The Yachts


Category Placing
IRC 51
IRC - Div 2 11
ORCi 38
ORCi - Div 3 11
Corinthian 19
Line Honours 52
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Quest was designed to the IMS rule for Bob Steel. Purchased by Ian Coward in 2014 after following the boat’s early triumphs, Quest finished the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race 45th overall. Ian, who has raced seven Hobarts, will not be aboard (he will meet the boat in Hobart), but three of his six children will – sons Bill and Richard, and son Sam. Rest of the crew is made up of friends and sailing mates. Quest won at 1995 Hamilton Island, won the Telstra Cup and was second in the Hobart, won the 1996 Sydney Mooloolaba and the Kenwood Cup, with team mates, Ausmaid and Ragamuffin, but broke her rig in the 1996 Hobart. Was chartered by Mike Broughton, finishing 23rd overall in the 1997 Hobart. Kevin Miller bought her and finished fourth overall in the 1998 Hobart as Industrial Quest. In 2012, a former Steel crew, Tom Braidwood, found the boat decaying, so bought and repaired her.


Competitor Details

Name Quest
Sail Number 9090
Owner Ian Coward
Skipper John 'Jugz' Moody (4)
Navigator Steve North
Crew S Coward, R Coward, B Coward (3), D Walker (6), P Lincoln, H Cowlishaw (1), J Nibbs (12), M Hampe, G Raithel (1)
State QLD
Type Nelson Marek 43
Builder Carrol Marine
Construction G.R.P
LOA 13.1
Beam 3.8
Draft 3.0