Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 Oats XI’s 2013 line honours win made it 12 victories, including two record breaking runs with Wild Oats XI. Youngest ever sailor to achieve 25 Hobart milestone: Darren Senogles sailed his 25th Hobart on Ichi Ban (Matt Allen’s Carkeek 60) in 2013. Darren started competing in the Sydney Hobart at 14 years of age in 1987 and has only missed two races since. His record is unlikely to be broken since the introduction of the minimum age requirement (of 18) in 1999. Prior to Senogles reaching this milestone, Robert Case was the youngest person to achieve the 25 Hobart milestone, taking the title from Michael Spies. All three sailed on Ichi Ban in the 2013 race. Record races by yachtswomen: Fourteen women have sailed 10 or more races. In 2011, Adrienne Cahalan (NSW) was the first woman to reach the milestone 20 Hobarts (2013 marked her 22nd race). A trophy was dedicated in Cahalan’s honour to recognise her achievement. Other women who reach 20 races will also have their names engraved on it. Gail Harland and Felicity Nelson are the next most capped women with 19 races each; Vanessa Dudley 18; Mary Holley 16; the late Sally Gordon 15; Jan Howard 14; Amanda Wilmot, Sue Crafer, Julie Hodder 12; and Audrey Brown with 11 of 12 races aboard the radio relay vessel. Record races by yachts: In 2013, Bacardi, a Peterson 44, now owned by Martin Power (VIC), set a new record of 28 races. Bacardi surpassed the previous record of 27 races set in 2007 by Phillip’s Foote Witchdoctor, a Davidson 42 from NSW. Polaris of Belmont, a Cole 43, sailed her 26th race in 2010; Mark Twain, a Sparkman & Stephens 38, sailed her 25th in 2002; Impeccable, a Peterson 34, sailed her 25th in 2008; Spirit of Koomooloo (formerly Ragamuffin, then Margaret Rintoul II), a Sparkman & Stephens 48, sailed her 25th race in 2010. Record races sailed together by multiple crews: Syd Fischer and Tony Ellis sailed their 41st together aboard Ragamuffin 100 in 2013. Bruce and Andrew Taylor (father and son) celebrated 22 Hobarts together aboard Chutzpah in 2013 (it was Bruce’s 33rd race). Youngest skippers: The youngest recorded skipper is Sean Kirkjian (17) who skippered his parents’ yacht, Lady Ann (NSW), in the 1986 race with his mother, Ann, as navigator. In 1976, Ballyhoo and Apollo from NSW, finished first and second across the line, Ballyhoo was skippered by Jack Rooklyn and Apollo by his son, War wick (19). Greg Prescott (Tas) skippered his father’s yacht, Hotshot in 1980, aged 18. Liz Wardley (PNG), skippered her yacht, Dixie Chicken, in the fatal 1998 race aged 19, and was one of the many who did not finish. As of the 1999 race, the CYCA set an age limit of 18 for crew members. In 2011, three 18-year-olds skippered yachts: Jessica Watson (Ella Bache), Peter Langman (Maluka of Kermandie) and Christopher Percy (Alacrity). Oldest skipper: In 2008, aged 86, John Walker (Impeccable) became the oldest skipper. Retiring from ocean racing after that race, he and Impeccable are the only owner/boat combination to compete in 25 races together. Syd Fischer, aged 86, equalled the record in 2013 sailing aboard his super maxi Ragamuffin 100. In 1999, aged 84, Alby Burgin skippered Alstar in his 32nd and last race. He won the race overall with Rival in 1961 and retired from active offshore racing in 2001. Oldest sailor ever: John Walker (86 years, 2008) and Syd Fischer (86 years, 2013). Youngest sailors ever: As a baby, Raud O’Brien did his first of some six Sydney Hobarts on his parent’s Wraith of Odin (sic). As a veteran at three, Raud broke his arm when he fell off the companionway steps whilst feeding biscuits to the crew on watch. Sophie Tasker sailed the 1978 race as a four year-old on her father’s yacht Siska, which was not an official starter due to not meeting requirements of the CYCA. Sophie raced to Hobart in 1979, 1982 and 1983. battling it Out From the top: Jessica Simpson and her crew in the 2011 race; Syd Fischer and Tony Ellis, who sailed their 40th race together in 2012 aboard Ragamuffin- Loyal; Phillip’s Foote Witchdoctor set a record of competing in 27 Hobarts in 2007; Adrienne Cahalan.
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