• The Sydney Hobart Over 60 Club

    The Sydney Hobart always attracts an elite cross section of the biggest and fastest racing monohulls on the planet and 2018 is no exception.
    Here is a selection of 10 of them competing in this years contest:



    ALIVE RP 66

    Alive is registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tasmania. Purchased at the start of 2014 by Phillip Turner, a Tasmanian businessman. She has broken several long-standing race records and filled the trophy cabinet with east coast Australia races before heading to Southeast Asia mid 2017 for the Asian Series. She has now returned and looking forward to east coast Australia racing, including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Formerly Black Jack designed by Reichel/Pugh and a near sister ship to Wild Oats X. Last raced in 2016 when she was 17th overall and eighth across the line. Experienced and well-travelled crew under owner Phillip Turner and skipper Duncan Hine, she will be amongst the top place getters.


    Owner Philip Turner (3)
    Skipper Duncan Hine (5)
    Navigator Wouter Verbraak
    Crew Marco Jeffrey (7), Shane Gaddes (5), Tim Somerville (2), Marco Carpinello (1), William Tiller (2), William Mackenzie (2), Kinley Fowler (2), William Endean (1), Luke Watkins (1






    Black Jack RP100

    One of the clear favourites for line honours as well as the handicap prize in a big boat race. Third to finish last year and claimed the line honours in 2009 as Alfa Romeo. The team started the season in fine form by taking line honours in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and in the process beating both Wild Oats XI and Comanche. Owner Peter Harburg and skipper Mark Bradford have again assembled a top-class crew and with more under-the-water modifications she could easily lead the charge south. Australian Olympian Anthony Nossiter and New Zealand America’s Cup hero Brad Butterworth will look after the tactical side while Australian Tom Addis will handle navigational duties.
    Owner Peter Harburg
    Skipper Peter Harburg (7)
    Sailing Master Mark Bradford (11)
    Navigator Tom Addis (12)
    Crew John Flannery (15), Liam Woulfe (4), Peter Merrington, Scott Beavis (12), Shane Dunne (4), Simon Daubney (5), Vaughan Prentice (10), Will McCarthy (13), Alex Nolan (12), Anthony Nossiter (18), Brad Butterworth (5), Brian Hillier (8), Bruce Clark (26), Chris Anderson (5), Darren Hutchison (12), Dean Phipps (5)





    Comanche 100 Supermaxi

    Claimed line honours in last year’s race, repeating her success from 2015 and in the process breaking the course record. Owner Jim Cooney has once again assembled an all-star crew headed by ace helmsman Jimmy Spithill and Volvo Ocean Race offshore veteran Brad Jackson with the team on the top line of favouritism for another line honours title. Crew have been working hard to lift their light-air performance and already have been impressive in capturing line honours records in both the Sydney to Newcastle - Bass Island Yacht Race and Flinders Island Race. Also taking line honours in the recent Cabbage Tree Island Race. She was built to break records and in 2015 set a new monohull speed record covering 618.01 nautical miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 25.75 knots. A new race record is not beyond her, or any of the other super maxis.

    Owner Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant
    Skipper Jim Cooney (7)
    Navigator Simon Fisher
    Crew Jimmy Spithill, Kelvin Harrap, Julia Cooney (3), James Cooney (2), Pablo Arrate, Justin Slattery, Louis Sinclair, Tom Johnson, Andrew Henderson (21), Nick Burridge, Ryan Godfrey, Daryl Wislang, John Hildebrand (12), Dirk De Ridder, Kyle Langford, Brad Jackson

    Note: Jimmy Spithill is out with an arm injury and Stan Honey is on crutches after buggering up his leg in Sydney getting off Comanche





    Infotrack Juan-K 100

    Claimed line honours in 2016 (as Perpetual Loyal) and in the process breaking the course record. She raced under current owner Christian Beck last year when she was fourth over the line but was relegated to 24th due to a rule infringement. Began life as Speedboat, then became Rambler 100 before Perpetual Loyal and now Beck has arranged a crew full of round the world heroes in Bouwe Bekking (Ned), Stu Bannatyne (NZ) and navigator Andrew Cape (Aus) who will be looking for a tough upwind bash to push this boat towards her second line honours title. Owner Beck was the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the founder of LEAP and InfoTrack, a technology company that provides tools for people and businesses.


