Alive to defend Rolex Sydney Hobart
Tasmanian-owned yacht Alive is returning to Australia to defend the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race the 66-footer won last year, with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia last week receiving her entry for what will be the 75th running of the bluewater classic.
Alive’s overall victory last year was the first by a yacht from this State to win the coveted Tattersalls Cup in 39 years and only the fourth win by a Tasmanian yacht since the first Sydney Hobart in 1945.
After competing in the 628 nautical mile race, Alive is expected to remain in Hobart to contest the traditional King of the Derwent in early January, followed by the Australian Yachting Championships, being held on the River Derwent and Storm Bay for the first time.
The Reichel Pugh 66, owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine, both members of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, has just reached Brisbane after being sailed across the South Pacific following competing in the 50th TransPac, a 2250 nautical mile race from Los Angesles to Honolulu, in which she was first foreign boat on corrected time.
Turner is also a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, earlier this year being awarded the club’s prestigious Governor’s Cup.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has now received more than 120 entries for the 75th Sydney Hobart and with nominations not closing until October, the CYCA is predicting a fleet of up to 150 lining up on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, 26 December.
Alive’s entry brings to a dozen the number of Tasmanian yachts in the fleet, the biggest contingent from the State since the 50th Sydney Hobart in 1995.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photo: Peter Watson
29 August 2019