Worlds Apart

Christopher Stannard

Jeanneau 39i Worlds Apart powered up in one of the brief moments of anything that resembled wind. Photo Simon Elliot.
Jeanneau 39i Worlds Apart. Photo Simon Elliot.

We have have raced against Chris Stannard ever since we joined the Blue Division in Twilight racing at Greenwich flying squadron. Chris is a keen competitor and  “Worlds Apart”, his Jeanneau 39I is one of those boats that will be at the start line come whatever.

Over the years we have had some great races with Chris and his crew, although there have also been a few too many races where all  we can do is watch him in the distance, unfortunately across the bow not the stern, As usual he will be on the phone within a couple of days to discuss/debrief the race. Chris is always the one to give you a friendly g-day whenever we are at the same function dinner or get together. It would be an understatement to say that Chris is “One of the Good Guys”.

Apart from sailing Chis has a few passions including Porsche cars and the history of Sydney harbour, he is also a member of a sizable silent group of harbour users that rue the gentrification of the foreshore and the winding back of the harbour as a working harbour. The latter passion may be a consequence of being part of the Stannard family that has and still do operate business on Sydney Harbour, as well as operations in other parts of Australia. Chris Stannard’s great great grandfather commenced business on Port Jackson as a successful Waterman in 1854. Chris has personally sponsored a number of books detailing various aspects of Port Jackson/Sydney Harbour. It is little known the Chis was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2003 for service to the community, particularly through the restoration and preservation of maritime heritage vessels of the Sydney Maritime Fleet.8