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Ragamuffin is an overnight sailing boat in the Whitsunday Islands that offers a 3 day and 2 night tour for guests to explore and sail!

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Ragamuffin is an ex sailing maxi yacht, which measures 21m, or 70ft, in length. Ragamuffin was originally designed for the Admiral's Cup an international yachting regatta, which took place off the Southern Coast of England. She was designed by Australian Ben Lexcan, known for this design of a previous Admiral's cup winner, the Mercedes III.

Ragamuffin raced in the 7th Admiral's Cup in 1969, where she narrowly lost to America. While Ragamuffin dominated the beginning of the race and won the 225 nautical mile channel race, she lost momentum when the wind died down near the end of the race and the crew had to depend on their motor. In a series of unfortunate events that involved loss of power, an 'all standing' gybe, and some bad timing, Ragamuffin lost the lead allowing American to grab the title. She went on racing afterwards, but never experienced the same drama that came along with the Admiral's Cup.

Ragamuffin was skippered by Syd Fischer, who to this day is a well known racer, and had raced in a total of 8 Admiral Cup campaigns. Now in his 90s, he recently christened Ragamuffin 100, another racing yacht.

Ragamuffin now sails the Coral Sea in the Whitsundays with 13 passengers at a time. She was recently refitted in 2011 and offers guests the option to choose from open double berths or single bunks, and has two bathrooms on board. The open plan concept allows passengers to feel comfortable with space to roam around. Up top you will find her large masts, complete with billowing sails that were once used to race in the Admiral's Cup.

**Please note this tour is no longer in operation. For similar options, please refer to  Small Group Sailing ,  Backpackers (18-35's) , or ask one of our friendly consultants.

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Graham 'Scooter' Eaton and Keith Batt next to Maxi Ragamuffin. Photo credit Jim Gale.

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There are three Ragamuffins racing to Hobart, not just two

Ragamuffin 100, with 88-year-old owner Syd Fischer on board, and the TP52 Ragamuffin, helmed by his grandson Brenton Fischer, have receievd a lot of pre-race publicity. But there is a third Ragamuffin the race as this story from the Rolex Sydney Hobart media team's Jim Gale explains:

She was one of the greatest maxi yachts of her day; winning line honours three times, first as Bumblebee IV in 1979, and then as Ragamuffin in 1988 and 1990 and she last raced to Hobart in 1993.

For the last 20 years she has been thrilling charterers in Queensland, but in 2015, Maxi Ragamuffin has been painstakingly brought back to full racing trim. On Boxing Day spectators can marvel again as the 36 year-old German Frers design punches her way out through the Heads, bringing back so many memories of one of the great eras of this remarkable race.

The big boats fighting it out for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart have always held an irresistible glamour. These days it’s the mesmerizing speed of a Wild Oats XI , the jaw-dropping acceleration of Comanche .  Lithe, athletic, not an ounce of fat to be found anywhere in their exotic carbon-fibre hulls, these giant blue-water skiffs epitomize the modern, professional aura of elite sport in 21 st century Australia.

In the 80’s and 90’s, the age of the great aluminium hulled maxis, it was all about resilience and power. The stately American Nirvana may have wrapped that power in Newport Rhode Island elegance; the pretty Siska in brash West Australian bravado, but it was still raw power.

When John Kahlbetzer‘s Bumblebee IV burst onto Sydney Harbour in 1979, she oozed brute force.  A prize fighter, uninterested in a points decision when a knockout would do.

These big, heavy maxis roamed the world, from one big race to the next. They were little ships. Be it Valetta, Monaco or the CYCA marina in Rushcutters Bay, we plebs would gaze in wonder at the wealth, and yes, a different kind of power, that these giants represented.

“She is a very powerful boat, and she bites if you let her get away from you,” muses Graham ‘Scooter’ Eaton , Maxi Ragamuffin’s tireless boat manager come skipper. “She is a tank, state of the art in her day, no compromises.  But a cruising boat compared with today’s V70s.”

