Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 78 | offshore PRETTY WOMAN SAIL NO: S45 LOA: 13.8m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1996 TYPE: IC45 mod NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Richard Hudson/M Lockley/R Murphy CLUB: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, NSW CREW: R Hudson (4), M Lockley, R Murphy, R Hasler (13), M Queitzsh, I McKillop, J Catts, M Ramaley, T Spithill, A Hudson, P McCracken, C Duchesne RPAYC members Richard Hudson, Michael Lockley and Russell Murphy own Pretty Woman, an IC40 designed by Bruce Farr that races regularly on Pittwater, also contesting Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and the Audi Sydney Gold Coast. Hudson has contested many cat 2 races and notched up numerous wins overall and this will be his fifth Rolex Sydney Hobart. Also in the crew is Ray Hasler, a former NZ Yachtsman of the Year who has done 13 Hobarts. RAGAMUFFIN SAIL NO: AUS70 LOA: 15.85m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2004 TYPE: TP52 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Syd Fischer CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia/Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW CREW: S Fischer (39), T Ellis (40), J Dock, M Hesse, C Williams, L Jamieson, B Favelle, S Green, T Wulff, P Eadie, C Anderson, R Kirkham Eighty-year-old Syd Fischer, a legend in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race history, is contesting his 45th offshore season and his 39th race south as skipper of his latest Ragamuffin, a TP52 originally from San Diego. Fischer won the Sydney Hobart overall in 1992 and took honours twice with his German Frers designed maxi Ragamuffin, in 1988 and 1990. Longtime crewman Tony Ellis will contest his 41st race this year. Second on IRC in the Cabbage Tree Island Race and 2nd in the Blue Water Pointscore, which Fischer has won eight times previously, at the time of print. QUANTUM RACING SAIL NO: 8889 LOA: 15.2m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2006 TYPE: Cookson 50 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Ray Roberts CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: R Roberts (16), S McConaghy (6), S Hinton (4), C Crafoord (21), D Buckley, S Lee (3), S Hunt (14), M Gorman (3), A Linton (4), B Ruthenburg (7), M Ashley-Jones, R Ely (4) The CYCA's 2006/7 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year, Ray Roberts, has for the past 12 months been sailing this Cookson 50 with success, including divisional winner of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast. For his 17th Rolex Sydney Hobart, Roberts is hoping for more typical conditions of reaching and running. Roberts has competed on the eastern Australian seaboard and in Asia with phenomenal success but the Tattersall's Cup so far has eluded him. ROSEBUD SAIL NO: US60065 LOA: 20m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: Transpac 65 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Roger Sturgeon CLUB: Lauderdale Yacht Club, USA CREW: R, Sturgeon, J Clougher (8), T Addis (2), M Joubert (2), J Swain, M Park, J Halterman, K Miller With advanced design features, the Transpac 65 Rosebud is at the cutting edge of fixed keel boats and features technology that has added an entirely new dynamic to the sailing world. Rosebud contested the 2007 Transpac Race and finished 3rd in division as well as recording the shortest elapsed time for boats under 73 feet. Well known Australian navigator Tom Addis will join the international crew sailing for Lauderdale Yacht Club. QUETZALCOATL SAIL NO: 2001 LOA: 12.33m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Don Jones (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2001 TYPE: Jones 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Bruce/Hampshire/Lee-Warner/Sweetapple CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: A Sweetapple (5), D Jordan (1), J Lee-Warner (2), M Ayto, J Ey (5), C Nolan, P Bayles, A Bruce, R Mennitz, T Roarty, J Lampard The well-performed former Tasmanian yacht Quetzalcoatl, a 40-footer designed by Don Jones, was built in Hobart by its original owner, Tasmanian fine furniture maker Josh Ey, with the hull of King Billy pine. She has scored line and handicap wins in the West Coaster Melbourne to Hobart Race. New owners are a syndicate of four including Anthony Sweetapple, the son of well known yachtsman Bill Sweetapple who raced Pippin for many years. RUSH SAIL NO: B45 LOA: 13.8m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1996 TYPE: Corel 45 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Ian & John Paterson CLUB: Royal Brighton Yacht Club, VIC CREW: J Paterson, P Greenwood (6), J Vanderslot (2), R Tyson (8), M Bunyard (2), T Ratcliffe (3), A Fairlie (1), A McCole, E Murphy, M Bushby, R Melville, T Combala Built to compete on the international 45' circuit circa 1997, Rush has contested most of the major Victorian races and regattas and is returning for her third Rolex Sydney Hobart with a Victorian crew that is largely unchanged from last year. Owners and father and son, Ian and John Paterson, are hoping to improve on last year's result.
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