In 1970, he and his eldest son John, were on board Patsy with new owner Russell Duffield, for a very windy Sydney to Hobart during which 14 yachts retired. He had accepted the yacht as part payment on a new 48-footer (partly completed), Trevassa, which he had built on spec. "I sailed Patsy for about three years in Hobart and she did very well in club pennants. She was also in a Bruny Island race when the weather came in very hard and we were the only ones to get around - I was very proud of that. Really, the first boat to push Patsy aside in performance was Hedley Calvert's Huon Chief."