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    An Even Dozen TP 52's Line Up For 2018 Sydney Hobart

    An even dozen TP 52's are on the line for this year's edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, the most ever.
    (13 if you include the RP 51 Primitive Cool, formerly Secret Men’s Business)
    The 52's have made a strong impression on the Sydney Hobart in the last 14 years, with Matt Allens's Ichi Ban claiming 1st overall corrected last year and Paul Clitheroe & Bob Steel's Quest 2nd overall corrected. Paul Clitheroe's Balance 1st overall corrected in 2015 and a 4 boat sweep in 2008 for overall handicap with Bob Steel's Quest taking 1st, Alan Whiteley's Cougar II in 2nd, Graeme Wood's Wot Now in 3rd and Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin in 4th!

    10 years later, another opportunity lays before the 52's which are on the rise in popularity in Australia at the moment, with offshore events
    a primary venture for the fleets... Here is a list of them and crews for the 2018 event from the event website http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com





    Bush Paul Group

    Formerly Cougar II and Highfield Caringbah this Farr-designed Cookson NZ-built TP52 was purchased by the Fifty Two Hundred Syndicate in early 2017. Since then it has had extensive upgrades and optimization work completed, as well as adding a completely new sail wardrobe manufactured by Ian Short Sails P/L from Sydney. The boat competed as Highfield Caringbah in this year’s 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and finished a credible 2nd to Matt Allen’s new Ichi Ban in Division 1 IRC and 3rd overall on IRC rating. The owners and experienced offshore racing crew are looking forward to this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and hoping to improve on last year’s result.

    Competitor Details
    Name Bush Paul Group
    Sail Number 5200
    Owner The 5200 Syndicate
    Skipper Mathew Short
    Sailing Master Ian Short (14)
    Navigator Glenn Cooper (11)
    Crew Michael Stuart (4), Jacob Broom (5), James Craddock (11), Jensen Penny (6), Cooper Ellis, Edward Markey (3), Hayden Airey, Peter Britt, Peta Short, Mitchell Barber (2), Stuart Ford, Jason Thorne, A







    CYCA Rear Commodore Dr Sam Haynes has a real overall chance for the Tattersall Cup with his TP52 Celestial. Haynes has a history of performing well in the race, his previous Celestial finishing third overall in 2013. His latest yacht designed by Judel/Vrolijk (Germany) was launched in 2007 and has been formerly known as Wot Now/Shogun 1 and Fomo. Finished 9th overall last year and 4th in Division 1.
    Name Celestial
    Sail Number 6952
    Owner Sam Haynes
    Skipper Sam Haynes (7)
    Navigator Ben Rice
    Crew Tim Davis (12), Troy Grafton (19), Lindsay Stead (9), Collin Janes (7), Noel Holder (14), Callum Cecil (5), Keith Groves (5), Luke Easay (1), Ben Ashby, Mark Dorling, Rudy Midya (1), Harry Spedding
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type TP 52
    Designer Judel Vrolijk





    Veteran Damien Parkes is back with his 2003 German-designed 52-footer on her eighth trip south in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 33rd for skipper Parkes. Finished 13th last year in PHS Division and 12th the previous year. Duende is the former Tau Ceramics/Lacoste and raced in Europe before Parkes bought and adapted her. She has carried a number of legends in her time, including Tony Cable who broke a record on board in 2016, notching his 51st race.


    Name Duende
    Sail Number ESP6100
    Owner Damien Parkes
    Skipper Damien Parkes (34)
    Navigator Lindsey Gilbert (5)
    Crew Amanda Caucino, Angus Hilton, Anthony McLeod, Bin Gou Guan, Chris Latham, Cifford Fairbrass (1), Daren Castle, Fan Wenshou (1), Matthew Cassidy (12), Rohan Wood (5), Sean Wangxiangsheng, Stephen McGowan, Yun Hsu (2)
    Type JV52
    Designer Judel Vrolijk
    Builder Logitud Cero
    Construction Kevlar Composite





    After purchasing the TP52 ENVY Scooters from Matt Allen only six weeks prior to last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the renamed Ichi Ban not only completed the Race, but was the fourth TP52 to finish after a very rushed preparation. Having achieved a very close 2nd place on IRC in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race behind Ichi Ban, and 2nd IRC overall in the Brisbane to Keppel Race, the boat has been thoroughly optimised throughout the year for this year’s Race.

    This year the team see the return of “Legend” Rafa Trujillo to bring the team together. With his Volvo Round the World campaigns and multiple Olympic Games successes in the Finn Class, he brings experience and leadership like no one else. They have brought in our Navigator, Will Harris from the UK – an experienced Figaro sailor and also heavily involved with the last Volvo Race. James Paterson from Concubine will round out the otherwise fully Queensland RQYS Team, including half of the successful Etchells crew who attained third in the recent World Championships in Brisbane, being Ash Deeks and Brian Donovan – both extremely experienced and proficient offshore sailors. Kevin Cositin, a long-time professional sailmaker, also heavily involved in high level projects including M40 and TP52 construction in Dubai is managing and raising the level in this competitive class. His unwavering dedication to perfection has brought the whole programme to a higher level, and it is continually improving. To ensure Envy Scooters have depth for the future, the team have also included our youngest crew, Stuart Skinner, who has graduated from the RQYS Youth Development programme on the very successful Beneteau First 40.7 – “Beachball”, the training ground for the future. His older brother Curtis (Bow) has been involved in the programme from the Melges 32 days and is an integral mentor to the team.

