Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 80 | offshore SHE SAIL NO: 4924 LOA: 15.52m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Gary Mull (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1982 TYPE: Olsen 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 11 OWNER: Peter Rodgers CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: P Rogers (10), P Samuelson, C Grafton, B Cohen, D Thomas, C Grey, K Apps, A Ozels, P Hutchings This 'golden oldie' of ocean racing has been sailed by Peter and his crew in 11 Rolex Sydney Hobart Races and 12 Lord Howe Island Races, as well as various NSW coastal races. Good results have been achieved in the races to Lord Howe, with several PHS division placings including winning PHS results, and in the rugged 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart, She placed fourth overall on PHS handicap. SKANDIA SAIL NO: M10 LOA: 30m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Don Jones (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: 30m Maxi NO. OF HOBARTS: 4 OWNER: Grant Wharington CLUB: Mornington Yacht Club, VIC/Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: G Wharington (19), G Taylor (10), I Johnston (10), J Rae (14), P Cosman (9), G Healy (5), M Pearce (11), N Stahmer (1), C Smith (7), B Coventry (7) Skandia was the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours winner and the following year was leading the fleet to Hobart when she capsized and the crew abandoned ship. Skandia was rebuilt and went on to take line honours in the 2005 Sydney Gold Coast, Sydney Mooloolaba and Sydney Mackay races. This year has been a quiet one for Skandia with Grant Wharington and his crew using the time off the water to prepare the boat for its fifth consecutive attempt at the 628 nautical mile ocean classic. SHERIDAN RODE RAIL (TARTAN) SAIL NO: 3846 LOA: 11.62m CLASS: PHS DESIGNER: Ted Kaufman (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 1984 TYPE: Northshore 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Ian Sanford CLUB: Greenwich Sailing Club, NSW CREW: I Sanford, D Copley, G Sanford, B Nicholson, B Moore, B King Having completed their maiden ocean race, the Audi Sydney Gold Coast/ Sydney Mackay Race, where they placed second and fourth overall respectively on PHS, these skiff sailors have decided to give the Rolex Sydney Hobart a go. The boat is making a return to the event almost a decade after retiring from the storm swept 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. SPIRIT OF KOOMOOLOO SAIL NO: 2170 LOA: 14.8m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Sparkman & Stephens (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1968 TYPE: Sparkman & Stephens 49 NO. OF HOBARTS: 21 OWNER: Mike Freebairn CLUB: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD CREW: M Freebairn, A Reed (4), A Turton (1), S Zaphir (6), B Harburg (1) Spirit of Koomooloo has a long and colourful history as the original Ragamuffin and then Margaret Rintoul II, including contesting 21 Rolex Sydney Hobarts, three Admiral's Cups and a Fastnet Race Win in 1971. Best Rolex Sydney Hobart results include a second to Love & War in the 30 year veterans division of the 50th race in 1994. Queenslander Mike Freebairn bought the S&S 49 to replace his previous classic yacht Koomooloo which sank during last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart. SHOGUN SAIL NO: G421 LOA: 14.1m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Simon Rogers (UK) YEAR BUILT: 2007 TYPE: Rogers 46 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Robert Hanna CLUB: Royal Geelong Yacht Club, VIC CREW: R Hanna (2), T Bull (1), M Smith (1), G O'Brien (4), J Newman (2), B Newman (2), T Cross, B Anson (10), B King (2), B Da Costa, C Webster The new Rogers 46 Shogun has had mixed fortunes since her launch in June this year, placing 1st in division and 2nd overall in her first outing, the Audi Sydney Gold Coast in July then during her first race at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Shogun suffered mast damage which ended her regatta. Hanna has invested in a downwind flyer and will be hoping for fast running and reaching conditions heading south. SPLASH GORDON SAIL NO: 6838 LOA: 12.41m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1998 TYPE: modified Farr 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Stephen Ellis CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club CREW: S Ellis (2), P Langley, B Nann (1), I Goldsworthy, N Craddock This modified Farr 40 has been successfully campaigned in the past 12 months including placing 2nd in the IRC division of last year's Rolex Trophy and 1st in division in this year's Audi Sydney Gold Coast. An experienced offshore crew, including Fastnet and Admiral's cup sailor Ian Goldsworthy, will lead the charge south.
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