Offshore Yachting : December January 2008
THE FLEET 84 | offshore WEDGETAIL SAIL NO: HW42 LOA: 12.9m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Hugh Welbourn (GBR) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Welbourn 40 NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Bill Wild CLUB: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD CREW: B Wild (3), P Elkington (5), K Costin (7), D Hutchison (6), V Dudley (13), G Harland (14), A Deeks (4), S Kidd (2), P Dowdney (6) Wedgetail made its Rolex Sydney Hobart debut in the 2005 race and finished an impressive 6th overall on corrected time, followed up with a 1st in IRC division 2 of the 2007 Audi Sydney Southport. Skipper Bill Wild always puts together an excellent crew with Kevin Costin joining the highly experienced Gail Harland, Vanessa Dudley, Brisbane Etchells sailor Darren Hutchison, Auckland sailmaker Simon Kidd and navigator Peter Elkington. WISTARIE SAIL NO: 263 LOA: 11.58m CLASS: TBA DESIGNER: Bill Dixon (UK) YEAR BUILT: 1996 TYPE: Moody 38 NO. OF HOBARTS: 0 OWNER: Bill Ratcliff CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: B Ratcliff (39) & others Bill Ratcliff's Moody 38 Wistarie has done plenty of sea miles including cruising twice to the Whitsundays. Bill's best result was in the 1993 Sydney Hobart when he placed 3rd overall on IMS handicap with his beloved S&S 34 Marara. With the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007, Bill is due to become only the seventh yachtsman to reach the illustrious 40 race milestone. WILD OATS XI SAIL NO: AUS10001 LOA: 30m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Reichel Pugh (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: 30m Maxi NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Robert Oatley CLUB: Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, NSW, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, ITA, Hamilton Island Yacht Club, QLD CREW: M Richards (3), I Murray (13), I Smith (9), T Wiseman (2), C Harmsen (13), S Jarvin (19), T Tindill (2), S Runow (18), R Naismith (12), J Hildebrand (3), D Sampson (8), A Henderson (9), R Daniel (6), J Whitaker (5), J Wilson (1), I Burns (11), P Shipway (29), P Westlake (9), P Merrington (11), T Bellingham (5), A Pratt (15), B Clark (16), R Goodrich (2), M Shillington (12) In her Rolex Sydney Hobart debut, this state-of-the-art 30 metre maxi with canting ballast twin foil (CBTF) took line honours in record time and won the Tattersall's Cup -- the only boat to take the trifecta since Rani in the first race in 1945. Wild Oats XI picked up back-to-back line honours in the 2006 race and this year is aiming for the hat-trick, a feat not achieved since Morna beat the fleet to Hobart in the 1946-1948 races. WOT YOT SAIL NO: 6952 LOA: 15.85m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Nelson/Marek (USA) YEAR BUILT: 2000 TYPE: TP52 NO. OF HOBARTS: 1 OWNER: Graeme Wood CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: G Wood (2), M Green (29), B Baker (2), P Seary (3), H Brodie (21), T Powell (11), J Harris (1), S Reffold (10), R Scrivner Following a win in the Flinders Islet Race and a 3rd on IRC in the Cabbage Tree Island race, Wot Yot is leading the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Series from Ragamuffin and is a strong contender for the Tattersall's Cup for the overall handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. CYCA director and current Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year, Graeme Wood, has again entered two boats (second boat is Wot's Next). The TP52s are carbon fibre built with a conventional fixed keel/bulb configuration and are extremely light for their length. WOT'S NEXT SAIL NO: 6559 LOA: 14.27m CLASS: IRC DESIGNER: Murray Burns Dovell (AUS) YEAR BUILT: 2005 TYPE: Sydney 47 CR NO. OF HOBARTS: 2 OWNER: Graeme Wood CLUB: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, NSW CREW: B Sykes (19), S Marshall (2), D Smith (2), J Shearer (3), N Dallen (1), J English (1) Wot's Next is also owned by Graeme Wood but will be skippered by Bill Sykes. Wot's Next won its division the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart and found form at last year's Hamilton Island Race Week where the Sydney 47 won the Premier Cruising Division. Skipper Bill Sykes will again head up a part youth crew selected from the CYCA's Youth Sailing Academy.
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