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Arthur Psaltis. Sailor. Inductee, Hall of Champions, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

As notified in a previous entry, and re-iterated in less detail at the conclusion of this entry - in the year 2000, the Greek - Australian Sports Hall of Fame was inaugurated.

Many athletes of the original 166 are obviously of Kytherian origin - Psaltis's, Samios, Zantiotis, Andronicus: but the place of origin in Greece of many others - particularly those born in Australia - has not been indicated in the biographies outlined in the original list. Determining how many Kytherians were inducted in the original list remains a matter for future research. To further complicate matters, some of the athletes may have had a parent, or grandparent of Kytherian origin. (A good example is Stephen Girdis, inducted for sailing prowess, whose mother is Kytherian.)

Arthur Psaltis has been inducted in the Hall of Champions category.

From Pinax, The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame, Volume 1, reproduced with the permission of the editor, Steve Georgakis.

Arthur Psaltis was born in Sydney on 29 September, 1964, and like his brother, commenced sailing on his father's yacht Lass O'Luss. (Father - Bill Psaltis, (family parchoukli, "Ntessis", or "Ntessi"). In 1980 he sailed as crew on Meltemi, in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

He has sailed as crew with his brother Edward in races from Sydney to Hobart, Moolooloba, and along the NSW coast.

In 1991 and 1993 he raced in the international Fastnet Race, England.

In the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, he was the yacht's trimmer on Midnight Rambler, the overall winner of the race. (Midnight Rambler, photographed above).

By the year 2000, Psaltis had sailed in 12 Sydney to Hobart yacht races.

He also represented Australia in the Sardinia Cup.

The ill-fated 1998, Sydney to Hobart Yacht race

Fact Sheet


Started: 115
Retired: 71
Finished: 44
Sort Assistance: 12
Abandoned: 7
Sunk: 5

Approximately 1000 men, women and boys - youngest 12
Lost: 6

Rescue Operation
Crew lifted off boats: 55 of which 55 were lifted by helicopter
Aircraft involved: 45 including six services aircraft
Surface vessels involved: three including HMAS Newcastle
Cost of aircraft and vessels chartered by AMSA - $650,000
No estimate of services costs.

Weather Conditions
Wind speed of 78 knots from the west and southwest reported by 2 boats at least
Seas of 10 metre height in the area about 50 to 60 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island

Overall and Divisional Results with corrected times
SAYONARA first outside the heads and line honours

IMS Overall
1st AFR MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, Robert Hicks 35, owned by Ed Psaltis & Bob Thomas, CYCA -
2nd AUSMAID, Farr 47, owned by Kevan Pearce, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia -
3rd RAGAMUFFIN, Farr 50, owned by Syd Fischer, CYCA -
IMS Division A
1st SAYONARA, Farr 80, owned by Larry Ellison, St Francis YC, San Francisco, USA -
2ND BRINDABELLA, Jutson 75, owned by George Snow, CYCA -
IMS Division B
1st AUSMAID, Farr 47, owned by Kevan Pearce, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia -
2nd RAGAMUFFIN, Farr 50, owned by Syd Fischer, CYCA -
3rd INDUSTRIAL QUEST, Nelson/Marek 43, owned Kevin Millar, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Qld -
IMS Division C:
1st YENDYS, Beneteau (Farr) 50, owned by Geoffrey Ross, CYCA, NSW -
2nd AURORA, Farr 40, owned by Jim Holley, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, NSW -
3rd VALHERU, Elliott 50, owned by Tony Lyall, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Tas -
IMS Division D:
1st AFR MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, Robert Hicks 35, owned by Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas, CYCA -
2nd NOUMEA, Young 11, owned by Jean Luc Esplaas, Cercle Nautique Caledonie, Noumea, -
IMS Division E:
1ST MARGARET RINTOUL II, Sparkman & Stephens 48, owned by Richard Purcell, CYCA -
2nd BACARDI, Peterson 44, owned by Graeme Ainley & John Williams, Sandringham Yacht Club, Vic -
3RD MERCEDES IV, Kaufman 41, owned by Peter Stronach, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW -
IMS Division F:
1ST MISTY, S&S 34, owned by Bryan Clague, Mornington Yacht Club, Vic - still to finish and only boat in class.
Performance Division:
Div 1 :
1st ASPECT COMPUTING, Radford 16.5, owned by David Pescud, CYCA, NSW -
2nd AVANTI, Beneteau First 38, owned by Christopher and John Mooney, Royal Brighton Yacht, Club, Vic -
3rd FUDGE, Elliott 56, owned by Peter Hansen, Sandringham Yacht Club, Vic -
Div 2:
1st JUBILATION, Farr 40, owned by David James, Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Vic -
2nd BERRIMILLA, Joubert Brolga, owned by Alex Whitworth, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW -
3rd WAITANGI II, Jarkan 10, owned by David Wearn, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW. -
Channel Handicap:
1st AERA, Swan 46, owned by Nicholas Lykiardopulo, Royal Yacht Squadron, UK, Greece - 4.07.0025
2nd TILTING AT WINDMILLS, Joubert 40, owned Thorry Gunnersen, Sandringham Yacht Club, Vic -
3rd - FOXTEL TITAN-FORD, Farr 50, owned by Julie Hodder, Peter Sorenson & Stan Zamanek - Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW -

Background, Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame

In September 2000, through the initiative of the Millenium Heritage Council, the Church established the Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame in order to record the sporting achievements attained by Australians of Greek heritage who have distinguished themselves at either a National or International level.

The First Inductees

As a result, 166 sportspeople were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, in the presence of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. John Howard, during the unforgettable Millenium Ball held on Saturday, 2nd September, 2000, at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The evening was a historic milestone that revealed how vast and truly astonishing the contribution to Australian and world sport by citizens of Helllenic descent is, in an amazing variety of disciplines. Sportspeople travelled from all over Australia to attend the memorable event and felt enormous pride and honour at their Induction.

The Commemorative Book

A thouroughly researched book entitled The Greek Australian Sports Hall of Fame - Pinax, Volume I, coordinated by the Millenium Heritage Sports Committee and edited by academic, Dr Steve Georgakis, was also launched on the evening with the most fascinating details about each Inductee's accomplishments.

Pinax is the Greek word for list. It was used in ancient times when referring to the record of the Olympic Games victors whose names were inscribed on a column at Olympia in Greece. This informative book was published with the generous assitance of the New South Wales government through the Office of the Premier, the Hon. Bob Carr. Only a small number of books remain, however, since the interest generated by the concept attracted the attention of Hellenes around the world. It was especially appreciated by athletes and officials during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Committee is now looking forward to the second edition.

[Dr Steve Georgakis is also the author of Sport and the Australian Greek. A Historical Study of Ethnicity, Gender and Youth, as well as numerous other articles on the subject].

Note: The photograph above is the original photograph in Pinax.

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