"Henry Couper, commonly known as Harry, always harboured an interest in building and sailing a boats. He has the basic knowledge of yacht design, can weld, and is handy as a carpenter, all the skills necessary. On his transfer with employment to Darwin in the Northern Territory Australia, he immediately joined the Darwin Sailing Club. Hours were spent being involved in sailing activities on other skippers boats, until finally a contract was finalised with a local boat builder to build the hull for a thirty-four-foot steel temptress design yacht. Once the hull was completed, Harry commenced the fit-out, which took three years to complete. Then the fun and adventures began with plenty of practice sails in around Darwin, until finally he nominated for the Darwin to Ambon International Yacht Race. He attended navigation classes and had no trouble in understanding the procedures due to his knowledge of surveying."