Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts in 100 days

An international and star-studded fleet is building for the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with just 100 days to go until the start of the 77th edition of the historic race.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, organiser of the race, has welcomed 89 entrants to date.

The fleet features eight international boats – from Germany (Orione), Great Britain (Sunrise), Hungary (Cassiopeia), New Caledonia (Eye Candy and Poulpito), New Zealand (Caro) and USA (Ocean Freeway and Warrior Won).

Matt Allen’s Botin 52 Ichi Ban, the overall winner in 2021, is back to chase more history, looking to become just the second boat to win the Tattersall Cup in three consecutive races and the first to win overall honours four times.

Ichi Ban is back to defend overall honours – Andrea Francolini pic

Peter Harburg’s Reichel/Pugh 100 Black Jack – line honours winner in 2021 – is one of four super maxis entered, alongside race record holder, Andoo Comanche (three-times line honours winner), Hamilton Island Wild Oats (record nine-times line honours winner) and Christian Beck’s Juan-K 100 LawConnect (line honours winner as Perpetual LOYAL in 2016).

There will be another strong contingent of short-handed sailors, with Crux (Carlos Aydos’s S&S 34) and Speedwell (Campbell Geeves and Wendy Tuck) among 13 two-handed entrants.

Arthur Lane, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, said: “The fleet for the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart is set to be one of the race’s biggest over the last ten years, outside of the 75th anniversary race in 2019.

Alive won the race overall in 2018 – Andrea Francolini pic

“We are delighted to see so many international and interstate entrants returning to take part in the race after the challenges of the last few years. There are many former winners, as well as a large number of first timers, taking on what is one of ocean racing’s greatest challenges.

“The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia thanks Rolex for its ongoing support of the race and sailing worldwide, as the Club celebrates 20 years of partnership with its race sponsor.”

Of the 81 Australian entrants to date, 52 are from NSW, 13 from Queensland, six from Victoria, four from Tasmania, four from South Australia and two from Western Australia.

Some of the notable boats competing in 2022 are:
Alive: Phillip Turner’s Reichel/Pugh 66, skippered by Duncan Hine, won the Tattersall Cup in 2018.
Andoo Comanche: John Winning Jr has chartered the famous VPLP 100, which has won line honours three times (2015/2017/2019) and holds the race record.
Black Jack: Peter Harburg’s Reichel/Pugh 100, skippered by Mark Bradford, won line honours for the first time in 2021.
Caro: Justin Ferris’ Botin 52, skippered by Maximilian Klink, is expected to be among the frontrunners in a competitive group of 52-foot boats.
Celestial: Sam Haynes’ TP52 was second overall last year.
Crux: Carlos Aydos’ S&S 34 was second on all handicaps in the inaugural Two-Handed Division last year.
Hamilton Island Wild Oats: The Oatley Family’s Reichel/Pugh 100 – formerly Wild Oats XI – returns to the race. She holds the record for most Line Honours wins (nine), also winning overall honours and breaking the race record twice.
Ichi Ban: Matt Allen’s Botin 52 has back-to-back overall wins to her name and a joint-record three in total.
Kialoa II: Patrick and Keith Broughton are the proud owners of the 1971 line honours winner.
LawConnect: Christian Beck’s 100-footer won line honours for Anthony Bell as Perpetual LOYAL in 2016.
Quest: Craig Neil’s TP52 has twice won overall, as Quest for Bob Steel in 2008 and as Balance for Paul Clitheroe in 2015.
Sunrise: Tom Kneen’s JPK 1180 won the 2021 Fastnet Race, was second in the 2021 Middle Sea Race and won divisional honours in the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600.
Warrior Won: American Chris Sheehan will race his highly fancied TP52 in Australia for the first time, having made headlines by winning the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600.

Entries for the 2022 Rolex Sydney Hobart close at 1700hrs on Friday 28 October 2022.

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