A near-new boat, this will be Mister Lucky’s first Sydney Hobart experience. Mark Hipgrave, a keen solo sailor, purchased the yacht in the UK specifically for that purpose after competing in the 2014 Solo Trans-Tasman race (from New Plymouth, New Zealand to Mooloolaba, Queensland). It gave him the confidence to consider the greater challenge of the 2018 Melbourne Osaka double-handed yacht race, which he has entered, along with other competitors in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart which he will do with five fellow solo sailor friends from the UK, and his son Alex. Hipgrave finished 13th overall in the inaugural Round the (Fastnet) Rock Race in 2016, from which more than half the fleet retired. For solo Corinthian sailors only, the course takes participants from Central Solent to Plymouth via Fastnet lighthouse.
|Skipper||Mark Hipgrave (5)|
|Sailing Master||Nigel Colley|
|Crew||R Craigie, P Brant, I Hoddle, A Hipgrave|
|Type||Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600|
|Designer||Andrieu Yacht Design|