Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 76 | offshore PALANDRI WINES MINDS EYE SAIL NO: GB347 LOA: 9.99m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2006 TYPE: Beneteau 34.7 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Brad Skeggs CLUB: Geographe Bay Yacht Club, WA CREW: B Skeggs, G Bishop (6), M Balinski (7), S Skeggs (1), C Keane, B Roodhouse Palandri Wines Minds Eye was launched in Fremantle last year and since then the boat has raced in most events on the West Australian calendar including Geographe Bay Race Week (best result 2nd on IRC this year). This Beneteau 34.7 will be the first in the race's 63 year history to represent Geography Bay Yacht Club in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. PISCES SAIL NO: 6197 LOA: 10.97m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1998 TYPE: Sydney 36 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: David Taylor CLUB: Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, TAS CREW: D Taylor (10), D Cunningham (5), G McKibben (2), A Greene (1), S Geeves (2) With her new owner, David Taylor, Pisces won the fully crewed division of the 2007 Three Peaks Race in Tasmania As Amante, the boat contested several Sydney Gold Coast and Sydney Mooloolaba races but this is her first Rolex Sydney Hobart. The crew will be entirely Tasmanian, with the exception of David Cunningham. The boat has just been re-rigged to improve her IRC rating. PAPILLON SAIL NO: N40 LOA: 11.99m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Joubert/Nivelt (MALTA) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Archambault 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Phil Molony CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: P Molony (18), P Kline (16), K Jaggar (28), E Zey (2), F Gordon (2), L Molony, J Havel, J McIntyre Papillon, an Archambault 40, was originally based in Newcastle where it enjoyed considerable racing success. It is now a CYCA-registered boat and has been re-rigged and fitted with new sails. This will be Phil Molony's first trip south as an owner and he has recruited two experienced campaigners, Patrick Kline and Kim Jaggar, both of whom have sailed many sea miles. The balance of the crew has both inshore and offshore experience. POLARIS OF BELMONT SAIL NO: 5527 LOA: 13.2m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Peter Cole (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1970 TYPE: Cole 43 NO. OF HOBARTS: 22 OWNER: Chris Dawe CLUB: Gosford Sailing Club, NSW CREW: C Dawe (4), C Sternberg (2), G Nosworthy (2), C Dudfield, G Ingle, S Ambridge, R Weston One of the veterans of this race, Polaris of Belmont has competed in 22 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, placing 2nd in the IRC division in 2001. This will be the third race south for the boat under the ownership of Chris Dawe, a member of Gosford Sailing Club, and the boat and crew are looking to live up to the previous fine performances of this classic vessel. PHILLIP'S FOOTE WITCHDOCTOR SAIL NO: 2557 LOA: 12m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Laurie Davidson (NZ) YEAR BUILT: 1979 TYPE: Ex IOR Two Tonner NO. OF HOBARTS: 26 OWNER: The Rum Consortium CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: M Cameron (33), G Barter (32), C Troup (20), M Milroy (7), T Cable (43), R Williams (2), S March (4), R Cable, G Schwass (9), J Pais Last year this famous old campaigner set a record for the most Hobart races by any yacht - 26. Between them the crew has amassed an incredible 150 Rolex Sydney Hobarts - Maurie Cameron sailing his 33rd, Geoff Barter his 32nd and Tony Cable his 44th, which will equal the record. Phillip's Foote Witchdoctor won the 2005 Sydney Mooloolaba on PHS handicap and placed 3rd last year, showing there's still plenty of life in this 28 year-old boat. PRETTY FLY II SAIL NO: 8924 LOA: 14.5m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: Beneteau 47.7 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER/SKIPPER: Colin Woods CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: C Woods (2), N Holder (8), S Grellis (17), G Marshall (3), D Brown (3), G Clare (3), S Merralc (2), D Eagle (3) This heavily campaigned Beneteau 47.7 has retired from one Rolex Sydney Hobart and finished mid-fleet in the other, back in 2005. Colin and Gladys Woods' Pretty Fly II has an impressive scorecard including 1st in the Tasman Performance Series in 2005/6 and 2nd in the Blue Water Pointscore that year as well as two top PHS overall wins in the Sydney Newcastle Race.
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