Mandolin Wind under Spinnaker  

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Martin & Sue


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Mandolin Wind's Crew


Like many of the cruisers we meet during our travels, Martin and Sue are a Husband and Wife team - both semi retired (well, we do pick up some work when we can get it as a top up to the cruising kitty!)

We both came to sailing late in life - but once discovered, we were immediately hooked by the boating lifestyle.

Mandolin Wind is our third boat after a 10m power cat and a 10m monohull.

We learnt to sail with the Royal Brighton Yacht Club ( Melbourne ) , starting out having fun during twilight races on a Wednesday night before graduating to more serious bay races (Port Phillip Bay) and then onto Ocean racing in Bass Strait and at Hamilton Island

Racing experience includes:

  • Many regattas in Port Phillip Bay including several Geelong Week's
  • WISC (Women is Sail Challenge ) Winning the series when a crew member in the first year and skippering a crew during her last year before heading off cruising)


Above: it's called layering and in Bass Strait you sometimes need all the layers you can get!
Below: Always a good time at the end of a race day on Ingenue
  • Airlie Beach Race Week (several times)
  • Hamilton Island Race Week (several times including one memorable year when we won our division on Ingenue)
Above: the crew at Airlie beach Race Week
Above: mmm... Bass Strait on a good day !
Above: Rounding Southern Tasmania on an excellent day



  • ORCV Melbourne to Stanley
  • ORCV Melbourne To Hobart
Above: During the Melb to Hobart the conditions were kind. Sue on early morning helm duty.
Below: Dave - and on the right, Rosie - skippers of Ingenue and our wonderful sailing mentors to whom we owe much.

We owe much to our original mentors in the sailing scene and many thanks must go to David and Rosie for letting us crew so many times on their yacht Ingenue and teaching us pretty much everything we now know about sailing. Racing really makes you get on top of what you need to do in a smooth and co-ordinated way. Without their encouragement and mentoring we wouldnt have the skills to be where we are today. Thankyou.

PS ... Tack Rosie ? What, what's that... we only do that once a day or so now and then only if we really have to !!