Alan Saunders purchased Ninety Seven in September 2006 and brought her back from Fremantle to Melbourne's Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Ninety Seven took line honours in the 1993 Sydney Hobart, the smallest boat in 45 years to achieve this result. Ninety Seven has achieved some good Rolex Sydney Hobart results including 1st overall (IMS) in 1994, 4th overall (IMS) in 2000 and 2nd overall (IMS) in 2001.
Since 2006, after being optimized for IRC, Ninety Seven has competed in every ocean race out of Melbourne taking line honours in the Melbourne to Port Fairy race just outside race record time. Ninety Seven is ready for another Rolex Sydney Hobart having completed a Melbourne to Hobart via the East Coast in 2007 and via the West Coast in 2008.
|Yacht Name||Ninety Seven|
|Sail Number||B 9797|
|Skipper||Alan Saunders (1)|
|Crew||N May (2), N Rose (2), D Bayliss, R Brown (2), J Donati (11), M Fahey, S Gladman, M Godinho, K Shrank, J Weatherly, N White, J Whiteside (2)|
|Club||Royal Brighton Yacht Club Victoria|
|Designer||Farr Yacht Design|