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Vale Frank Tolhurst - Australia's First Etchells World Champion!

29 August 2016 Phil Smidmore

Vale Frank Tolhurst

"Vale Frank Tolhurst"

The 1977 Etchells World Championships were the first to be held outside of North America and were the first to be won by an Australian.

Sailing on his home waters, Pittwater Fleet member Frank Tolhurst, ably crewed by Norm Hyatt and John Stanley, narrowly won from fellow Pittwater Fleet member and 1964 Olympic Gold Medallist, Peter O’Donnell, with Olympic Flying Dutchman representative Carl Ryves coming in third. The fleet also included the defending World Champion, David Curtis.

A successful businessman with diverse interests, including pastoral and construction, Frank won numerous 5.5 Metre Class championships, including three World Championships. All his yachts bore the name “Arunga”.

After yachting, he became well known in the (horse) Polo world, with his polo club also bearing the Arunga name.

In July, aged 92, Frank cast off the dock lines and is now sailing in bluer waters.

Vale Frank Tolhurst.

Good Sailing,

Phil Smidmore.


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