Fair Winds was built by the famous German shipyard of Abeking and Rasmussen in 1956 for a wealthy West Coast American. She is Design Number 633 from the board of Philip Rhodes perhaps the most elegant of the legendary mid 20th century American naval architects. Her launch was covered by articles in both “The Rudder” and “Yachting World”, the two most prestigious sailing publications of the day. She has crossed the Atlantic four times, and the Pacific once. Mark Chew, her current owner, purchased her in Auckland New Zealand in 2004 and sailed her back to her home port of Melbourne (RYCV). She has had two major refits giving her a new deck and hull planking. In the last 10 years she has sailed back to New Zealand, up to New Caledonia, down to Hobart and made numerous passages up and down the east coast of Australia. She has raced in Classic Yacht events under the CYAA/RYCV burgees in Auckland, The Bay of Islands, Sydney, Pittwater, Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Flinders, Queenscliff, Geelong and Melbourne, and hopes to do so soon on the Derwent. In 2016, following a successful North Queensland regatta season she made the cover of Australian Sailing Magazine twice in 12 months. She is simply fitted out with minimal electronics, basic comforts and no auto pilot. She is crewed by a tight knit group of close friends and their families.