Sail Number: 45
Type: 75-Square-Meter (Knud Reimers 61)
LOA: 61’0″ / 18.60m
LWL: 47’0″ / 14.32m
Beam: 10’2″ / 3.10m
Draft: 8’10” / 2.7m
Hull Number: 855426
Designer: Knud Reimers
Current Owner: Nigel A. Stoke
Year Built: 1964, Auckland, New Zealand
Built By: Lidgard
Construction: triple, diagonal planked kauri
Sail Area: 1,300 sq ft
Nigel Stoke last raced Fidelis to Hobart in 2006, finishing PHS eighth overall. Beforehand, they joined the record entries for the 50th race in 1994, placing ninth in the 30 year division. A classic Kauri pine slimline yacht, she was designed by Knud Reimers and is famous for taking line honours in the 1966 Sydney Hobart when owned by Kiwi Jim Davern, who raced her to Hobart again in 1967, finishing second on line. Race again in 1969 and then under next owner, Peter Williams, in 1982. Took line honours in the 1966 Auckland Suva, 1967 Hobart Auckland the 1968 Wharingarei Noumea, 1979 Auckland Tonga and 1980 Tauranga to Port Vila races. She also cruised over 200,000nm. Nigel Stoke keeps her immaculate and has reassembled some of the crew from 2006.
Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders very first refit, Fidelis was one of the most famous yachts ever launched in New Zealand. Fidelis was extensively refitted by Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders in 1987 to transform her from a stripped out ocean racer to one of the fastest and most luxurious passage-makers of her day. Work included major interior and exterior modifications including new teak decks and a full repaint.