Kahlebetzer won line honours in 1979, then took her overseas to beat the best in the world. In 1984 Syd Fischer bought her, called her Ragamuffin , and campaigned her in six Hobarts, winning line honours twice; in 1988 and 1990. However, soon the first carbon-fibre maxi, Windward Passage II, would bring the curtain down on the aluminium age.

It has been a mammoth job getting Maxi Ragamuffin back to racing trim. “She’s been fully stripped and rebuilt from stem to stern,” Eaton says “We took 95 percent of the deck gear off.  All the winches were stripped and we found that 50 to 90 percent of each winch had to be rebuilt and there were no spare parts available anymore. Everything had to be custom made in Sydney.

It hasn’t come cheap.  Keith Batt, the CEO of  Nant (Whisky) Distilling Company and Maxi Ragamuffin’s owner, thinks there hasn’t been much change out of a million dollars. Buying the boat was the cheap part. But he has no regrets.

“It’s been just incredible, the enthusiasm and passion that everyone involved has brought to this project, which started as a marketing idea.  I do some sailing and I asked if we could sponsor a boat in the race.  When they came back with the cost, I thought we might just as well buy a whole boat.  I googled boats for sale and there was Maxi Ragamuffin .  I flew up to Queensland straight away. “

For Batt, his attitude to the boat is similar with his approach to whiskey making.  “We make our whiskey in traditional ways, in restored stone buildings, built by convicts in the 1820s.  We like tradition.

“This boat represents something about Australia.  Everywhere she goes people come to see her because they remember her and tell their kids about her.”

And in keeping with the whiskey tradition, Maxi Ragamuffin will carry a very unusual cargo: two barrels of whiskey will mature on the way to Hobart. 

“In the past they used to mature whiskey by putting it in barrels as ships’ ballast,” Batt explains.  “They discovered that this gives the whiskey lovely colour.”

Of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Batt says: “We’re going to be trying hard, she is stunning to sail. To see our helmsman, Roger Snell, put her through her paces is amazing. He throws her around like 20 footer.  She loves going upwind.”

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts on Boxing Day, December 26, at 1pm AEDT and will be broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia, webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7 and live streamed via mobile.

By Jim Gale, RSHYR media 

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History Returns to Sydney Hobart Race

Published on December 19th, 2015 by Editor -->

She was one of the greatest maxi yachts of her day; winning line honours three times in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, first as Bumblebee IV in 1979, and then as Ragamuffin in 1988 and 1990 and she last raced to Hobart in 1993.

For the last 20 years she has been thrilling charterers in Queensland, but for the 2015 race, the 80-foot Maxi Ragamuffin has been painstakingly brought back to full racing trim. On Boxing Day, spectators can marvel again as the 36 year-old German Frers design punches her way out through the Heads, bringing back so many memories of one of the great eras of this remarkable race.

The big boats fighting it out for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart have always held an irresistible glamour. These days it’s the mesmerizing speed of a Wild Oats XI, the jaw-dropping acceleration of Comanche. Lithe, athletic, not an ounce of fat to be found anywhere in their exotic carbon-fibre hulls, these giant blue-water skiffs epitomize the modern, professional aura of elite sport in 21st century Australia.

In the 80’s and 90’s, the age of the great aluminum hulled maxis, it was all about resilience and power. The stately American Nirvana may have wrapped that power in Newport, Rhode Island elegance; the pretty Siska in brash West Australian bravado, but it was still raw power.

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These big, heavy maxis roamed the world, from one big race to the next. They were little ships. Be it Valetta, Monaco or the CYCA marina in Rushcutters Bay, we plebs would gaze in wonder at the wealth, and yes, a different kind of power, that these giants represented.

“She is a very powerful boat, and she bites if you let her get away from you,” muses Graham ‘Scooter’ Eaton, Maxi Ragamuffin’s tireless boat manager come skipper. “She is a tank, state of the art in her day, no compromises. But a cruising boat compared with today’s latest designs.”

Kahlebetzer won line honours in 1979, then took her overseas to beat the best in the world. In 1984, Syd Fischer bought her, called her Ragamuffin, and campaigned her in six Hobarts, winning line honours twice; in 1988 and 1990. However, soon the first carbon-fibre maxi, Windward Passage II, would bring the curtain down on the aluminum age.