    Owner and Skipper, RQYS Vice Commodore Barry Cuneo understands and emphasises the need to keep bringing new talent into these high-performance boats to ensure future proofing of competent crews. Thirty percent of the crew have been involved in the youth focused Melges 32 campaign previously driven by the ENVY Scooters Sailing Team.

    Competitor Details
    Name Envy Scooters
    Sail Number RQ0052
    Owner Barry Cuneo
    Skipper Barry Cuneo (3)
    Navigator Will Harris
    Crew Ashley Deeks (10), Brian Donovan (5), Curtis Skinner (7), James Paterson (7), Josh Torpy (4), Kevin Costin (14), Matt Parrott (2), Paul Hermann (8), Rafa Trujillo (4), Rory O'Sullivan (1), Stuart Skinner, Todd Anderson (4)
    State QLD
    Club RQYS
    Type TP 52
    Designer Judel Vrolijk
    Builder King Marine
    Construction Carbon Fibre





    Skippered by former rugby international Mick Martin, Frantic is a well-travelled TP52. Built by ML Boatworks in Brazil in 2004 and was originally launched as Trader, later known as Strewth before being purchased by Michael Martin in 2012 and renamed Frantic. A regular offshore race entrant with most notable results including a win on IRC & ORCi in the 2013 Gosford to Lord Howe race, 2018 Pittwater to Paradise Line Honours and line honours and new race record (4 days 2hrs & 24 mins) in the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race.

    Competitor Details
    Name Frantic
    Sail Number GBR5211L
    Owner Michael Martin
    Skipper Michael Martin (7)
    Navigator Malcolm Dean (5)
    Crew Jane Roberts (7), John Eve, Matt Jensen (5), Jospeh Ferguson, Brad Greenrod (3), Beynon Leask (6), Brendon Davies (6), Jeff Adams, Robert Carlile (13), Joel Newman, Jake Miller
    State NSW
    Club NCYC
    Type TP52 Donovan
    Designer James Donovan
    Builder ML Boat Works
    Construction Carbon Fibre





    A new entry to the Australian racing arena, with the CYCA Winter Series and the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast (where she finished fifth overall) under her belt. Originally called Container, the 2011 Judel/Vrolijk design is the sistership to the original RAN with some top place finishes at Med Cup regattas. Owners Chris Townsend and Matt Donald have called the boat Gweilo, which is slang Cantonese for white man or ghost man, and they have the ghost livery to match. Skipper Mike Green will lead the highly experienced team of Balance and Quest sailors and he says this TP52 has the pedigree, if they can make it do the numbers.

    Competitor Details
    Name Gweilo
    Sail Number 052
    Owner Matt Donald & Chris Townsend
    Skipper Mike Green (39)
    Navigator Andrea Green (7)
    Crew Adam Brown (28), Andrew Cribb (12), Chris Townsend, Clinton Evans (5), David Morris (3), Don McPhee, Matthew Donald, Max De Montgolfier (7), Richard Powell, Sam Hunt (24), Shaun Moran (2)
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type TP 52




    Last year’s overall winner of the Tattersall Cup for outright handicap winner, she will once again start as the favourite to repeat her 2017 success. Since last year’s victory she has been the outright winner of the Brisbane-Gladstone race, Flinders Island race, Newcastle Bass Island race, Airlie Beach race week, and runner up at Hamilton Island race week and the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. Beautifully prepared by Australian Sailing President Matt Allen and with a top-level crew she could become only the third yacht in the 74-year history of the race to record back-to-back victories.

    Competitor Details
    Name Ichi Ban
    Sail Number AUS001
    Owner Matt Allen
    Skipper Matt Allen (28)
    Navigator Will Oxley (17)
    Crew Anthony Merrington (9), Charles Kosecki (8), Craig Garnett (16), Davin Conigrave (7), Gordon Maguire (20), James Corrie (7), Jeremy Rae (25), Robert Greenhalgh (2), Sean O’Rourke (3), Silas Nolan (16), Timothy Sellars (10), Wade Morgan (18), William Sykes (12)
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type Botin 52





    Koa, which means “Strong Warrior” in Hawaiian, is a 2004 Farr-designed, Goetz-built TP52. She was originally called Sjambok and was built alongside Bright Star, which is Quest. Finished eighth overall in the 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, and 14th overall in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Peter is sailing with two of his sons in the team this year.

