Wots Next has recently been purchased by Charles Cupit and returned to Sydney from Tasmania. The Sydney 47 has a strong offshore history and Cupit raced her in the Flinders Islet Race to finish 20th under ORCi, then retired from the Newcastle Bass Island race, but bounced back to place ninth in the Cabbage Tree Island Race in November. He has been around the traps for a while with his Bavaria 45, Bedfordca Three C’s, last seen at Airlie Beach Race Week this year.
As Wot’s Next, the boat last went to Hobart in 2007 when owned by Graeme Wood, but was skippered by Bill Sykes (Wood raced his updated yacht), who took a crew of mainly CYCA Youth Academy sailors and finished 34th overall. Sykes took a similar crew to Hobart the previous year, placing 37th overall. In 2005, Wood, with Mike ‘Greeny’ Green as sailing master, sailed the boat to 10th overall to win Division D.
|Sailing Master||Shaun James (2)|
|Navigator||Bill Sykes (26)|
|Crew||S Hosking, M Dilweg, J Burke, T Dillon (1), O Court (2), J Allatt (3), M Riding (9), C Jansson, G Wallace|
|Designer||Murray Burns Dovell|