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Please contact me if you know anything of Hull Number 93's history.

David Gill

June 2009 to now

I purchased Tondy from Michael in Townsville and sailed her to her new home of Jervis Bay. We enjoy sailing to Sydney for the New Years Fireworks. I sail her to Kiama and Ulladulla Harbours for slipping and maintenance and we enjoy Overnighters in Jervis Bay all year round. The big picture is to sail her around Australia in about 10 years time.

I hope to bring her up to near perfect, bristol condition over the next twenty years however the next ten years she'll be a work in progress with lots of sailing and family fun to be had.

Michael Barrett

2004 to 2009

I'm waiting on some history from Mike and will add a summary here once it arrives.

I do know that Michael purchased Tondy in Queensland and regularly sailed her up and down the east coast of Australia and she also spent a number of years in Tasmania

I recently found this;

SY Tondelayo is a fine example of a Downeaster 38. After sailing across the Pacific, arriving in Australia in 2003, she sat in a boat yard awaiting a new owner. Over the next 3 years she was fully rebuilt by qualified shipwrights and engineers. A new 40 HP Iveco was installed as well as most operating systems, sails and electronics. Ownership changed to the present owner in 2010 who has smothered her with TLC.

Tondelayo is a charming eye catching vessel and very easy to sail. Since arriving in Australia she has sailed Brisbane to Cairns (single handed), and then south to Tasmania, back to Townsville and then to her present home near Sydney

Andrew Cleveland

2001 to 2003

Andrew sailed Tondelayo from Ventura USA to Scarborough Qld Australia over three years.

He travelled through Mexico, The Galapagos, Marquesas, French Polynesia,Tonga and Fiji.

Read Andrews "Archived Adventures" (reproduced via an archived web site that I found) to enjoy the entire journey.

Andrew advised me of the following history;

She had original sails, and engine, which are what I used on my travels, so I'm pretty sure that she had not seen much use beyond the local Channel Islands, about 15nm away.  There were very few modifications to the boat, it was pretty much stock.  The only exception I can think of is the big bow platform.  The broker said the prior owner was an aircraft mechanic from the midwest US, that would stay on the boat when in LA.  He passed away, and I bought the boat from his widow.


Emery Erwin Volk and Karen Marie Volk (nee Wentzel)


I have just found these names via an Abstract of title with US Coast Guard and I am still trying to track Karen or any relatives down. I believe that Emery passed away just as they had planned on doing some extended cruising.

If anyone knows these people I'd love to hear from them.

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