The Yachts

Oskana

This is 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner, Victoire, renamed Oskana by new Tasmanian owner Michael Pritchard, who sailed his Beneteau First 45, Audere, to eighth overall in the 2014 Hobart. He sailed Oskana from Sydney to Tasmania in April to prepare for the Hobart, taking line honours and finishing third overall in November’s Maria Island Race. Brian McMaster chartered Victoire for last year’s Hobart and finished 10th overall, while then owner, Darryl Hodgkinson retired her from the 2015 Hobart after breaking his ribs in big seas. In 2014, he finished 45th overall for second in Division O after winning the 2014 Gosford Lord Howe race.

Ray Roberts originally owned the yacht he named Evolution Racing, taking the line and overall double in the 2007 Sydney Gold Coast Race and placed 17th overall for second in Division O behind line honours victor, Alfa Romeo, in the 2009 Hobart. Chris Bull bought and renamed her Jazz and finished second overall and won ORCi in the 2010 Hobart, fourth overall for first in IRC Division 0 in 2011 and fourth overall for divisional third in in 2012. This is a productive boat, which is why Orthopaedic surgeon, Pritchard, bought it.

 

Competitor Details

Name Oskana
Sail Number AUS5299
Owner Michael Pritchard
Sailing Master Michael Viney & Michael Hutchinson (4)
Navigator Jason Wilkie
Crew M Clougher (3), J Mccullum, S Tiedemann, P Copeland (3), C Langham, S Beltz, D Watson (17)
State TAS
Club DSS/RYCT
Type Cookson 50
Designer Farr
Builder Cookson Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 15.2
Beam 4.3
Draft 3.5