Sparkman & Stephens “Ragamuffin”

Ragamuffin Specifications:

Type: S&S 48 – Current Name: Spirit of Koomooloo – ex, (1988) Margaret Rintoul II, ex (1968) Ragamuffin

LOA: 48′ 8″
LWL: 36′ 0″
Beam: 12′ 6″
Draft: 7′ 9″
Design Number: 1949
Rig: Sloop
Displacement: 30,654 lbs
Sail Area: 1,050 sq ft
Sail Number: 70
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Built By: Quilkey Brothers, Sydney, Australia
Original Owner: Syd Fischer
Current Owner: Mike Freebairn
Launched: 1968


Known Racing History:

1971 – Fastnet Race Winner


Ragamuffin has raced in 21 Rolex Sydney Hobarts, three Admiral’s Cups – 1969, 1971 and 1973

Legendary owner Syd Fischer has represented Australia internationally in 5 America’s Cup campaigns; self-funding all (a record shared with Sir Thomas Lipton). Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Yachting Awards 2013, Award for services to Yachting 2003, mentor to many of today’s sailors including Ian Murray, James Spithill.

In 1968 the first of Syd’s yachts named Ragamuffin hit the water. Syd built her in time for the Admiral’s Cup trials. She was the top point scorer at the ’68 Cup for Australia, with the team finishing 2nd overall.

The boat went on to win every major race it contested in Australia, with the exception of the Hobart race. As of 2010, she has sailed 25 Hobart races under the names of Ragamuffin, Margaret Rintoul II and Spirit of Koomooloo.

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