During the period 1931 to 1936 L. Francis Herreshoff, one of USA’s notable yacht designers, produced plans for 4 clipper bow ketch’s; Tioga and Bounty (57ft), Mobjack (45ft) and Ticonderoga (72ft), each sharing similar lines and profiles. Ticonderoga became one of America’s most successful ocean racing yachts through to the 1960’s and is still actively sailing.
Windward Star was built to the Mobjack design from plans obtained from Mrs Muriel Vaughan, secretary to Francis Herreshoff, who was able to continue to make his designs available for a period after his death.
Built of Australian timbers generally sourced from northern NSW.
Construction commenced in Ballina in 1987. After being transported by road to Forster NSW in 1992, she was fitted out and launched in Tuncurry NSW in 1994 with the assistance of Alf and Harvey Jahnsen.
She has cruised the Australian east coast from the Whitsundays in the north to and Port Davey, as well as being home to the Brown family for several periods of her life. She has been successfully raced in club events in Brisbane, Gladstone and Hobart. Results have included placing 4th overall and 1st place Racing/Cruising division in the 1999 Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race.