Deep southerner enters Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
The aptly named boat Farr South will represent the southernmost yacht club in Australia, Port Esperance Sailing Club at Dover in the far south of Tasmania, in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Club member Ian Hall has lodged his application to enter the race with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the first Tasmanian boat to be nominated so far for this year’s 628 nautical mile ocean classic.
“Farr Out has an impressing pedigree and a crew well used to the ‘Roaring Forties’, looking forward to a fast race home,” says owner/skipper Hall. Among the experienced ocean racing and cruising crew is 72-year-old “sailing legend” Bill Wright, a veteran of many Sydney Hobart and Bass Strait Races, a Tasmanian circumnavigation and a circumnavigation of the world.
Farr South is a Farr/Jutson 37, which as Hot Property won the IMS divisions of the Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport Races and also placed third in its division of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in 2000.
“We bought the boat 18 months ago with the intention of sailing in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart but decided we needed to do some more work on the boat,” adds the owner/skipper.