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ROLEXSYDNEYHOBARTYACHTRACE2015ROLEXSYDNEYHOBARTYACHTRACE2015 BOAT NOTES 105 GYR WOT EVA SAIL NO: 6953 LOA: 15.9m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Nelson Marek (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2001 TYPE: TP52 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 6 CHARTERER: Global Yacht Racing SKIPPER: Andy Middleton CLUB: Royal Ocean Racing Club, UK CREW: A Middleton – Skipper, J Gair, R Arnold, K Twibble, D Buckingham, N Joyce, M O’Garey, R Hoyt, G Johnstone, A James, T Kase, A Foulds Since 2010, the Sailors With Disabilities team has been racing and training on the TP52, Wot Eva (the former Yassou, Glory and Wot Yot), which was generously donated to SWD by wotif.com co-founder Graeme Wood after he contested three Hobarts with it. Last year, SWD, led by David Pescud, finished the Rolex Sydney Hobart 47th overall in IRC and eighth in Division 1. This year, SWD has chartered the yacht to Global Yacht Racing, which last entered the race under charter with Kioni in 2008 and finished 59th overall. GYR also chartered Kioni in 2007, next in 2006 and Eureka II in 2004. For the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart, the yacht will be crewed by some experienced yachties and paying crew members. HARTBREAKER SAIL NO: B330 LOA: 14.2m CLASS: IRC/ORCi DESIGNER: Reichel/Pugh (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: Reichel Pugh 46 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 6 OWNER: Antony Walton and Alan Breidahl CLUB: Royal Brighton Yacht Club, VIC CREW: A Walton (2) – Skipper, A Delahunt (1), C Stott (1), G Carr (3), J Whiteside (5), J Rankin, L Irving (1), P Stewart (8), G Buchan In March 2013, Tony Walton and Alan Breidahl purchased the boat known in the past as Hardys Secret Mens Business 2 and Shamrock. Coinciding with its re-launch anniversary, they retitled it Hartbreaker, in a nod to the boat’s builder, Hart Marine, and because it was severely damaged in the pre-start of Race 1 at Hamilton Island in 2007, and then fell off the truck on the way to the repairers. The name also denotes Walton’s career as a cardiologist. As Shamrock, it won the triple of line honours, IRC and PHS in the 2008 Melbourne Hobart race, but retired from the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart with rudder damage. Walton and Breidahl appear to have changed the boat’s fortunes, finishing every race and regatta they have started – and in one piece. They were 66th overall and 12th in Division 1 in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, ninth overall at the Festival of Sails, 49th overall and 10th in Division 1 in the Sydney Gold Coaster and were sixth in Division 1 at Airlie Beach Race Week against tough competition, such as Ichi Ban (the TP52) and OneSails Racing. Hartbreaker went on to place sixth overall in the Brisbane to Keppel race in August. HASPA HAMBURG SAIL NO: GER6300 LOA: 15.9m CLASS: IRC/ORCi DESIGNER: Judel/Vrolijk (GER) YEAR BUILT: 2009 TYPE: JV52 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt SKIPPER: Johan Schultz CLUB: Hamburg Sailing Club, GER CREW: Johan Schultz – Skipper, Gregor Franke – Navigator, D Rueter, H L Werneyer, F Mueller, J Schmeichel, J Fackler, L Szczepaniak, M Hemep, P Broedermann, R Vohwinkel, P Koller Built by Hakes Marine in New Zealand, this JV52 will be skippered by Johan Schultz, a sailor in his mid-twenties. It fits the brief of the boat’s owner, Hamburg Verein Seafaring, whose focus is to give young sailors an opportunity to sail and race offshore. To prepare, the crew recently contested the Round Bornholm Race in the Baltic Sea. Haspa Hamburg is supported by Hamburg’s Haspa Bank in Germany and her crew are looking forward to the competition the Sydney Hobart will provide them. HELSAL 3 SAIL NO: 262 LOA: 20.0m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Joe Adams/Fred Barrett (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1984 TYPE: Adams 20 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 11 OWNER: Rob Fisher and Paul Mara CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, TAS CREW: R Fisher (19) – Skipper, P Mara (2), C Oliver, D Stephenson (1), J Thompson, J Davis (5), J Wood (3), M Hickman (1), M Flynn, O Overstall, P Jackson (4), S Collins Rob Fisher is back to skipper Helsal III after leaving the boat in the hands of others for the past two Hobarts. Last year she