NEWS AND UPDATES:
STOP PRESS - Tassie Too will be attending (weather permitting) the Port Cygnet Regatta which is being staged over this coming March long weekend (9th-11th, 2018). Why not come to Cygnet and participate in this great event. Check out the Port Cygnet Sailing Club's website for further information.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! - Apart from fundraising, Friends of Tassie Too urgently require more people to volunteer their services for maintenance work on Tassie Too. Please assist in maintaining this great vessel as an active sailing museum. Contact friendsoftassietoo@gmail. com for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tassie Too was launched from the Battery Point slips (near Hobart, Tasmania) on 26 November 1927 having been built by Charlie Lucas and Chips Gronfors. The 21 ft Restricted class yacht was designed by W. P. "Skipper" Batt in conjunction with Alfred Blore and John Tarleton with principal measurements of 25 ft overall x 7.5 ft beam. Class requirements called for a vessel of 21 ft on the waterline, 25 ft overall with a maximum beam of 8ft. Tassie Too was commissioned by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) and paid for by subscription to allow a second Tasmanian boat to compete for the hotly contested Forster Cup; the national event for the 21 ft Restricted class. Skippered by several members of the Batt family, including Skipper Batt, his brother Harry, and later Harry's son Neall, the vessel was a standout at the Forster Cup, winning the event ten times between 1928 and 1952; a statistic unmatched by any other vessel. See additional history and crew lists.
Raffled off by the RYCT in 1955, Tassie Too's subsequent owners have included Sam Goode of Launceston, Doug and Cyril Eastgate of Melbourne and Rod Fulton, also of Melbourne. Since 2000 Tassie Too was owned by Tony Siddons of Melbourne. The vessel underwent an extensive restoration, including being returned to original sail plan. These efforts culminated in her jubilant relaunch in Hobart at the 2003 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Tassie Too was kept on a mooring at the Sandringham Yacht Club in the intervening years. Well cared for, the vessel is in good condition and basically very sound, not withstanding maintenance.
Tassie Too made a triumphant return home to Hobart in September 2017, and was successfully relaunched in February 2018. A “Friends of Tassie Too” not-for-profit organisation has been established to coordinate the vessel's administrative, financial, insurance, scheduling and maintenance efforts. With support from the Tasmanian maritime industry, maritime history and sailing community, the “Friends of Tassie Too” organisation will ensure that Tassie Too is well cared for and well used. Initial activities of the “Friends of Tassie Too” have included securing funds for the vessel’s purchase and undertaking essential maintenace. Located at the RYCT, Tassie Too's future is bright! Once again it prominently features on the River Derwent for all to see and enjoy. The vessel will also be showcased at local maritime events, as well as be made available for recreational sailing on the Derwent and for possible participation in regional events and regattas.