Offshore Yachting : December January 2009
THE FLEET SHOGUN SAIL NO: R50 LOA: 15.24m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Cookson 50 NO. OF HOBARTS: 3 OWNER: Rob Hanna CLUBS: Royal Geelong Yacht Club/Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Vic CREW: R Hanna (3), T Bull (6), B De Coster (3), J Bennett (4), R Hick (6), B O’Brien (4) Geelong yachtsman Rob Hanna bought this conventional keel Cookson 50, the former Living Doll, from Michael Hiatt following this year’s Meridien Airlie Beach Race Week and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. She finished equal first with the canting keel Cookson 50 Quantum Racing at Airlie Beach, losing on a countback, and third in the IRC Grand Prix division at Hamilton Island to Cougar II and Quest. She also took line honours in the Melbourne to Stanley race in November. SKANDIA SAIL NO: M10 LOA: 30m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Don Jones (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: 30m Maxi NO. OF HOBARTS: 5 OWNER: Grant Wharington CLUB: Mornington Yacht Club, Vic; Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: G Wharington (20), G Taylor (11), I Johnston (11), J Rae (15), P Cosman (10), G Healy (6), M Pearce (12), N Stahmer (2), C Smith (8), B Coventry (8) Skandia won line honours in the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart but the following year, leading the fleet to Hobart she lost her canting keel, capsized and the crew abandoned ship. Skandia was rebuilt and went on to take line honours in the Sydney Gold Coast, Sydney Mooloolaba and Sydney Mackay races in 2006. 2008 has been a quiet one for Skandia with Grant Wharington and his crew using the time off the water to prepare the boat for its sixth consecutive attempt at the ocean classic. SOMOYA SAIL NO: G5905 LOA: 14.0m CLASS: Cruising DESIGNER: Hank Kauffman (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1999 TYPE: Northshore 46 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Garry Rose CLUB: Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Vic CREW: G Rose, L Henderson, R O’Keefe, R Williams, A Wiliams, M Davies, Dickson This boat has had three previous names and a limited history of long ocean racing. In fact, most of the racing by Garry Rose has been around Geelong’s Corio Bay but he has cruised extensively, including circumnavigating Tasmania. Other members of the crew have had extensive racing and cruising experience. 84 | offshore SPIRIT OF LEXUS SAIL NO: YC4200 LOA: 12.75m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Farr 42 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Michael Keough CLUBS: Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, SA CREW: R Hanna (3), T Bull (6) J Bennett (4), R Hick (6), B O’Brien (4) Spirit of Lexus is just one of four South Australian entries for this race. She is a new boat for owner Michael Keough and was new to this year’s Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Category 2 racing. Her recent successes include 1st the 2008 Lincoln Week regatta and 2nd IRC Premier Passage Division. IRC in at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in the ST JUDE SAIL NO: 6686 LOA: 14.2m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: Sydney 47 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER:Noel Cornish CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: N Cornish (1) D Sheppard (1), M Sheppard (1), T Robertson (1), J Halloran St Jude was the sixth Sydney 47 out of the mould at Azzura Yachts. She sailed her first offshore race in the 2008 Australia Day Ocean Pointscore Race to Botany Bay, and won on IRC. A group of friends who, in various combinations, have crewed together for many years have teamed up for the yacht’s first race to Hobart. Cornish’s personal record includes winning the 1999 Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race overall in his Beneteau Subjude. STREWTH SAIL NO: 6188 LOA: 14.95m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: David Lyons (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2002 TYPE: MKL 49 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Geoff Hill CLUB: Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW CREW: G Hill (8), B Gould (38), R Carlier (28), B Collis (5), S Wall (6), E Adriannse (19), R Grimes (22), N Craddock (1), G Belcher (2), J O’Loughlin, D Leonard, S Price (4), G Bauchop (12) After racing this comfortable cruiser/racer in a couple of Rolex Sydney Hobarts, Geoff Hill took the boat to England to contest the 2005 Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race. Returning via Hong Kong, he sailed Strewth to victory in the Premier Cruising division of the King’s Cup at Phuket. He has a crew full of experience including Bruce Gould who is coming up for his 39th Rolex Sydney Hobart, while Ralph Carlier has been south 28 times and Richard Grimes 22 times.
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