Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 boat notes 100 New Zealander Jim Delegat, managing director of Delegat Wine Estate (distributor of Oyster Bay Wines), purchased the 2011- 2012 Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama early in 2013. Renamed Giacomo, this will be her second Rolex Sydney Hobart race. In 2013 she finished sixth over the line and sixth overall in PHS. In June Giacomo won on handicap taking the SUVA Gold Cup. She will line up against at least two other Volvo 70’s amongst the other line honours chasers come Boxing Day. She features a canting keel, dagger boards and the latest in rigging. She was built for fresh off-the-wind conditions and will be impossible to stop in the right conditions. Established yachtsman, Steve Cotton, a Whitbread Race/VOR veteran joins Delegat for a second year, this time as second-in-charge. GUILTY PLEASURES VI SAIL NO: 40021 LOA: 12.4m CLASS: IRC/ORCi DESIGNER: Farr Yacht Design (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1998 TYPE: Farr 40 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Joel Bruce CLUB: Townsville Cruising Yacht Club, QLD CREW: L Thomas – Skipper, G Dorries – J Bruce – Navigator, S Brierly, D Haydon, R Arthur, K Collier, J Smith, R Finucane This is the maiden race for Bruce and the Guilty Pleasures VI team. Townsville skipper Leon Thomas officially took delivery of this former New South Wales Farr 40 Shaya Moya in April 2014 just in time to compete in the 66th Brisbane to Gladstone Race. The team have enjoyed numerous successful campaigns in previous editions of the Guilty Pleasures yachts including Airlie Beach 2010 and 2011 and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012. They hold line honours and handicap in the 2014 Coral Coast Race. HARTBREAKER SAIL NO: B330 LOA: 14.2m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Reichel/Pugh (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: Reichel Pugh 46 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: TBC OWNER: Anthony Walton CLUB: Royal Brighton Yacht Club, VIC CREW: A Breidahl (1), A Walton (1), A Delahunt, C Stott (1), G Carr (2), G Buchan (1), J MacDonald, J Whiteside (5), L Irving, M Morris, M Setton (2), P Stewart (5) Tony Walton and Alan Breidahl having purchased Shamrock in early March 2013, decided on a name change to Hartbreaker and to relaunch the boat to coincide with the first anniversary of the purchase. After much debate, the inspiration for the new name comes from Shamrock’s history as the former Secret Mens Business 2 – the HART marine built boat that was somewhat ‘broken’ in separate incidents at and on the way back from Hamilton Island in 2008, along with Tony’s professional interest in hearts. Rebuilt and rebranded as Shamrock, then Mornington-owned until early last year. The boat competed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2010, but pulled out due to rudder problems. Tony and Al decided it’s time for the boat to again have a new identity with a suitable nod to it’s past. As Shamrock, she won line honours, IRC and PHS in the 2008 Eastcoast Melbourne to Hobart Race. She has enjoyed many successes competing in the Dockland Invitational, Audi Geelong Race Week, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart finished 30th over the line. HELSAL 3 SAIL NO: 262 LOA: 20m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Joe Adams / Fred Barrett (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1984 TYPE: Adams 20 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 12 OWNER: Rob Fisher and Paul Mara CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, TAS CREW: R Fisher – Skipper, J Davis – P Jackson (3), P Hernon-Taylor, C Oliver, C Dollisson (1), K George (1), K Johnson, (1), P Walker (2), R Fisher (1), S Zuehlke (1), Z Leffler (1), J Carver, N Flook, C Rogers, D Park, J Davis Helsal 3 is back again with a mixed Australian and international crew, competing in the Sydney to Hobart for the 13th time. Fresh from PHS Division 1 honours in the Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race, Helsal 3 proves it still has what it takes to be competitive. In the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart she finished sixth in PHS Division 1 with his multi- national crew. The previous year, Rob Fisher sailed her to 31st on line and PHS ninth overall. One of two Tasmanian yachts in this race, Helsal 3 was the fourth boat to finish the Bruny Island race in February. Originally Arthur Bloore’s The Office, Dr Tony Fisher (Rob’s dad) and his family raced her with success in the late 1980s and early 1990s out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia when they lived in Sydney. A heavy 30-year old, Helsal 3 is at her best in heavy conditions. ICHI BAN SAIL NO: AUS01 LOA: 18.3m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Carkeek Design Partners (RSA) YEAR BUILT: 2013 TYPE: Carkeek 60 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Matt Allen CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Allen (24) – Skipper, A Cahalan (21), A Merrington (7), C Garnett (12), D Conigrave (4), G Maguire (15), J Dann (3), J Rae (20), J Drummond, S Nolan (13), T Ryan (7), T Sellars (7), W Sykes (2), S Wells (2) Yachting Australia President and past CYCA Commodore Matt Allen launched his latest Ichi Ban – a Carkeek 60 – just one month prior to last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. Built in Dubai at Premier Composites and arriving in Australia in November 2013, Allen had limited time to fully test the boat, but she still impressed finishing eighth overall and third in division in the blue water classic. Allen has since campaigned Ichi Ban in many regattas and offshore races and has achieved some notable results this year, including taking line honours and winning overall at the CYCA’s Sydney Newcastle Race in February. He also finished third in division at the Sydney Harbour Regatta and at the Festival of Sails, and fourth in the Australian IRC Championship. In July, Ichi Ban finished fourth on line and fourth overall in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and finished second in IRC racing division of Airlie Beach Race Week in August. IMAGINATION SAIL NO: 35 LOA: 14.5m CLASS: IRC/PHS DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2002 TYPE: Beneteau First 47.7 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Robin/Annette Hawthorn CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: R Hawthorn (1) – Skipper, F Walker (6) – Navigator, C Hawthorn (1), G Holder (2), H Hawthorn (1), H DeTorres, M Henderson (5), M Cross (1), R Firth (1), S Box, P Anderson, W Hicks (1) Imagination’s last Rolex Sydney was in 2009 where she placed ninth on IRC overall and fifth in IRC Division 3. She has competed in CYCA Short Ocean Pointscore series for many years currently placing sixth overall IRC in series after race two. Imagination had a very successful 2013-2014 season with first places IRC in Combined Short Ocean Pointscore and Short Ocean Pointscore Series and second place PHS in the Spring Pointscore and third place IRC in the Autumn Pointscore. She is skippered by Robin Hawthorn with his wife and three of his sons in the crew. INDIAN SAIL NO: AUS47 LOA: 14.3m CLASS: IRC/ORCi DESIGNER: Shaun Carkeek SOUTH AFRICA YEAR BUILT: 2014 TYPE: Carkeek 47 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Craig Carter CLUB: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA CREW: C Carter (1) – Skipper, P Eldrid (3) – S Disley (1) – Navigator, S Locke (0), S Hughes (0), D Ward (14), T Lynch (0), J Suriano (0), R Howell (1), T Barton, K Searle (4) Indian, a Carkeek 47 launched in January 2014 is Craig Carter’s new ocean racing yacht. This pre-preg nomex construction yacht was built by Premier Composites in Dubai than leased to the Platoon TP52 team for the ORC Worlds in Kiel Germany. Delivered to the Woolwich dock from Hamburg in late October where it was optimised for offshore racing and had the electronics package upgraded for the demands of this Cat 1 race. This is her first Bluewater event and will provide an indication of how this latest generation HPR can perform offshore. Indian replaces Carter’s Archambault 40 in which he secured his current title, WA Bluewater Siska Champion. With five entries from WA, this team is well-organised and will represent one of WA’s best prepared teams for many years aboard a current generation powerful grand prix yacht.
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