The Yachts

KLC Bengal 7

Category Placing
IRC 58
IRC - Div 1 11
Line Honours 21
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KLC Bengal 7 sailed from Japan to Sydney for both her Hobarts, finishing 12th overall in 2012, but retiring with main damage in 2015. Contested the 2016 China Sea Race and finished 10th overall. This Humphreys 54 has a hydraulic lifting keel. Formerly named Oystercatcher XXVIII, she claimed line and overall honours in the 2012 Okinawa-Tokai race, her maiden regatta. Gynaecologist, Yoshihiko Murase, runs the Kanayama Lady's Clinic in Japan, hence the KLC in her name. He competed in the 1991 and 1995 Melbourne Osaka two-handed race with his previous Bengal and contested six consecutive Transpacific Yacht Races since 2001. Crew remains the same as in 2015.


Competitor Details

Name KLC Bengal 7
Sail Number JPN4321
Owner Yoshihiko Murase
Skipper Yoshihiko Murase (2)
Sailing Master Yoichi Ito (2)
Crew Y Hirano (2), T Nakane (2), N Igei (2), Y Takagi (2), Y Yabe (1), Y Ando (2), T Hara (2), M Nagao (2), Y Arakawa (2), U Arakawa (2), T Mishima (2), F Furukawa (1)
State Japan
Type Humphreys 54
Designer Tom Humphreys
Builder Hakes Marine
Construction Carbon
LOA 16.5
Beam 4.4
Draft 3.5