It has been a mammoth job getting Maxi Ragamuffin back to racing trim. “She’s been fully stripped and rebuilt from stem to stern,” Eaton says “We took 95 percent of the deck gear off. All the winches were stripped and we found that 50 to 90 percent of each winch had to be rebuilt and there were no spare parts available anymore. Everything had to be custom made in Sydney.”

It hasn’t come cheap. Keith Batt, the CEO of Nant (Whisky) Distilling Company and Maxi Ragamuffin’s owner, thinks there hasn’t been much change out of a million dollars. Buying the boat was the cheap part. But he has no regrets.

“It’s been just incredible, the enthusiasm and passion that everyone involved has brought to this project, which started as a marketing idea,” notes Batt. “I do some sailing and I asked if we could sponsor a boat in the race. When they came back with the cost, I thought we might just as well buy a whole boat. I googled boats for sale and there was Maxi Ragamuffin. I flew up to Queensland straight away.”

For Batt, his attitude to the boat is similar with his approach to whiskey making. “We make our whiskey in traditional ways, in restored stone buildings, built by convicts in the 1820s. We like tradition.

“This boat represents something about Australia. Everywhere she goes people come to see her because they remember her and tell their kids about her.”

And in keeping with the whiskey tradition, Maxi Ragamuffin will carry a very unusual cargo: two barrels of whiskey will mature on the way to Hobart.

“In the past they used to mature whiskey by putting it in barrels as ships’ ballast,” Batt explains. “They discovered that this gives the whiskey lovely colour.”

Of the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Batt says: “We’re going to be trying hard, she is stunning to sail. To see our helmsman, Roger Snell, put her through her paces is amazing. He throws her around like 20 footer. She loves going upwind.

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Background : The 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts December 26 in Sydney Harbor, taking an entry list of 111 boats along the 628 nautical mile course to Hobart that is often described as the most grueling long ocean race in the world.

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Sydney to Hobart: Australian super maxi Ragamuffin 100 charges into second spot behind Comanche

Ragamuffin 100 crosses the finish line of the Sydney to Hobart.

While the crew of American yacht Comanche celebrate line honours, Australian super maxi Ragamuffin 100 has charged home into second place in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Ragamuffin passed US contender Rambler 88 as the pair battled it out up the River Derwent to the finish line.

Rambler had held second place for much of the race after relinquishing the lead to Comanche when it repaired weather damage at sea.

Key points:

  • US yacht Comanche claims line honours
  • Co-owner Kristy Hinze-Clark first female owner to win
  • Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin edges ahead of US entry Rambler to be second
  • All three complete race with damage from wild weather
  • Race for handicap honours still open

Italian yacht Maserati finished fourth while New South Wales-based boats Chinese Whisper, Ichi Ban and Balance finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The owner of Balance, Paul Clitheroe, described a wild ride.

"Oh, it was a horror show. We had a beautiful first six hours, ran straight into the southerly," he said.

"We were expecting it and it wasn't any stronger than expected, but it lasted much longer.

"For nearly 18 hours boats are leaping off waves, crashing, banging through the night."

Rambler and Ragamuffin crews have joined celebrations with race winner Comanche which pulled into wild cheers on Hobart's Constitution Dock just before 10:00pm on Monday.

All three placegetters have battled rudder problems limping to the finish line well outside the race record.

The race for runner-up intensified as the yachts hit Storm Bay in the early hours of this morning.

Despite the slow going on the Derwent, Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 reeled in its challenger.

Ragamuffin's sailing master David Witt said it was good to "get one up" on the international yacht.

"It was amazing how close they were and then when the breeze filled, Brad Butterworth is their tactician, he decided to jibe off," he said.

"So we had to make the decision whether to go with them or not and clearly we made the right one not to go with them.

"I think that was part of the reason the boys were quite happy to - they're world-class guys on 'Rambler' so it was good to get one-up on those boys."

Whitt said the first night was one of the toughest in years and two crew, including himself, ended up in the water.

"We had the mainsail half down and the mainsail sort of took me out of the wheel and pushed me over the lifeline," he said.

