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Sylvia CB80

Boat Details

Sail Number:
Boat Location:
Avalon Sailing Club, Pittwater, NSW
Current Custodian:
Martin Didsbury, Nick Durrant and Larry Eastwood
Year Built:
Designer & Builder:

Wooden Boat Shop, Sorrento, Victoria

Timbers Used:

Huon Pine

Length: 26 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 10 ft. 6 in.
Draft: 3 ft.


Custodian: Mary and Philip Kinsella; 1989 – 2010
Sylvia was built for Mary and Philip Kinsella at the Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento, Victoria in 1989. She was built of Huon Pine and is 26 foot 6 inches in length, with a 10 foot 6 inches beam.

When the construction was completed, Tim Phillips towed Sylvia to Sydney behind his Toyota Land Cruiser. He then inserted the ballast before she was launched at Pittwater, north of Sydney.

Sylvia was the solo Couta Boat at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) and, later, at Sydney Amateur Sailing Club (SASC) where she was sailed in a mixed fleet of classic timber yachts and she was the ‘poster’ boat for Gaffers Day.

Custodian: Larry Eastwood; 2010 – Present
Sylvia was purchased by Larry Eastwood from Philip Kinsella in 2010 and was returned to the RPAYC at Pittwater where she raced with Tenacity, Cariad, and Southerly.

In October 2019, whilst racing in the Muriel Trophy Race out of  SASC, Sylvia was hit by a 30 + knot wind bullet off Cremorne Point and sank in 18 metres of water. Only egos and reputations were injured! She was floated in time for the Balmain Regatta held the following weekend.

Along with Cariad, Emily, Kathleen Mary, Tenacity, and Wattle; Sylvia has been the mainstay of the Pittwater fleet from 2010 onwards, with many podium places in the Wattle Cup, Pittwater Regatta, Thistle Cup, RPAYC Summer Series and Waterford Cup. Her most notable placing was 2nd in the Couta Nationals title held on Pittwater in 2017. 10 Couta Boats made the trip from Sorrento to Pittwater for this event.

Race Record

Placing, Wattle Cup
Placing, Pittwater Regatta
Placing, Thistle Cup
Placing, RPAYC Summer Series
Placing, Waterford Cup.
2017: 2nd Nationals, Couta Boat Association, Pittwater, NSW

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