Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 Quite a number of teenage boys and girls have sailed with their fathers and mothers, including Tasmanian Ken Gourlay’s 14-year-old son who sailed on Kismet in 1957. A 12-year-old boy, Travis Foley, sailed aboard Aspect Computing in the storm battered 1998 race. In 1978, the Brooker family sailed aboard their yacht Touchwood – parents Doug and Val and their children, Peter (13), Jacqueline (10), Kathryne (8) and Donald (6). Since 1999 the CYCA has set an age limit of 18 for crew members in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. First and 50th races: The late Peter Luke and the late ‘Boy’ Messenger sailed in the first and 50th races. Luke skippered his own yacht, Wayfarer, in the first Hobart, Messenger sailed aboard Horizon. Luke, a CYCA co- founder, owned Wayfarer up until his statistics 082 death in September 2007 and was the official starter of the 2001 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. First women to compete in the race: Jane (‘Jenny’) Tate, from Hobart, sailed with her husband Horrie aboard Active in the 1946 Race, as did Dagmar O’Brien with her husband, Dr Brian (‘Mick’) O’Brien aboard Connella. Unfortunately, Connella was forced to retire in Bass Strait, but Active made it to the finish. The Jane Tate Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the first female skipper to finish the race. First all-women crew to compete: 1975, Vicki Wilman skippered Barbarian. Other all girl crews: 1989 – Christine Evans (Belles Long Ranger); 1992 – Kerry Goudge (Nadia IV), Adrienne Cahalan (Ella Bache); 1993 and 1994 – Kerry Goudge (Telecom Mobilenet); 1995 – Kerry Goudge (WOW – Nortel), 1996; Adrienne Cahalan (Elle Racing); 2001 – Lisa McDonald (Amer Sports Too). First time international crew members: In 2013, the international flavour of the fleet was increased with the inclusion for the first time of the 2013-2014 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet (12 x Clipper 70s plus two Clipper 68 training vessels). Vicky Song (Qingdao) was the first mainland Chinese woman and first mainland Chinese sailor to compete in a Sydney Hobart and Masibulele Libaya (Invest Africa) was the first black South African to compete. Zaw Sis Naing (Zefiro) was the first competitor representing Myanmar (Burma). Oldest yacht to race in recent years: Maluka of Kermandie was built in 1932. The 9.1-metre yacht was restored by Sean Langman and first raced in the 2006 as Maluka aged 74 years. He raced again in 2008, 2011 and 2012 as Maluka of Kermandie, and returns this year. Prior to this, the record was held by Southerly, built in Tasmania in 1938, which won the Over 30 Year Veterans Division in the 50th Race in 1994. She sailed in the 2000 race, aged 62, but retired before reaching Bass Strait. Ray White Koomooloo, built in 1968, the same year it won the Tattersall’s Cup, was the second oldest boat in the fleet to Maluka in 2006. In 2007, Spirit of Koomooloo (ex Ragamuffin, then Margaret Rintoul II) was the oldest boat in the fleet; as she was in 2009 and 2010. Oldest yachts to compete: According to CYCA life member and historian Alan Campbell, more than 31 yachts built before 1938 have competed in the race, including line honours winners Morna/Kurrewa IV (same boat, renamed) and Astor, which were built in the 1920s. He believes that Alice, which competed in the 1948 race, was built before 1908, although no records exist. Most successful designer of overall winners: Bruce Farr/ Farr Yacht Design (NZL/USA) – 18 overall winners. faMilY affaiR Clockwise from top: The Brooker family aboard Touchwood, which sailed in the 1978 race; Two-time overall winner Solo; Maluka of Kermandie, the 81-year-old yacht that will race again this year; Oldest ever Sydney Hobart sailor John Walker.
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