Charisma will be the first Spanish yacht ever to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Starting in 2007 with the Rolex Fastnet Race, Charisma began a journey to complete a round-the-world trip, competing in key offshore yacht races along the way. She finished 19th overall in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and in 2008 made her way stateside to contest the Newport to Bermuda Race, where she placed fourth in St David’s Division Class 7 (Best Corrected time). On her way to Australia, Charisma competed in this year's Transpac finishing first in Division 7, and is now ready to tackle the ‘Mount Everest of ocean racing’, the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Owner Alejandro Pérez Calzada is optimistic about his boat’s chances. “We have high hopes for Charisma's performance in this tough ocean race. She is a well campaigned yacht and we would like to achieve a good result in our division,” said Calzada.
Link here to an interview with the owner (in Spanish):
|Owner||Alejandro Perez Calzada|
|Crew||M Doreste, F Aranda, C Grutte, A Lopez-Doriga, A Mir, C Sanmarti, F Souviron, J Manuel Valades, J Luis Wood, D Wood, A. Perez, A. Serra, R. Alvaro- Irala, F. Sticovich, A. Guillermo.|
|Club||Real Club Nautico Barcelona|
|Type||S & S 57|
|Designer||Sparkman & Stephens|
|Builder||Palmer & Johnson|