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Howard Lambourne and Barry Cuneo highly respected members of the Moreton Bay yachting fraternity have combined their resources in a lone and adventurous challenge to represent Queensland at the Australian Farr 40 championship in Sydney this weekend.
Their challenger Lambourdini/Skreenkraft owned by Howard Lambourne and sponsored by Barry Cuneo under the internationally renowned Envy freestyle scooter banner and raced on a ‘shoestring’ budget with second hand sails is as expected rated as a remote chance by their competitors from south of the Queensland border.
“Sure in summary we represent an ambitious challenge however you don’t know if you don’t have a go”.
“We have managed to set the pace in class racing on Moreton Bay and the trip to Sydney while being a serious match racing challenge is all about finding out where we sit nationally”. Howard Lambourne said.
The crew who are nominated for the QantasLink Brisbane-Gladstone race starting on Good Friday April 6th and the first Queensland entry in the highly competitive one-design class championship have the potential and experience to create a surprise when the sails are tensioned for the important 2 day regatta.
For commercial sea going Captain Barry Cuneo this will be a welcome return to competitive yachting after showing enormous promise as a teenage skipper on the Brisbane River.
Being the youngest son of Australian 16ft skiff champion Tom and the nephew of 1972 Munich Olympic Dragon class Gold Medallist John Cuneo presented a tough act for Barry Cuneo to follow.
Naturally there were family discussions regarding an Olympic campaign in the 470 class when the time came for the younger Cuneo to decide his future.
Thankfully he accepted the respected advice from father Tom to ‘go to sea’ with the promise to eventually build a career in the commercial shipping industry.
He first joined the Australian National Line in 1980 as a cadet officer operating a tanker shipping service to Australian ports.
Then after a dedicated personal commitment he became the youngest captain to man the bridge of an Australian registered ship in 1993.
With those credentials registered in his personal resume the Brisbane born master mariner then claimed the international distinction of being the youngest master of world voyaging super tanker when he occupied the captain’s cabin on the French owned 340m 300,000 tonne New Wisdom.
Presently Barry Cuneo who has always regarded Brisbane as his home port is contracted as a senior shipping pilot in Melbourne while retaining a strong bond with Howard Lambourne and his son Brisbane yacht rigging expert David.
Both Barry Cuneo and David Lambourne along with their long term sailing mate Scott Miller ‘twisted the arm’ of Howard Lambourne who after a short discussion was excited to be involved with the joint venture.
“We are not kidding ourselves; the racing against the best on their own waters will provide us with the important benchmark on where we rate nationally”. Veteran Howard Lambourne said.
Footnote. Envy Scooters/Lambourdini will also contest the Middle Harbour Yacht Club Sydney Harbour regatta on March 10-11 then face a return delivery voyage to contest the Brisbane-Gladstone race with Barry Cuneo as the navigator on Good Friday April 6th.
By Ian Grant
Organised and Hosted by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club