Koa (Hawaiian for ‘strong warrior’) retired with a broken starter motor last year – her second retirement in a row, not living up to her original name of ‘Lucky’. She was 21st overall and fifth in Division 1 in the 2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and lifted to remarkably to take the treble in the Flinders Islet Race, breaking Loki’s seven year-old record. In October she finished seventh in the Newcastle Bass Island Race and then 13th in the Cabbage Tree Island Race, best of the TP52s. Peter Wrigley and Andy Kearnan bought the boat in 2015. She had won the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race and was second in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race. They finished second to Ichi Ban in the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race. Drew Wrigley joins his dad Peter for their second Hobart together.
|Owner||Peter Wrigley & Andrew Kearnan|
|Skipper||Andrew Kearnan & Peter Wrigley|
|Sailing Master||Richard Howard|
|Navigator||Andrea Green & Richard Grimes|
|Crew||D McPhee (10), D Wrigley, G Van Dijk, G Telford (14), M Hewitt-Park (8), P Williams, R Bridge, T May, W Miller, A Sayers (1)|