Margaret Rintoul by John Brooks
Margaret Rintoul (Sail No .353) is a beautiful 44’ yawl designed by Phillip Rhodes. Built in Sydney in 1948 by Ted Haddock for Austin Edwards, Margaret Rintoul has a carvel-planked Kauri timber hull with a long keel and classic lines featuring an overhanging stem and overhanging transom.
The original spruce main mast has been replaced with an oregon one designed by Alan Payne. The mizzen mast has been replaced several times over the years and is also constructed of Oregon. Margaret Rintoul was a consistent performer in many ocean races on the east coast in the 1950s, winning several races including the Montague Island race in record time in 1951.
The yacht was 2nd on handicap in the Sydney to Hobart in 1949 and won the Sydney to Hobart race line honours in 1950 and again in 1951 when she set a race record.
Margaret Rintoul continues her adventures to this day. Owned by RSYS Life Member Bruce Gould since 1980, she is a familiar sight cruising on Sydney Harbour or on Pittwater and competing regularly in veterans races, the RSYS Friday night Twilight series and in the RSYS Annual Cruise.
As a classic yacht, it is appropriate that Margaret Rintoul’s regular crew members (unkindly known as “Dad’s Army”) are older than the boat.
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