Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 66 | offshore CHUTZPAH SAIL NO: R33 LOA: 12.35m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Reichel Pugh (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: IRC40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Bruce Taylor CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, VIC CREW: B Taylor (26), K Piesse (24), A Taylor (10), G Courley, J Bradbury (8), J Permezel (16), P Sandles (4), D Rushbrook (1), I Walker (20), S Haines (5) This is Bruce Taylor's sixth Chutzpah, a Reichel Pugh designed ILC40 built by Mal Hart. With over 22 years of competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Bruce has notched up an amazing seven divisional wins as well as one 2nd and one 3rd overall. Taylor's crew includes Kingsley Piesse, who is lining up for his 25th race south. Chutzpah is one of a strong fleet of Victorian entries. DHL -- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH SAIL NO: GER4014 LOA: 19.44m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1997 TYPE: Volvo 60 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Kookaburra Challenge P/L CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Booth (1), J Hodder (9) M Pearce (10), B DeCoster (4), C Utley (1), J McGory, M O'Malley (1), K Mouldey (1), B Starr (1), N Race (1) Built in 1997 for the Swedish 'EF' syndicate and campaigned by Paul Cayard to victory in the 1998 Whitbread round the world yacht race, this Volvo 60 is now owned by Kookaburra Challenge. Skipper will be Mitch Booth, a silver and bronze Olympic medallist, 12-time world catamaran champion and Australian Yachtsman of the Year. Navigator Julie Hodder is approaching the milestone of 10 races for women. COUGAR II SAIL NO: Sm5200 LOA: 15.85m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: TP52 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Alan Whiteley CLUB: Sandringham Yacht Club, VIC CREW: A Whiteley, P Williams (10), D Heller, A Thompson (5), M Wilson (1), A Hogan (1), C Carroll (7), P Milne (6), R Leaper (6), J Marshall, J Mackay, A Wilson, B Jones (5), A Cole (5) Melbourne yachtsman Alan Whiteley purchased the TP52 Cougar II just four months ago from Rhode Islander Tom Stark, who had it built for the very competitive Trans Pacific box rule series sailed in the USA and the Mediterranean. Less than two years old, Cougar II is a third generation TP designed by Farr and built by Cookson in NZ. Cougar II is having several minor modifications done to suit the Australian conditions while being optimised more towards IRC racing. ELENI SAIL NO: MH60 LOA: 11.79m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: Sydney 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 3 OWNER: Tony Levett CLUB: Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW CREW: T Levett (4), D Swales (5), B Smart (3), L Osse (1), M Jan Ringers (1) Eleni has an excellent offshore record, being the best placed Sydney 38 in the Sydney Mooloolaba Race in 2005 and finishing 3rd in division last year. Sailing as Horwath BRI, this Sydney 38 placed fourth in last season's Blue Water Pointscore and third in the Tasman Series Pointscore. One of 11 Sydney 38s racing south, underlining the popularity of this one-design class. DEHLER MAGIC SAIL NO: 633 LOA: 11.794m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Judel/Vrolijk & Co. (GER) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: Dehler 39 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Greg Tobin, Charlie Preen CLUB: Whitsunday Sailing Club, QLD CREW: G Tobin, C Preen, T Stevens (1), S Robertson, M Tobin, S Watson, T Watson, A Ravell Dehler Magic has been based in the Whitsundays since late 2000 and has competed in eight Airlie Beach (best result 1st in PHS this year) and five Hamilton Island race weeks in various divisions. She also competed in local races between Mackay and as far north as Dunk Island, including the Dent to Dunk race. An all- Queensland crew will campaign the boat for its debut Hobart. ENDORFIN SAIL NO: 7555 LOA: 14.27m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2006 TYPE: Sydney 47CR NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Peter Mooney CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: P Mooney (6), H Paterson (9), A Mathers (3), A Campbell (3), R Kirkby (14), E Mooney (3), J Krzyszijnski (1), L Gazzard, B O'Mahony (2), L Stewart Baker (1), M Doonan Launched in June last year, this Sydney 47 cruiser/racer scored some early notable results including 4th on IRC in the 2006 Bird Island Race and an IRC 3rd in the 2006 Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race, a category 1 race. Mooney previously raced Big Schott and the Sydney 38 Obsession and he has put together a strong crew headed by international sailor Henry Paterson as navigator and helmsman.
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