Adria-Australis : Sydney-Hobart Racer
Josko Grubic asked Alan Buchanan for a boat that could win the Sydney-Hobart race. Legend has it that Buchanan requested the last 15 years' weather reports for the race and steel hulled Adria-Australis was the result. Josko participated in the race thrice in Adria-Australis before deciding he needed a bigger Buchanan designed boat, Anaconda, followed (after more failures to win) by Anaconda II. Adria-Australis has had a further four attempts at the Sydney-Hobart race under subsequent owners. During one, in January 1983, she was knocked down by a feek wave in a Force 8 storm off Cape St Vincent on Tasmania's south-west coast. The engine failed, and the crew had to sail on north-west up the coast. Eventually, once the storm had abated, they were towed into Macquarie Harbour, Strahan.
Adria-Australis was last reported to have an enthusiastic new owner in 2011 who was tackling some of the major issues her steel hull had accumulated over the years.
Built : 1967 by J Grubic in Athol Park, Australia
LOA : 48 2"
LWL : 35' 0"
Beam : 11' 6"
Draught : 7' 6"
Displacement : -- ton TM
Lloyd's Registration : N° 332442
Signal Letters : VM2207
Adria-Australis Custodians & Home Ports
Dan Lightowler (c2009-2011-?) Adelaide, Australia
AR (Tony) Harry (1975-c2009) Adelaide, Australia
E O Myers (?-1972-1974) Adelaide, Australia
Josko Grubic (1967-1971) Adelaide, Australia
Page last updated : September 2017