"The boat literally went to 90 degrees, went dead-flat. When you are in that position it's not too bad, it's just how you get it back up.

"We had a pretty eventful night but we sort of dusted ourselves off, got back together and had a bit of crack."

Ragamuffin 100's sister yacht Ragamuffin 52 crossed the line in eighth place.

Race spokeswoman Di Pearson said the seventh placed Balance was ahead in the handicap stakes and owner Paul Clitheroe was now playing a waiting game.

"The bureau is saying that the winds are going to be easing right off and that there'll be nothing there by tonight and tomorrow," she said.

"That's going to slow the rest of the fleet down so if the bureau is incorrect and there is plenty of breeze there are people who can still beat him."

Wounded supermaxi blitzes field

The US supermaxi Comanche claimed line honours after a dramatic race full of wild weather caused 32 retirements, including pre-race favourite Wild Oats X1 which was chasing its ninth title.

At one point Comanche co-owner Jim Clark thought the race was over for his crew.

"The first night was just so emotional for us," he told reporters on Monday night.

"First I was told they retired and then that they were racing on.

"Until we came alongside the boat I wasn't fully aware of exactly what had gone on. It was my first real indication of just what had happened."

Comanche co-owner Kristy Hinze-Clark has become the first female owner to take line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Ms Hinze-Clark said she was overjoyed at the result.

"There was a bunch of emotions that went on: pure terror at one stage, excitement," she said.

"Now just total joy and fulfilment, I mean, it's one of the best things I've ever done.

"I'm extremely excited, I mean it's something that I've wanted to do for a while but always been questioning doing it, and I went out and trained with the guys and decided the weather was right, we're going to do it [then the] weather changed."

Damaged daggerboards a running theme

Daggerboard damage on US yacht Comanche

Ragamuffin's sail master David Whitt said the yacht's daggerboard, a type of keel, sheered off in rough weather.

The option was either to retire, which is not a Sydney Fischer option, or to come up with an alternative.

"We came off in the rough stuff, the boat dropped down, the daggerboard sheered off which meant the boat went sideways and wouldn't go upwind," he said.

"The option was either to retire, which is not a Sydney Fischer option, or to come up with an alternative.

"So we managed to pull the other board out which weighs 250 kilos, lay it down on the deck, cut the top of it off, drill a hole through it so it had a top and a bottom and end ... and put it down where the other one should have been.

"While that sounds pretty simple at the dock, it's not very simple in a seaway. So the boys did a fantastic job."

Comanche skipper Ken Read also described losing the daggerboard and rudder on Comanche's first night at sea.

"We actually started kind of drifting back towards Sydney," he said.

"And then all of a sudden I see the tools come out and when I see the tools come out with these guys that's usually a good sign that they have an idea. All of a sudden you hear cutters and little grinders.

"There's three stainless threads holding the entire steering system together right now.

"I talked to the watch captains and we all decided unanimously we're here to finish this race."

Italian yacht Maserati became the fourth yacht to finish, crossing the finish line just after 12:00pm (AEDT).

Interest has now turned to handicap honours which will not be decided for a couple of days.

France yacht Teasing Machine is best placed on current estimates but will need to reach Hobart by tomorrow night to take the title.

Several boats remain in the running. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon.

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‘Maxi Ragamuffin’ is a racing yacht that has won the Sydney to Hobart three times. It has been operating in the Whitsundays since 1994, travelling to Blue Pearl Bay for snorkelling and diving three days a week and Whitehaven Beach three days a week.

At 24 metres, Maxi Ragamuffin is one of the Whitsunday’s largest and fastest Maxi Yachts. Her considerable size ensures that she is comfortable in any sea condition. Below decks, Maxi Ragamuffin has cushioned settees and is carpeted throughout. She is equipped with toilet facilities, galley, refrigeration and has a 200 horse power auxiliary engine. Even if you have never sailed before, come aboard Maxi Ragamuffin and let the crew sail you to unforgettable day trip destinations.

