Boat Name: Mercedes III
Designer: Ted Kaufman / Bob Miller (Ben Lexcen)
Builder: Cec Quilkey
Year Launched: 1966
LWL: 31′ 1.5″
Beam: 11′ 3″
Sail No: R 450
Owner: Martin Ryan
ARHV Number: HV000494
History: Australia’s first cold moulded ocean racer, the first and fourth fore and aft oregon planking (5/16th”), 2 diagonal layers (3/16th”). Keel, ribs, frames and floors Queensland Maple.
Racing History:1966: Launched for the Admirals Cup trials, she won 9 of her first 14 races.
1967: Member of the winning Admirals Cup Team (+ Caprice of Huon and Boambillee)
1969: Member of Admirals Cup team, finishing 2nd (+ Ragamuffin and Koomooloo)
1980’s: Raced on Sydney Harbour with a short interlude at RBYC. Completed many Hobarts.
1986: Brought to RMYS by Martin Ryan. Sydney Hobart 1995, 1996. Success on CHS, IMS, and AMS over the years with the Cock of the Bay a favourite. (1st 1989 on CHS and 1st 2008 on AMS)
Link to Mercedes III Construction story Seacraft Magazine May 1966
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