Sailing Craft




The ANMM collection of historic sailing craft has seven vessels that cover different aspects of racing, recreational sailing and solo adventuring. The craft are wooden or fibreglass construction. Key vessels include the contrasting 18-foot skiffs BRITTANNIA (1919) and TAIPAN (1959), the wing-sailed C-Class catamaran MISS NYLEX (1974) and Kay Cottee's 1987/88 solo-circumnavigation yacht BLACKMORE'S FIRST LADY.

Sailing and yachting has been a primary sporting and recreational activity in Australia since the mid-1800s. The 18-foot skiff class is a unique type developed on Sydney Harbour in the late 1890s which has a strong social story relating to the sailors and builders, and is recognised internationally for its extreme proportions and high-performance sailing. MISS NYLEX is an example of an Australia yacht winning a major international event through local design innovation with its wind-sail. Australia has had a strong representation in challenging voyages undertaken for adventure, and Kay Cottee was the first woman to complete an unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation in BLACKMORE'S FIRST LADY.

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1919-1988; Catamarans; Runabouts; Yachts


Sailing boats

Coverage Spatial

Sydney Harbour, New South Wales; Port Phillip, Victoria

Coverage Temporal



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