Now MYC Members and champion yachties Scott White (2007 club person of the year) and Mick Daddo have kept the boat to still perform above expectations with owner Martin Ryan sailing Mercedes III to many more victories.
Only last month Mercedes III won the Guineas against a strong Couta Boat team which included Lincoln Rose - Peter Sydes
And last weekend they were the winner of the CYANZ Tony Blake Perpetual Trophy .. This trophy is a print of the Tony Blake donated $35,000 oil painting of the Classics Sayonara and Rawhiti racing in a Sayonara Cup Challenge through Half Moon Bay.
There other various awards include winning Cock of the Bay on many occasions. The new rating systems AMS and IRC, were introduced well after Mercedes III was designed and therefore giving a distinct advantage to modern yachts designed to these systems. Someone forgot to tell Mercedes III. Whilst 2014 is the 25th anniversary of her first 1989 win, it’s also the 10th anniversary of her win on AMS in 2004 and 2008 (by 7 seconds) and follows 1st, 1st and 2nd placings on IRC Division 2 over the last 3 years.
“Our racing calendar is concentrated on Classic yacht racing around Williamstown, Hobsons Bay and St Kilda with 25 other Classic yachts. Once or twice a year we take on the modern boats. We are hoping for typical Cock of the Bay conditions - 25 knots plus from the south. She is a beautifully balanced yacht that thrives in the Port Phillip chop” says owner of 27 years Martin Ryan.