Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 82 | offshore STORMY PETREL SAIL NO: 508 LOA: 11.12m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Sparkman & Stephens (USA) YEAR BUILT: 1970 TYPE:S&S36 NO. OF HOBARTS: 11 OWNER/SKIPPER: Kevin O'Shea CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: K O'Shea (2), J Maclurcan (16), B Hunter, K Coote, S Harries, M Sheppard Sparkman & Stephens, the famous US naval architects, designed Stormy Petrel to the international One Ton rule, and Syd Fischer sailed her to victory in the 1971 Cup series in New Zealand. Joining owner Kevin O'Shea will be John Maclurcan, who sailed aboard Stormy Petrel in many Hobarts when owned by the late Tony Pearson, a past CYCA Commodore. With 37 years of ocean racing history to her name, Stormy Petrel is still very competitive offshore. THE BIGGER PICTURE SAIL NO: 6051 LOA: 11.8m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (NSW) YEAR BUILT: 2002 TYPE: Sydney 38 OD NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Mike Roberts & Anthony Hooper CLUB: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, NSW CREW: M Roberts, A Hooper, D Herlihy (3), T Eccles (1), D Newman, A Beacham, I Douglas (1), C Kameen, S McCarthy, C Warren (1) Anthony Hooper and Mike Roberts are continuing The Bigger Picture's five-year history of contesting the popular Sydney 38 OD division of most major east coast offshore races and regattas. The Bigger Picture has had a busy year, contesting the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island race weeks, Sydney 38 OD state titles and in between offshore races and regattas, The Bigger Picture is actively campaigned by both owners and charterers. SWAN SONG SAIL NO: 8448 LOA: 14.84m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: German Frers (ARG) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: Swan 48 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Geoffrey Hill CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: G Hill (7), L May (34), G Snow (24), A Jackson (14), P Sheldrich (17), R Snow (8), S Byron (16), E Adriaanes (18), R Carlier (27), S Wall (2), J Beaton (6), G Bauchop (11), B Johnson (2) Most of the crew from the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner, Love & War, has teamed up with owner Geoff Hill to take Stephen Ainsworth's former Swan 48 to Hobart for the first time. A highly experienced team, including Lindsay May who is contesting his 35th Rolex Sydney Hobart and George Snow his 25th, will enjoy a comfortable ride south on this former IRC Australian Champion. THE GOAT SAIL NO: 7027 LOA: 11.78m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2003 TYPE: Sydney 38 OD NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Foye /Gordon CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: B Foye & others Formerly Estate Master, The Goat is a Sydney 38 with good credentials including a first and second at the Sydney 38 Nationals. The boat is being campaigned under new owners, including 1993 Sydney Hobart overall winning co-skipper Bruce Foye. The Goat's name is derived from Foye's Hobart winner Wild Oats (which has for many years was affectionately referred to as 'the Goat'). SWISH SAIL NO: 6073 LOA: 11.7m CLASS: IRC/One Design DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2001 TYPE: Sydney 38 OD NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER/SKIPPER: Steve Proud CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia/Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, NSW CREW: S Proud (1), K Meyboom (1), J Hall (2), J Rodger (1), T Quick (3) Swish has been a regular competitor in major east coast races over the past seven years. Encouraged by a regular crew with wealth of local and international experience, owner Steve Proud is hoping for a strong performance in what will be a hotly contested Sydney 38 division. Swish placed 3rd in the Sydney 38 OD division and 3rd in IRC division B when she last sailed to Hobart in 2005. TRUE NORTH SAIL NO: YC5974 LOA: 11.92m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Bruce Farr (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: Beneteau First 40.7 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Andrew Saies CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, SA CREW: A Saies (2), B Young (7) R Human (11), I Schmidt (2) D Cronin, L DeWit, M Hutton, M Clarke, K Kellow True North has competed successfully in South Australian waters under owner Andrew Saies since 2004, including placing 2nd in division in this year's Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race. Competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is part of a four-year race program for this boat and her crew which includes the experienced Brett Young as boat and team manager.
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