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First Salthouse Coach Boat is now in Australia

by Zoe Hawkins 2 Mar 2021 11:35 PST
The Salthouse Coach Boat is easy to haul in and out on a three point lift like this one at Royal Port Alfred yacht Club © Anthony Nossiter/Salthouse Boats

The first Salthouse Coach Boat has arrived in Australia and is already supporting some of New South Wales' top sailors in their sailing endeavours.

Former Olympian, Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup sailor Anthony Nossiter, who has turned his attention from an international grand-prix career to coaching following the Covid-19 pandemic and its border closures, took ownership of the vessel in December.

Made in New Zealand by Salthouse Boatbuilders, the purpose-built coach boat is the first of its kind in Australia, with more expected to follow as the boats are rapidly proving their worth.

It hit the water just before Christmas and was immediately engaged in a number of high level campaigns over the peak summer period.

Its duties have so far been as varied as supporting and towing two Etchell keelboats - skippered by five times Olympian Colin Beashal and sailing veteran Mark Bradford of North Sails - through open sea the 29nm distance between Pittwater and Sydney. It is also Anthony's workhorse for coaching hopeful members of the Australian Sailing Team at the Olympic Games, through the New South Wales Institute of Sport Squad. Anthony coaches the Nacra 15 and 17 foiling classes, which are hugely demanding of their support and safety vessels.

"A support boat is the primary asset to maintain a safe training environment," says Anthony.

With both those uses in mind, Anthony picked the Salthouse for its speed and power. With its high bow it pierces waves and goes well both upwind and downwind. While he doesn't often need to travel at 40 knots - its maximum speed with a Yamaha 90hp on the back, he is reassured to know the speed is there and that the boat is optimised in event of any onwater incident or safety concerns.

This is because Anthony was with Artemis Racing when it lost Star Gold Medallist Andrew Simpson following a dramatic capsize and yacht failure in 2013. Even before this incident, safety of his sailors was always top of mind for Anthony and informed some of the customizations he requested for his particular vessel.

With his Salthouse Coach Boat, Anthony, who has run the Safety programme for Artemis Racing since this day, as well as safety for SailGP for three years, knows he can reach a boat in trouble and take an injured person back to shore for treatment as quickly as possible. With tapered tubes, it also has sufficient real estate in the foredeck to conduct CPR or for triage if ever required.

The high bow design keeps the helm and crew dry and tracks well in all conditions. "The Salthouse is not too extreme in the wave piercing, so when you are broad to the waves it still tracks well," he says.

The power inherent in the boat is ideal for towing, and Anthony chose both a removable bow tow post and an aft tow post for his Salthouse Coach Boat. The front post is ideal for side towing, enabling him to easily communicate with his Nacra sailors, and for easy maneuvering in and out of marinas and other confined areas.

"The foiling boards on a Nacra are similar to those on a SailGP F50, they are precious - by side towing we can take them up early and manage the boat more easily," he says. The forward tow post takes about a minute to install or remove, and is also used for the anchor, to avoid chafing on the tube.

Under Anthony's ownership, this Salthouse Coach Boat will be involved in taking the next generation of sailors to the Olympic games, and yet still has the capacity to support the Etchell fleet.

"I am really happy with the boat, and with the service Greg and Delayne provided," says Anthony of Salthouse Boatbuilders and his new, custom made creation.

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