Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 74 | offshore MAXIMUS SAIL NO: NZL99999 LOA: 30m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Greg Elliott (NZL) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: 30m maxi NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Bill Buckley CLUB: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL CREW: B Buckley (1), R Field (5), N White, R Bouzaid, T Jones, C Marshall, S Molloy, P Airey (1), A Minoprio, M White (3), G Cooke (2), M Brown (1) One of four 30 metre maxis in this year's race, Maximus has unfinished business after she lost her radical rig on the first morning at sea in her maiden attempt last year. Now sailing with a fixed mast, Buckley believes Maximus will be hot on the stern of Wild Oats XI and possibly ahead if the sea state deteriorates. Best results include 1st on corrected time in the 2005 Transatlantic and line honours in the 2005 Rolex Fastnet. MR KITE SAIL NO: 6522 LOA: 12.19m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Andrew Cape (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Mr Kite 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Andrew Buckland & Andrew Hunn CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW/Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, TAS CREW: A Buckland, L Abbott, P Bremner & others Mr Kite, the smallest boat with a canting keel, was launched at Hamilton Island Race Week two years ago. Andrew Buckland, a highly experienced ocean racer and 18 foot skiff sailor, and Andrew Hunn, a former leading Olympic class and Etchells sailor, are preparing this radical carbon fibre 'mini Volvo 70', for another attempt at a Bass Strait crossing, having retired from last year's race. MORNA SAIL NO: 2090 LOA: 10.55m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Laurie Davidson (NZL) YEAR BUILT: 1995 TYPE: Cavalier 35 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Greg Zyner CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia & Middle Harbour Yacht Club, NSW CREW: G Zyner, J Nixon (13), A Seja (1), V Silk (1) First Rolex Sydney Hobart for the 1995-built Cavalier that has been cutting its teeth in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour and Gosford -- Lord Howe Island races. Best results in these events include 1st overall on PHS in the 2006 Pittwater to Coffs and 1st in division this year. A famous cutter called Morna was the last boat to achieve a hat-trick of line honours wins in the 1946-48 Sydney Hobart races. NAMADGI SAIL NO: 6388 LOA: 13.95m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: J & J Yacht Design (GER) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: Bavaria 44 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Rick Scott- Murphy CLUB: Canberra Ocean Racing Club, ACT CREW: R Scott-Murphy (1), G Brice (4), P Jones (6), P Kavanagh (1), B Horwood (1) Owned by a syndicate of 26 owners who make up the Canberra Ocean Racing Club, the Bavaria 44 Namadgi is the club's seventh yacht. Namadgi competes offshore every second year and cruises the alternate years. This year, the boat was declared the PHS overall winner of the July Audi Sydney Gold Coast. The crew has to travel from Canberra to Pittwater to prepare the boat for these major ocean races. MR BEAK'S RIBS SAIL NO: 8447 LOA: 13.35m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: Beneteau First 44.7 NO. OF HOBARTS: 3 OWNER: David Beak CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: D Beak (4), C Wheeler (2), G Cooper, I Short (5), K Downing, A Guy (5), D Anderson (5), F Craddock, J Penney, D McKay (4), S Wood This Beneteau 44.7 has scored some impressive results recently including a 1st on IRC overall in the Bird Island Race and winning the Gascoigne Cup. After the 4th race of the Blue Water Pointscore Series, the Cabbage Tree Island Race, Mr Beak's Ribs is third on the pointscore behind Wot Yot and Ragamuffin. Good results have also been achieved at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta and Hamilton Island and Skandia Geelong weeks. NEXT SAIL NO: 6081 LOA: 11.78m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: Sydney 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 5 OWNER: Getaway Sailing CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: P Buckley & others Launched in 2000, Next placed well in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race that year and enjoyed a good result in the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart, finishing 2nd in the Sydney 38 division. Among 11 Sydney 38s in the fleet this year.
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