Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 72 | offshore ICHI BAN SAIL NO: AUS03 LOA: 21.5m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Don Jones (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Jones 70 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Matt Allen CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Spies (30), C Garnett (6), D McGain (5), M Coxon (20), R Case (22), P Harmer (4), T Braidwood (1), I Walker CYCA Commodore Matt Allen skippered his Jones 70 Ichi Ban, which competed in the 2005-06 VOR, to second place astern of Wild Oats XI in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart. Sailing the boat again is a highly experienced crew, including Michael Coxon, Michael Spies (30 Hobarts) and round the world sailor Tom Braidwood. In the right conditions, this modified Volvo 70 is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30 knots. INFINITY III SAIL NO: 5474 LOA: 19.72m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1989 TYPE: Farr 65 NO. OF HOBARTS: 9 OWNER: Martin James CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: L Goodridge (3), D DeCoster (6), T Molchanoff (1), F Etter (1), I Potter (30), B Smith (15), J Douglas (6), J Owens, R Cooper (11) Martin James' Farr 65, a former IRC handicap winner of the Sydney Gold Coast Race and two-time line honours winner of the Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race, has done plenty of sea miles including nine Rolex Sydney Hobarts. Skipper will be Les Goodridge and navigator Ian 'Bugsy' Potter, a 30-time Rolex Sydney Hobart competitor, for the yacht's 10th voyage south. IMAREX SAIL NO: 6068 LOA: 11.78m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: Sydney 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Marc & Louis Ryckmans CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Ryckmans (3), L Ryckmans (3), O Andersen (3), E Vieytes (3) S Guanaria (3), C Neill (2) This Sydney 38 was the best placed of its class in the 2004 and 2007 Audi Sydney Gold Coast races. Bought by identical twin brothers Louis and Marc Ryckmans and third owner and skipper Ola Anderson in 2005, this will be the syndicate's fourth consecutive Rolex Sydney Hobart. The crew has high hopes of a divisional win. INNER CIRCLE SAIL NO: M762 LOA: 12.24m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1987 TYPE: Farr 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 11 OWNER: Ken Robinson & Darren Cooney CLUB: Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, NSW CREW: K Robinson (2), D Cooney (3), K Saladine (2), J Roberts (2), J Clarke (2) An older Farr 40, Inner Circle has been raced to Hobart many times and has recently completed her 8th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race, finishing 2nd on PHS results. Other good results include 2nd overall on PHS in last year's Sydney Mooloolaba and 1st overall in the Sydney Mackay Yacht Race. This will be the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club owners' third race to Hobart. IMPECCABLE SAIL NO: MH106 LOA: 10.23m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Doug Peterson (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1980 TYPE: Peterson 33 NO. OF HOBARTS: 23 OWNER: John Walker CLUB: Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW CREW: J Walker (23), R Moore (16), F Nelson (12), M Scott (10), D McRae (9), M Doherty (9). The CYCA's three-time Ocean Racing Veteran of the Year, John Walker, will this year line up for his 24th Rolex Sydney Hobart and in doing so will be written into the history books as the oldest skipper ever to sail to Hobart -- at the age of 85. John has completed all 23 Hobarts, and recorded a 2nd and 3rd overall in the bluewater classic, on board this yacht. INTEGRITY SAIL NO: TBA LOA: 14.02m CLASS: TBA DESIGNER: Peter Kuller (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1983 TYPE: Culler 46 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Peter Gentsis CLUB: Sandringham Yacht Club, NSW CREW: J Martin & others Jesse Martin, the 26 year-old Australian who in 1999 became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop, and unassisted in the 10 metre sloop Lionheart-Mistral, is set to skipper the 46-foot wooden ketch Integrity south for his and the boat's first Rolex Sydney Hobart. Previously called Kijana and owned by Martin, the boat will sail for Sandringham Yacht Club in Victoria.
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