Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 70 | offshore GOLDFINGER SAIL NO: 8880 LOA: 15.79m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2002 TYPE: Farr 52 NO. OF HOBARTS: 4 OWNER: Peter Blake & Kate Mitchell CLUB: Sandringham Yacht Club, VIC CREW: P Blake (5), K Mitchell (4), N Jones (7), C McKenzie (7), C Smethurst (4), D Sturge (2), S Escler (3), S Dryden (1) Peter Blake and Kate Mitchell bought the well-performed, former Ichi Ban just before the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and over the past two years they and their crew have got to know this powerful yacht. In early November of last year, they took line honours and placed 2nd overall on IRC handicap in the Melbourne to Stanley Race across Bass Strait, a qualifier for the Rolex Sydney Hobart. HUGO BOSS II SAIL NO: GRB3055 LOA: 19.5m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2001 TYPE: Volvo 60 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Alex Thomson Racing CLUB: Royal Ocean Racing Club, UK CREW: R Daniel (1) A Tourell, C Tibbs, J Tucker, L Cole, W Palmer Formerly Assa Abloy II, this Volvo 60 finished second in the 2002/3 Volvo Ocean Race and 5th in this year's Transpac Race. Skipper Ross Daniel will lead the charge south for this UK entry, one of six this year, and they can expect plenty of competition from the local VO60s DHL -- The Daily Telegraph and George Gregan Foundation. HELSAL IV SAIL NO: 262 LOA: 18.65m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Philippe Briand (FRA) YEAR BUILT: 1986 TYPE: Dynamique 62 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Dr Tony Fisher CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, TAS CREW: T Fisher (8), R Fisher (14), J Bourke (13), G Poper (8), J Dwyer (1), J Davis (1), G Skennar (1), D Browning, D Johnson, K Lewis (1), G Canny, I Campbell (8) Dr Tony Fisher, one of Australia's most successful yacht owners of the 1970s and 1980s, made his ocean racing comeback last year with his latest French designed yacht. The crew includes his son Rob, who will skipper the boat back to Hobart, where it is based. Tony's original Helsal, a ferro-cement boat that was dubbed the 'Flying Footpath', took line honours and set a race record in the 1973 Sydney Hobart. IATAIA SAIL NO: Mex 407 LOA: 12.17m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: Beneteau 40.7 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Marcos Rodriguez CLUB: Acapulco Yacht Club, Mexico CREW: M Rodriguez, M Rosenfeld, A Rodrigues, D Ambrosi, A Rodriguez, F Ambrosi Iataia (pronounced ya-tie-ya) is the first Mexican entry to contest Australia's premier ocean race. The crew left Acapulco in April for a six month cruise to Sydney for the Rolex Sydney Hobart start which, "if you are a sailor, is something you have do to once in your lifetime," says skipper Marc Rosenfeld. The Beneteau 40.7 finished 1st over the line in the San Diego -- Puerto Vallarta race and contested the 2005 Transpac Race. HUCKLEBERRY SAIL NO: RF116 LOA: 10.1m CLASS: DESIGNER: Sparkman & Stephens (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1982 TYPE: S&S34 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Steve Humphries CLUB: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, WA CREW: S Humphries (2), J Marriot (2), C Taylor, J McPherson, W Fowler, F Humphries Huckleberry is a well known S&S 34 in Western Australia where the boat has been raced extensively, and with a great deal of success, for 25 years including winning the Siska Trophy Series three times on IRC handicap and the Geraldton Ocean Classic twice. One of four West Australian entries entered this year, a high number for that state. ICAP LEOPARD SAIL NO: GBR1R LOA: 29.9m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: 30m maxi NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Mike Slade CLUB: Royal Thames Yacht Club, UK CREW: M Slade (2), K George (1), R Heron, C Sherlock (2), H Slade (1), R Davies (6), B Henshaw Dep, N Drennan (22), M Slade (2), A Hawkins (6), D Rolfe (10), M Thomas (3), Z Gills (2), P Standbridge (6), J Clark, R Monson, G Salter (2), T Sellars (2), G Maguire (10), D Senogles (18), J Carring (4) ICAP Leopard is the third yacht Mike Slade has brought 'down under' to try and take line honours. Fresh from smashing the previous Rolex Fastnet Race record, Slade and his international crew, including several Australians, are quietly confident they can come between Wild Oats XI and an historic third line honours win. Weighing 10 tonnes more than the lighter weight 30m maxis, Slade is hoping for a hard running and reaching race.
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