The Yachts


Category Placing
IRC 58
IRC - Div 3 13
ORCi 42
ORCi - Div 4 11
Corinthian 19
Line Honours 59
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Avalanche is a unique yacht designed and built in 2015 by Robert Hick to fulfil dreams. The original owners came up with the concept after completing the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and went searching for the ultimate prize. In her first offshore race since 2015, Avalanche took line honours in trying conditions in this year’s Melbourne to Stanley with placings in IRC, AMS and PHS. Avalanche is a well-prepared and presented race boat with a great mix of experienced and enthusiastic crew who have great respect for the elements and opposition but intend to test both by being prepared, thorough and resolute.


Competitor Details

Name Avalanche
Sail Number SM400
Owner Gary Fisher, Andrew McGrath, Chris Auger
Skipper Andrew McGrath
Navigator Chris Webster (15)
Crew Peter Baker, Mark Adams, Ben Thompson (1), Chris Auger, Lawson Shaw, David Richards (1), Robert Buchanan (5), David Sturge (3)
State VIC
Club SYC
Type Hick 40
Designer Robert Hick
Builder Robert Hick
Construction GRP
LOA 12.3
Beam 4.1
Draft 2.5