Sam Haynes’ Celestial (formerly Wot Now/Shogun IV/Fomo) placed 16th overall and third in Division 1 last year, then was third overall in the 2017 Adelaide Port Lincoln race, 12th overall for second in Division 1 in the Sydney Gold Coast Race and won the Brisbane Keppel race. She placed third overall in the Flinders Islet Race, finishing inside record time, then second overall to the new Ichi Ban in the Newcastle Bass Island Race. Was the BWPS leader going into the Cabbage Tree Island Race, but it was dominated by the 40 footers, so dropped to third place, but there is little in it. Up to the Hobart, has been skippered by Sean Kirkjian as Haynes recovered from a cycling accident. In the 2015 Hobart, Celestial was 29th overall and third in Division 1 (her first Hobart with Haynes). As Wot Now, she was third overall in the 2008 Hobart, then as Shogun IV, was third in 2010, 15th in 2011 and ninth in 2012.
With his previous Celestial, a Rogers 46 which has since raced as The Goat and Smuggler, Haynes was second in the 2012 BWPS and took the trifecta of IRC, ORCi and PHS crowns in the 2014 BWPS - one of the closest on record, including winning the 2014 Sydney Gold Coast race and ending with 11th overall and second in Division 2 of the 2014 Hobart, following on from third overall in the 2013 race.
|Skipper||Sam Haynes (8)|
|Sailing Master||Sean Kirkjian (21)|
|Navigator||Duncan Rutherford (5)|
|Crew||S Francis (8), L Easey, J Smith (5), C Janes (7), T Grafton (16), L Hornsby (1), C Cecil (5), W Howard (14), N Holder (1), K Groves (4), D Meincke (16), A Minter|