The Yachts


Category Placing
PHS - Div 2 3
Corinthian 6
Line Honours 79
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Takani finished PHS seventh overall in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Making it special was two daughter’s racing with their dads; owner James Whittle with his 20 year-old daughter Taylah after she contested her first in 2014. Navigator, Bill Ratcliff, contested his 48th with daughter Katrina aboard for her first race south and the two are together again this year and plan to do Bill’s 50th together in 2018. The Hanse 495 finished the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race PHS second overall. In her maiden Sydney Hobart in 2014, Takani was PHS 12th, but retired in 2015 with rudder damage. She came into Debbie and Jim Whittle’s lives in 2012 and named for their children; Taylah, Kasey and Nicholas. Jim celebrates his 53rd birthday on Boxing Day. A blow won’t hurt this boat.


Competitor Details

Name Takani
Sail Number 6891
Owner James Whittle
Skipper James Whittle (3)
Navigator Stephen Prince (3)/Bill Ratcliff (48)
Crew P Townend (2), R Moore (28), M Ryan (2), D Salter (10), K Ratcliff (2)
State NSW
Type Hanse 495
Designer Judel Vrolijk
Builder Hanse Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 15.4
Beam 4.8
Draft 2.4