Ariel finished 21st overall and third in Division 3 last year and went on to finish third overall, second in Division 3 and third overall in ORCi in the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race. She missed the 2015 Hobart, making this her fifth race south. Ron Forster and Phil Damp were thrilled to finish third overall in the 2014 Hobart after finishing 29th in 2013 and 28th in 2012. Forster sailed his first Hobart 36 years ago and is currently doing the Blue Water Pointscore in preparation. Ariel will be a strong contender if the weather favours the smaller boats.
|Skipper||Ron Forster (5), Philip Damp (5)|
|Navigator||Angus Pickering (2)|
|Crew||J Forster, J Naylor (9), E Kerin (1), J Buis (2), C Dagger (1), M Lewkovitz, M Gentry|
|Type||Beneteau First 40|