    Owner Christian Beck (1)
    Skipper Joe Akacich (18)
    Navigator Andrew Cape (17)
    Crew Bradshaw Kellett (26), Tony Mutter (4), Dylan Clarke (4), Ty Oxley (14), Hugo Slawson (4), Alexander Gough (3), Darren Beck, Bouwe Bekking (2), Mitchell White (17), Stu Bannatyne (12), Guillermo Alterdill (1), David Wills, Antonio Mons (1), Holly Taylor, Mal Parker (7), John Ahern, Nicholas Dana (1), Lucas Chapman (5)




    Scallywag Dovell 100

    “When things get hard, they just work harder. It’s one of the things that makes us (David Witt and Seng Huang Lee) proud of the team. The ethos of a Scallywag: endure, adapt, excel, and to never give up,” said Witt. “But at the end of the day, we are just a bunch of mates sailing together with an ever-growing Scallywag family from all over the globe. And we’re excited to take on the race by storm.” The goal for the owner and the team is raising and promoting competitive sailing in Asia, while building a long-lasting youth sailing legacy in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Hong Kong Sailing Federation. The team has made history by being the first ever Hong Kong entry into the Volvo Ocean Race (2017-18 edition), also winning Leg 4: Melbourne to Hong Kong for Hong Kong’s debut stopover, as well as coming second place in Leg 6: Hong Kong to Auckland.

    Owner Seng Huang Lee (1)
    Skipper David Witt (23)
    Crew Meitatsu Fukumoto, Kenta Inaba, Ben Piggott (4), Trystan Seal, Nick Meyer, Scott Salter (1), Luke Parkinson (4), Ferdinand Galleta (3), Marcus Ashley-Jones (14), Phil Harmer (11), Pete Cumming, Annemieke Bes (2), Nick Crones (1), Tom Clout (4), Jack Macartney (7), Jack Chen, Miles Seddon, Matt Pearce (20)





    Wild Oats XI RP100
    Has one of the great CVs in the 74-year history of the great race south. Eight line-honours titles (including two race records) and two overall victories, once again will be amongst the favourites especially in the line honours duel. The past three years have not been kind to her having retired in both 2015 and 2016 and then last year was penalised out of the race record and line honours after an incident at Sydney Heads. She will have plenty to prove this year with the majority of her strong crew returning to try to write another piece of Sydney Hobart Yacht Race history.
    “I have a very good feeling about this year’s race from the team perspective. We have a great team of people both on the boat and shore crew and in particular, The Oatley Family,” said Richards.

    Owner The Oatley Family
    Skipper Mark Richards (16)
    Navigator Juan Vila (5)
    Crew Matthew Mason (10), Matthew Shillington (23), Nathan Ellis (13), Paul Magee (11), Robbie Naismith (23), Rodney Daniel (17), Sam Newton (6), Steve Jarvin (30), Steve Quigley (6), Tim Wiseman (13), Chris Links (25), Carlo Huisman (2), Cameron Baillie (6), Daniel Oatley (1), Glenn Bourke, Graeme Taylor (22), Iain Murray (24), Josh Whittaker (16)




