Beam 3.5
Draft 2.8