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Arthur Hicowe – 40+ Year Member Shares Some Memories

Friday, 29th May 2020

Arthur Hicowe has been a member of SYC for 44 years, but his love of sailing started long before that.  Arthur turns 80 in June and on receipt of his 40+ year membership polo and cap, he has put together some of his sailing history which is supported by some wonderful photos.





As a teenager, Arthur started sailing at Sorrento Sailing Club in a Moth called Fiesta, some years later he became a member at the Carrum Sailing Club.  While there, Arthur built and sailed a British designed, Shark V. Trimaran and also an Arafura Cadet Catamaran.


Arthur at Sorrento Sailing Club 

Shark V. Trimaran

Arafura Cadet Catamaran


Arthur admits that he must have been sailing from SYC in the early to mid-1960s some time before he became a member in 1976, something he couldn’t get away with today! 

When at SYC, Arthur sailed with Dudley Peters (deceased) in a converted 21 ft. restricted class and after that, in Dudley’s next yacht a wooden Tophat, Varneer.  It was in this boat, that Arthur and Dudley taught Ken King to sail as he frequently went out with them.


Converted 21 ft. 



After Dudley, Arthur went on to sail with Dr. Thomas MacDuff (Mac) Stokoe (deceased) on Dunedoo in what he thinks was a Clansman.  Mac traded up to a Duncanson 35 called Milluna and Arthur sailed on her for many years with Mac and did quite a few ocean races, including one Sydney to Hobart.  Mac then purchased his last yacht, which was a much bigger one called Myuna.  One of Mac’s crew members was Alf Montanaro (SYC member 1973 – current) ended up crewing for Ken King on the various Noeleens that he raced out of SYC.





Arthur then built his own wooden ketch, Shenandoah and owned her from 1970 till 1998, although she was kept at Blairgowrie, she was registered at SYC. 



After Shenandoah Arthur bought a Noelex 25, Capricorn Dancer, which he sailed for 19 years.

Capricorn Dancer