The Yachts


Category Placing
IRC 46
IRC - Div 2 8
Corinthian 18
Line Honours 33
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Well-sailed by Joseph Earl on behalf of Olympian owner Dave Forbes, Merlin, sporting new sails, finished 25th overall and second in Division 2 in last year’s race. The sails proved a boon from the outset in earlier races. Merlin finished 16th overall and fourth in Division 2 of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart and was the best overall performed boat over 50 feet. In her other three Hobarts, she finished 17th overall and eighth in Division A in 2003, retired (along with nearly half the fleet) from the difficult 2004 race, and finished 14th overall and second in Division C in 2006. Merlin placed sixth in November’s Cabbage Tree Island Race.


Competitor Details

Name Merlin
Sail Number 93
Owner David Forbes
Skipper Joseph Earl (8)
Sailing Master Richard Brooks (9)
Navigator Richard Brooks (9)
Crew D Ryan, C Thornton (8), C Heenan (1), A Briscoe (1), P Corben (12), P Smith, C Casey, A Cameron (2), M Heenan (20)
State NSW
Type Kaiko 52
Designer Forbes/Kaiko
Builder McConaughy Boats
Construction HVYCORE
LOA 15.6
Beam 4.0
Draft 3.1