Boat Name: Bungoona
Designer: David Philp for Joe Moore
Builder: Arthur Taylor, Sydney
Year Launched: 1950
Rig: Original Design 1946-47 Sloop 3/4 fractional sloop mast 33’ from cabin top, 2nd Rig Design 1957 3/4 fractional sloop mast 39’ from cabin top by Alan Payne, The 2nd rig design re-used the original mast fittings
Construction: Carvel, Queensland Beech
Original deck: Painted canvas (now fibreglass)
Beam: 9′ 3 1/4″
Displacement: 9 ton’
Sail No: R102
Australian Ship No: 199184 – 1950.
Owner: Cameron Dorrough
ARHV Number: HV000469
History: Designed by David Philp, Naval Architect, in Sydney in 1946. The son of a Hobart shipping agent and respected authority on both shipping and whaling in the early days of Tasmania, David trained as an architect of buildings but had strong family connections with yachts. In the early 1940s David moved to Sydney, opening his own practice in Pitt Street, and gained some reputation over a relatively short period of time both as a yacht designer/skipper and in his role as official measurer for the Cruising Yacht Club in the early Sydney to Hobart races. David and his family moved to Fiji where he worked with his architect brother Colin developing one of the early resort hotels. David died in 1969. Commissioned by J.E. Moore and built of local timbers, Bungoona (meaning ‘Sandy Creek’ in the language of the local Dharawal Nation) was launched on Sydney Harbour on 15 February 1950 to no great fanfare. Rumour has it that the original rig was a bit too small to satisfy Mr Moore’s racing ambitions and in 1957 he engaged a young Alan Payne – the designer of many famous Australian yachts including Gretel, a challenger for the America’s Cup – to design a new rig. For many years Bungoona was a regular entrant in the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Sydney Harbour racing circuit, before being brought to Melbourne in 1998 by her former owners, Ernst Zacher and Col Bandy. She has been a part of the CYAA fleet ever since. The original drawings and specification documents have always been retained by the owners and attest to the quality of her construction and the minimal changes during her 60 years on the water.
A note on David Philp The Mercury (Hobart) : Tuesday 3 December 1946 Page 18/20
SCHOONER The 65ft schooner Mistral, the largest boat in the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, is reported to have a hard driving crew this year. David Philp, of Hobart, will be a member.
INTERESTING ENTRANTS IN OCEAN CONTEST…..The 65-ft schooner “Mistral”, owner of which is Mr R. F. Evans, will be skippered this year by Norman Hudson, who was master of last year’s winner, “Rani”. Hudson will have as companions Ken Vaughan, and Tasmanian David Philp, who was to have skippered Tom Guiffre’s new boat “Eolo”, now impossible to complete in time. “Mistral” did not go well last year, but in this race will be packing on the canvas, and will have a hard-driving crew.
“Mistral” is the biggest boat in the race…
Seacraft August 1946 article Know Your Lines by David Philp
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