William Fife “Sayonara”

Type: Topsail Gaff Cutter

Sayonara Specifications:

LOD: 57’7″ / 17.58
LWL: 38’2″ / 11.64
Beam 10’6″ / 3.23
Hull Number:
Designer: William Fife III
Original Owner: G.F. Garrard
Current Owner: Sayonara Syndicate
Built: 1897
Built By: Alex McFarlane of Birkenhead, Adelaide
Sail Number: R6
ARHV Number: HV000367


Sayonara, Japanese for goodbye, was built by Mr G F Garrard, then commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) at a time when the largest yacht in Australia were to be seen on Port Phillip Bay. Designed as a fast cruising yawl with high bulwarks by W Fife of Scotland, being a sister ship to his own champion Cirego, she was built by Mr A McFarlane of Birkinhead, Adelaide, and launched Novemeber 1897. She then cruised around to Melbourne in record time, proving unbeatable around Port Phillip during her launch year.

1898 – Racing rig changed to a cutter, increasing her sail area by about 300 square feet.

1904 – Sayonara Cup – Australia’s equivalent to the America’s Cup, was named after her.

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