Anthony Bell returns to the blue water classic with the former Rambler 100. Since acquiring the boat earlier this year, Bell has embarked on a mammoth project to re-build the yacht since her keel snapped off, causing her capsize in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, after taking line honours in numerous races. She was originally and aptly christened Speedboat – for good reason – and took line honours in her maiden outing, the Newport Bermuda Race.
Bell took line honours from Wild Oats XI in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart with his former Elliott designed super maxi (now called Ragamuffin 100 and in the hands of Syd Fischer), crossing the finish line just three minutes and eight seconds ahead of her adversary and after surviving a protest by the Race Committee.
This yacht is sure to be the fly in the ointment, with a crew who forms part of the ‘who’s who’ of yachting, such as the return of American navigator, Stan Honey, who was among the first to sail this yacht when it was named Speedboat.
Reputedly the fastest racing 100 footer in the world, buckle up for a white knuckle ride and get set for what will be the most talked about super maxi battle in the world as Perpetual LOYAL goes head-to-head with record holder Wild Oats XI, Ragamuffin 100 and Wild Thing.
|Skipper||Anthony Bell (3)|
|Sailing Master||Michael Coxon (29)|
|Navigator||Stan Honey (2)|
|Crew||J Akacich, N Burridge (5), T Braidwood, J Flannery, J Clougher, T Mutter, P Westlake, W McCarthy, W Morgan (10), T Oxley (8), N Beaudoin, T Slingsby, P Calligeros, I Smith, B Walker, P Waugh|
|Designer||Juan Yacht Design|