Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
offshore | 65 AURORA SAIL NO: 4057 LOA: 12.2m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1983 TYPE: Farr 40 one off NO. OF HOBARTS: 9 OWNER: Jim & Mary Holley CLUB: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, NSW CREW: J Holley (19), M Holley (10), M Skelton (2), S Phelps (4), J Woodward (3), G Cutts This Lake Macquarie yacht achieved her best results in the two heavy weather Hobarts of 1998 and 1999, where she finished 2nd and 3rd in division respectively. The experienced crew is headed by husband and wife owners Jim and Mary Holley. Mary is lining up for her 11th race south, Jim for his 20th. Aurora placed 3rd overall in the 2007 Gosford to Lord Howe Race. BERRIMILLA SAIL NO: 371 LOA: 10.1m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Peter Joubert (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1977 TYPE: Brolga 33 NO. OF HOBARTS: 17 OWNER: Alex Whitworth CLUB: Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association, NSW CREW: A Whitworth (15), P Crozier (12), A Fenwick (7) & others Following the 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Alex and crewman Peter Crozier sailed from Hobart for the UK, via the Falkland Islands, to contest the Rolex Fastnet Race before setting sail back to Australia, arriving just days out from the start of the 2005 Boxing Day bluewater classic. In the gruelling 1998 Sydney Hobart, Berrimilla placed 1st in PHS Division and in 2002, finished 3rd overall on PHS. BALANCE SAIL NO: 7771 LOA: 14.27m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2006 TYPE: Sydney 47 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Paul Clitheroe CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: P Clitheroe (1), G Boxall (6), R Johnston (7), J Neuhaus (2), B Hollis, B McCray, P Telford, R Dexter, P Westerlund, A Cribb, N Scott-Perry, D Keddie, B Campbell Balance is the third boat of that name owned by media money commentator Paul Clitheroe. He skippered his previous Balance, a Beneteau 40.7, to an overall IRC win in the 2006 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race. His new Balance had a good first regatta, placing 2nd overall in the IRC Cruising division at the 2006 Hamilton Island Race Week. This year the boat finished 3rd in division A of the Pittwater Coffs series. CAPRICCIO OF RHU SAIL NO: GBR 24 R LOA: 16.76m CLASS: Cruising DESIGNER: Holman & Pye (UK) YEAR BUILT: 1987 TYPE: Oyster 55 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Michele Colenso (GBR) CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Colenso (1), A Poole (1) Capriccio of Rhu was on a world circumnavigation with her British owner Michele Colenso when she arrived in Sydney to contest last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart. Following her arrival, Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer and she went on to use her participation in last year's race to promote and raise money for breast cancer research, and managed to pick up a win in the cruising division. BEAR NECESSITY SAIL NO: MH115 LOA: 11.5m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Tim Jackett (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: C&C 115 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Andrew & Pauline Dally CLUB: Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW CREW: A Dally (3), P Taylor (7), S White (2), D Whitfield (3), D Bridges, P Dally, P Genter Bear Necessity is a brand new C&C 115 built for Andrew and Pauline Dally and one of only five in Australia. The new boat will arrive from Baltimore in late November, which means Dally and his crew will be under the pumps to have the boat fitted and modified in time for the Boxing Day start. However, Dally is confident the changeover will be smooth given they are upgrading from an identical boat. CHALLENGE SAIL NO: SM2 LOA: 11.78m CLASS: IRC/OD DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: Sydney 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 SKIPPER: Lou Abrahams CLUB: Sandringham Yacht Club, VIC CREW: L Abrahams (43), C Schmidt (16), I Taylor (9), R Richardson (9), R Bath (15), R Grimes (18), A Telford (11) At 80, veteran Victorian yachtsman Lou Abrahams has lost neither his passion for sailing nor his enthusiasm for this race. This year he plans to equal the late John Bennetto's record of 44 Rolex Sydney Hobats. Lou has won the race overall twice, in 1983 and 1989 (with previous yachts), and last year finished 3rd overall as well as again winning the Sydney 38 class.
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