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The outstanding 27-ton bullet-proof aluminium built sailing yacht Maxi Ragamuffin is making her racing comeback at the currently running Audi Hamilton Island Race Week . The racing comeback of superyacht Maxi Ragamuffin follows her 21-year career as a luxury charter yacht .

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Maxi Ragamuffin Yacht off Dent Island - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Luxury yacht Maxi Ragamuffin is a German Frers design built in Mona Vale in Sydney in 1979, the same year when racing as Bumblebee IV for John Kahlbetzer the boat took line honours in the Sydney to Hobart . Under Syd Fischer’s charge another two line honours triumphs would belong to the famous maxi and Ragamuffin moniker, in 1988 and 1990.

Maxi Ragamuffin yacht joined the 93-boat fleet at the inaugural Hamilton Island Race Week in 1984 and at least one part of the boat has been a permanent fixture at the island since 2009. The 30m aluminium flagpole on the flagdeck at Hamilton Island Yacht Club used for starting and finishing races at Race Week is the mast off Bumblebee IV which was lost overboard in Sydney Harbour then salvaged.

The mast was repaired and re-stepped in the boat and eventually replaced some years later by a more modern version. The original was stored in a warehouse in Sydney and forgotten until it came to the new yacht club’s finishing touches, when Commodore of HIYC Iain Murray thought it a fitting addition.

AHIRW 2014 Day 1 Sailing yacht Maxi Ragamuffin - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

AHIRW 2014 Day 1 Sailing yacht Maxi Ragamuffin - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Maxi Ragamuffin yacht’s new owner Keith Batt has grand plans for the 80-footer he purchased less than a year ago starting with Race Week August 16 to 23, then the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race in December.

In seven years super yacht Maxi Ragamuffin will head to Europe and the UK to retrace the epic sailing journey of the Nant Estate’s original settler who made the 10,000 mile journey from Cardiff to Van Diemen’s Land in 1821 to set up a whisky distillery.

Batt bought the convict built sandstone mill, last used in 1884, in Tasmania’s Central Highlands in 2004 and is successfully distilling under the Nant name. ”We’ve found French made mill stones the early settlers brought out from Calais in the paddocks at the property,” said Batt, the CEO of Nant Distilling Company.

Maxi Ragamuffin Yacht Owner Keith Batt - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Maxi Ragamuffin Yacht Owner Keith Batt - Photo credit Andrea Francolini

Some yachts in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week fleet have power winches, electric furling sails and canting keels. It’s old fashioned grunt on Maxi Ragamuffin yacht with the original cleats and winches and plenty of lugging, grinding and a heart-starting workout at every sail change and hoist for the 17 man crew.

Given its vintage, trying to find parts for the aging deckware is proving challenging. Graham ‘Scooter’ Eaton from AME is overseeing the refurb and he’s had to arrange for replacement parts to be specially milled.

Some of the boat’s original sails dusted off for Race Week haven’t been used since 1993; they were dug out of storage at Airlie Beach. So far the big heavy boat hasn’t had the chance to wind up in the light breezes, or test the strength of the sail cloth in the gusts.

Also in Maxi Ragamuffin yacht’s cruising division 1 is another big boat from a by-gone era – Condor, a two-time line honours winner in the Sydney Hobart race and winner of the famous Fastnet race out of England, and Whitebirds, an aluminium built Kel Steinman design originally launched as Bobsled.

The norm at these regattas is the workers sleep in the boat while the boat owner rents an apartment ashore. Batt is clearly enamoured with his new purchase. He sleeps on his boat and the rest of the crew stay in rented accommodation.

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Brenton Fischer keeps the Fischer and Ragamuffin names alive in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, having entered his legendary grandfather Syd’s TP52, Ragamuffin . He missed the race last year but skippered the yacht in the 2015 and 2016 races. “I’m really looking forward to doing the race again. We’ll be competitive - I’ll pretty much have the same crew as last time, like Clinton Wade-Lehmann. He’s helping me put the boat and crew together,” said the 34-year-old, whose Hobart debut was 2014 on his grandfather’s super maxi, Ragamuffin 100 . Last raced in 2016 for 49th overall, but the previous year were relegated from provisionally 2nd overall to 38th after colliding with Ark32 at the start.

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