    Competitor Details
    Name Koa
    Sail Number 52152
    Owner Peter Wrigley & Andrew Kearnan
    Skipper Andrew Kearnan (4) and Peter Wrigley
    Navigator Mark Hewitt-Park (8)
    Crew Brent Wrigley, Byron White, Drew Wrigley, Scott Clarkson (5), George Anyon, Kurt Hansen, Brad Madders, Patrick Vos
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type TP52
    Designer Farr
    Builder Goetz
    Construction Carbon




    M3 is based out of Western Australia with the yacht campaigning in the last two Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races and Blue Water Pointscore Series with great results. This year she will be skippered by Aron ‘Roni’ Ormandlaki, the owner of Roni Rigging and Racing, and assisted by his colleague, watch captain Will Parbury. The crew is formed around five keen Hungarian sailors, Gabor, Tamas, Adam, Lajos and Zoltan, with plenty of offshore experience looking to pursue their dream to complete the great race. Together with Roni who is a well-known sailor in Hungary, they are launching the first Hungarian entry in the race with the team being combined with some local sailors to enhance the team’s knowledge. There is great support from Hungary and the whole team is excited and counting down the days until the race start.

    Competitor Details
    Name M3 Team Hungary
    Sail Number HUN001
    Owner Aron Ormandlaki
    Crew Gabor Ujvari, Adam Ujvari, Tamas Horvath, Will Parbury (2), Lajos Gyuru, Andrew Stuckey (1), Aron Nemeth, Bret Pery (10), Cameron Mckenzye (13), Gyula Monus (0), Paul Heyes (14), Peter Hickson (5), Tamas Kelemen, Zoltan Czap
    State NSW
    Club FSC
    Type TP52
    Designer Farr
    Builder Goetz
    Construction Carbon







    PYR Jarhead Woteva has been chartered by UK Race Charter Business Performance Yacht Racing for the third year and is sailed by a team of sailors based in Malta. PYR offers individuals opportunities to take part in races around the world on competitive yachts, as well as whole yacht charters, with crew keen paying amateurs with a varied mix of ability from around the world. Previously sailed as WOT YOT/WOT EVA, finishing the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart as 49th for line honours and fifth in overall PHS, third in Div. 1.

    Competitor Details
    Name PYR Jarhead Wot Eva
    Sail Number 6953
    Owner Performance Yacht Racing
    Skipper Greg Nasmyth
    Crew Alec Kelly, Cathal Leigh-Doyle, Ciaran Dwyer, Daniel Fenech, David Dyer, George Johnstone (3), Huw Evans, Jenny Ahlin, Johan Sahl, Johan Stenhoff, Philippe Falle, Richard Cashmore and Richard Nicholson.
    State United Kingdom
    Club CYCA
    Type Nelson Marek 52
    Designer Nelson Marek
    Builder Goetz

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    Brenton Fischer keeps the Fischer and Ragamuffin names alive in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, having entered his legendary grandfather Syd’s TP52, Ragamuffin. He missed the race last year but skippered the yacht in the 2015 and 2016 races. “I’m really looking forward to doing the race again. We’ll be competitive - I’ll pretty much have the same crew as last time, like Clinton Wade-Lehmann. He’s helping me put the boat and crew together,” said the 34-year-old, whose Hobart debut was 2014 on his grandfather’s super maxi, Ragamuffin 100. Last raced in 2016 for 49th overall, but the previous year were relegated from provisionally 2nd overall to 38th after colliding with Ark32 at the start.

    Competitor Details
    Name Ragamuffin
    Sail Number AUS 70
    Owner Brenton Fischer
    Navigator Chris Wild
    Crew Ben Kelly, Ben Robinson, Brian Harris, Clynton Wade-Lehman, David Woodhead, Je De Kock, John Bush, Karma Randall, Liz Wardley (4) Maike Muth (2), Ty Marshall
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type TP52
    Designer Farr
    Builder Goetz
    Construction Carbon




    Gordon Ketelbey has been racing Zens for years, however this TP52 is a change from the Sydney 38 and Farr 40 which he has been campaigning in the past. Ketelbey has raced extensively in major races out of Sydney and Victoria which he will be looking to be able to compete in again with the new incarnation. The boat has been recently acquired after racing on the TP52 Super Series for many years and has undergone many modifications to make sure it is up to the challenge of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. “About half the TP52 crew are from my Farr 40, the others being some very good sailors. Our aim for Hobart is of course to win and having competitors such as Ichi Ban is going to be a big hurdle; but who knows,” said Ketelbey.

    Competitor Details
    Name Zen
    Sail Number 52001
    Owner Gordon Ketelbey
    Skipper Gordon Ketelbey (11)
    Navigator Tom Barker (12)
    Crew Shane Guanaria (11), Tim Austin (4), Edward Snowball (1), Frank O’Leary (6), Mark Edmonds (3), Ben Austin (1), Sean Kirkjian (22), Joe Bottomly (1), Jonathon Swain (4), Daniel Williams (6), Mark Langford (1)
    State NSW
    Club CYCA
    Type TP52
    Designer Botin
    Builder Synergy Team
    Construction Carbon
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    Need to get more 52's on the West Coast interested in offshore races.

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