Insomnia, previously known as Elena Nova, has competed in one of Australia’s greatest sporting events only once; in 2016, with a previous owner. The seven-year-old is joining a cast that includes some of the fastest and most modern yachts in the world, along with winners from yesteryear and newcomers.
“It’s my first Hobart race and I’m excited, as it’s been two years in the planning,” Grimes says. “I especially bought this boat for it.”
At the pointy and technologically advanced end are super maxis Black Jack, InfoTrack and SHK Scallywag 100, a record-breaking boat which took line honours in the Transatlantic Race from Rhode Island to Cowes only a few days ago.
The 2017 winner, Ichi Ban (Matt Allen), is back with an envious list of victories to her name. She is joined by other previous winners in Quest (won twice – 2008 and 2015), Oskana (as Victoire in 2013) and Simon Kurts’ veteran Love & War, one of only two boats to have won three Sydney Hobarts (1974, 1978, 2006).
Ed Psaltis won the tragic 1998 race and returns with his most recent ‘Midnight Rambler’, a Sydney 36. Among those being initiated into the race is Melbourne’s Carrera S, a Marten 49 owned by Gerry Cantwell and Finnish yacht, Lintu, a Swan 57 owned by Jyrki Mki. Lintu is one of six internationals already signed up.
CYCA Commodore, Paul Billingham says: “The 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 75th race to Hobart, is going to be one of the most memorable in the history of our great race. We are ecstatic to have 100 entries at such an early stage and thrilled to have such a strong fleet from across the country and around the world.”
When the start cannon is fired on 26 December at 1300hrs local time, one of the largest and most competitive fleets from around the globe will be on show. Each will take home a memory and piece of history, having taken part in the 75th Sydney Hobart.
Entries into the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart close on Friday 25 October at 1700hrs. For full list of entries and further information visit The Yachts page.
By Di Pearson