The Yachts




Although he has come close, this will be Bruce Taylor's 32nd attempt to win the race that has so far eluded him, son Drew, who has sailed every one of his 20 races with Bruce, flying in from Hong Kong each year - and pretty much Taylor's entire crew, four of whom have serious Hobart longevity behind them. The yachtsman will never know what might have been, had he not sold his Hick 35 to Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas, who won the fatal 1998 race the same year, while Taylor, had to retire his new yacht from the race 

This is Taylor's sixthChutzpah, a Reichel/Pugh Caprice 40 built by Mal Hart, a builder of note from Victoria. In her first Rolex Sydney Yacht in 2007,Chutzpahwon Division C and placed fourth overall and in 2008 scored another IRC 2 Division win, with a 2009 and 2010 third in division.

In his 31 years of competing in the ocean classic, the Victorian dentist has notched up a second and third overall, and an amazing 10 divisional wins. The team would love to deliver this affable dentist an overall win in the famous blue water classic.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chutzpah
Sail Number R33
Owner Bruce Taylor
Skipper Bruce Taylor (31)
Navigator Kingsley Piesse (28)
Crew A Taylor (20), G Gourley (25), J Permezel (22), M Bagley (4), P Sandles (12), P Fletcher (25), P Crinion,
State VIC
Type Caprice 40
Designer Reichel/Pugh (USA)
Builder Hart Marine
Construction Carbon/GRP
LOA 12.35
Draft 2.68