finished 15th overall in PHS and second last in Division 1. Fisher is hoping to whip her back into shape for a better result and contested the Gold Coast race in July to limber up and finished seventh overall in PHS (after winning PHS the previous year). In August, she placed sixth overall in Cruising Division 1 at Airlie Beach Race Week in a fleet of 17 and was 10th from 26 at Hamilton Island. Helsal III was originally Arthur Bloore’s The Office. She retired from the 1984 Hobart and was dismasted heading to the start area the next year. The yacht was badly fire damaged in 1986 when the Fisher family purchased and restored her to place eighth on line in the ’87 and fifth in the ’88 race. They also broke the boat’s own record for the Gosford to Lord Howe Island race, – and scored Sydney Mooloolaba line and handicap wins along the way. It was sold to John Wertheimer and finished seventh on line in the 1990 Hobart. Chartered in ’91, she was seventh on line. Rob Fisher repurchased her in 2007 after finding her in an unkempt condition and has since raced the yacht in the ’08, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’13 and ’14 Hobarts. HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD SAIL NO: AUS8899 LOA: 16.8m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Farr Yacht Design (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2008 TYPE: Farr 55 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 5 OWNER: Ray Roberts CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: R Roberts (20) – Skipper, S McConaghy, rest TBA Racing under the name OneSails Racing, Ray Roberts was not impressed with their 49th overall and 10th in Division 1 in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, but breakage played its part when a collision with a sunfish sheered away half of the port rudder on the Tasmanian Coast. Like many others, she also suffered sail damage, but at least her sailmaker, Bruce Anson, was aboard. In January, she finished third in Division 1 at the Festival of Sails. In July, finished ninth overall and third in Division O in the Sydney Gold Coast, then placed second overall to the TP52 Ichi Ban (former Shogun V) at Airlie Beach Race Week, and fourth in the Australian IRC Championship. The rebadged Hollywood Boulevard will rate amongst the favourites to win the Tattersall’s Cup. Named 2006 Ocean Racer of the Year, Roberts scored some good results through the years, including taking what is now Victoire, to line and overall honours in the 2008 Sydney Gold Coast race as Quantum Racing. Under the name Evolution Racing, also finished second in Division 0 of the 2009 Hobart, the same year he won Brisbane Gladstone line honours for the second year in succession. ‘Hollywood’ left Australian then, taking the Asian racing scene by storm with various yachts, winning every regatta on the circuit. He returned home last year, purchased the Farr 55, Living Doll and optimised it. Under that name, and owned by Michael Hiatt of the ‘Living Doll’ label, it was second overall in the 2011 Hobart. ICHI BAN SAIL NO: AUS01 LOA: 18.3m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Carkeek Design Partners (RSA) YEAR BUILT: 2013 TYPE: Carkeek 60 NUMBER OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Matt Allen CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Allen (25) – Skipper, W Oxley (14) – Navigator, G Maguire (15), J Drummond (1), A Merrington (8), T Sellars (9), J Rae (22), D Conigrave (5), J Dann (5), C Garnett (13), W Sykes Jnr (3) Ichi Ban placed fourth on line and fourth overall and third in Division in the 2014 Sydney Gold Coast race. It underwent modifications ahead of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, improving the yacht’s overall performance. She finished eighth on line in a hot fleet, but 63rd overall and fourth in Division O, when conditions helped the smaller yachts. Earlier in December, she finished third overall in the CYCA Trophy Series. Yachting Australia President and past CYCA commodore, Matt Allen, launched this Ichi Ban a month before the 2013 Sydney Hobart and sailed it to eighth online and eighth overall. It took line and overall honours in the 2014 Sydney Newcastle Race, a new rudder making all the difference. Finished second on line in the 2015 Newcastle Bass Island Race after taking line honours in the inaugural race last October to create the race record.
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