Geelong sailing identity, Brendan Garner, will skipper this one year old Beneteau 45 in her first Rolex Sydney Hobart outing. The shipwright has 30 years’ sailing experience and steered Senna to second in Division 2 of the Audi IRC Championship in January. In May, he drove Senna to line honours victory in the Apollo Bay Race to finish second overall in IRC. The yacht is also a regular at Beneteau events.
Senna’s star is on the ascent and her owner, JAM Architect director Chris Manton, realises the value his skipper brings to the yacht; Garner has twice won the Australian Fireball Championship, won the Australian SB3 Championship and is an accomplished Etchells sailor. He has also contested the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the past, inclusive of co-helming Morris Finance Cinquante to winning the Sydney 38 One-Design division in 2008. If the weather plays ball for the Beneteaus, Senna will be a serious contender.
|Skipper||Brendan Garner (5)|
|Sailing Master||Mathew Webb (1)|
|Crew||B OBrien (3), D Pickering (7), I Williamson (1), J Newman (8), J Smith (4), M Schilt (2), T Clark, J Hannah|
|Type||Beneteau First 45|