The Yachts

Challenger of Hornet

Challenger of Hornet


Challenger of Hornet is one of three yachts crewed by members of Her Majesty’s armed forces.  Representing the Army, Challenger of Hornet will be skippered by Darren ‘Windy’ Gale and will be competing against Adventure of Hornet (Navy) and Discoverer of Hornet (Air Force) for the Oggin Cup.

The UK Ministry of Defence acquired four of the Challenge 67 yachts to enable the Services to undertake ocean voyages. The Rolex Sydney Hobart is the sixth race in a thirteen stage sail training ‘Exercise TRANSGLOBE’ that commenced in July in which all three yachts are undertaking.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Challenger of Hornet
Sail Number GBR7803T
Skipper Darren Gale
Crew J West, D. Gale, T. Causer, E Lilyman, D Hoy, R Greener, G Iles, P Lewis, R Simpson, M Smith, B Seely, D Boyce, J Townsend-Rose, P. Jennings,
State UK
Club ASA
Type Challenge
Designer Devonport Yachts
Builder Devonport Yachts
Construction Steel
LOA 20.42
Beam 5.26
Draft 3.00