    Wild Oats X Reichel/Pugh 66
    An all-woman crew with the large majority having raced in the recent Volvo Ocean Race. It’s just her second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race; but is no stranger to action. Third in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010, second in Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2010, winner of Hamilton Island Race week 2005, line honours Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2007 and 2005 and more. Finished last year’s Race in 11th overall and fourth in her Division. Will no doubt be there, or thereabouts this year. In 2006 Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail single-handed around the world “the wrong way”, westward against the prevailing wind and currents.
    Owner The Oatley Family
    Skipper Stacey Jackson (11)
    Crew D Caffari (1), L Greenhalgh (1), C Brouwer (1), K Spithill, B Cook, S Cafer (15), V Dudley (22) J Cole (7), K McMasters (3), S Ciszek (5) F Rosenberg, K Pettibone (2)




    Winning Appliances Carkeek 60

    Built in Dubai, Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban Carkeek 60 has been loaned to John Winning Junior and Senior, hence the renaming to the family business. “It’s a group of friends and family sailing in memory of the 1998 race,” Winning Jr says. “It’ll be the first and probably only time we’ll get the chance to do the race together.” The crew will include Tommy Spithill and Seve Jarvin whose brother and father respectively are sailing on super maxis. Since 2005 Winning Sr has loaned his motor cruiser JBW to the CYCA for use as the Radio Relay Vessel.

    Owner Matthew Allen
    Skipper John Winning Jr (2)
    Crew Douglas McGain (13), Troy Tindill (10), Pete Calligeros (17), Justin Schaffer, Hamish Roughley (8), John Winning, Seve Jarvin (2), Tom Woodcock (5), Tom Spithill (3)




    Prospector Mills 68
    The Prospector team and family have been methodically ticking off our bucket list of some of the world’s great ocean races including so far, the Transatlantic Race, Middle Sea, Fastnet, Pineapple Cup and Pac Cup. The team have been fortunate to finish on the podium more often than not, including winning overall and setting the course record in the Marblehead to Halifax race. “Many view the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as the pinnacle in our sport and we figured we had to come and try out against the best so here we are!” Explained Paul McDowell. The team is unique in that there are four equal owners (Larry Landry, Paul McDowell, Dave Siwicki and Marty Roesch) and mostly sail with a Corinthian crew of friends. “While fun is always at the top of the agenda, we take it seriously and have the results to show for it. Our task is made immeasurably easier by our terrific boat which gives us the platform to excel in nearly any conditions. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be a serious test for us, but we feel up to the challenge,” says McDowell.

    Owner Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners
    Skipper Paul McDowell
    Navigator Larry Landry
    Crew Matthew Landry, Dr Dave Siwicki, Artie Means, Quinn Tobin, Lucien Moore, Robert Mccarthy, Andrew Wolf, Martin Roesch, Henry Little, Dave Scott, Scott Mras, Tim Keyworth, Stuart Macneil, Dennis Willette, Colette Storck, James Quivey, Terrence Glackin




    Naval Group Reichel Pugh 65

    Led by Sean Langman, MD of Noakes Group and one of the nation’s best-known and most versatile sailors who has handled everything from 18-foot skiffs and 60ft trimarans to gaff-rigged classics and competed in 27 Hobarts. Naval Group is the former Moneypenny, the last RP65 to be built by McConaghy’s in Australia, launched in 2008 for American Jim Swartz who competed in the Newport Bermuda Race, among other events. For the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Naval Group’s crew is a mixture of French and Australian, including a number of RAN personnel. “Another year and a new challenge,” Langman said. “Representing Naval Group, the RP69 was chosen to provide a platform for French and Australian employees to demonstrate their ability to work as a team and achieve a respectable result.”
    Owner Sean Langman
    Skipper Sean Langman (27)
    Navigator Murray Spence (18)
    Crew Josh Alexander (18), Shaun McKnight (9), Lee Goddard (3), Herve Guillou (1), Antoine Caillaud, Diane Roy, Edward Bramich, Gaetan Bourdeaux, James Wilkes, Steven Patriarca, Tabitha Stevenson, Tori Costello, Jean-Francois Lucas, Jerome Vol, Luc Remont, Siobhan Byrne
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