The Yachts




Earlier this year, 31 Hobarts race veteran, Kim Jaggar, and Travis Read have purchased the 1998 Hobart winner, among the smallest yachts to win the race at 34 feet for her original owner, Gino Knezic from Melbourne. At the time, she was only the second Victorian yacht to win the race, which that year was a rugged one, so it proves the Davidson 34 can stand up to the rigours of arguably the toughest ocean race in the world. Although the yacht was designed to the old IOR rule, she performs well under IRC. 

Illusion returned to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after a 21 year hiatus in 2010, under second owner, Jonathon Stone, and was the fourth last boat to cross the finish line and finished fifth in her division. He sailed her south again last year, but retired. Expect good things if conditions are favourable for the smaller yachts; Jaggar is an experienced and competent ocean racing helmsman. The high school principal competed aboardPapillonin the last three Hobarts, finishing 19th overall and third in Division 3 last year.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Illusion
Sail Number 5356
Owner Kim Jaggar & Travis Read
Skipper Kim Jaggar (31) & Travis Read (3)
Crew A Lawrence (7), G Healy (9), J Whitfeld (18), P Walker, M Butler (3),
State NSW
Type Davidson 34
Designer Laurie Davidson
Builder K. Jago
Construction GRP
LOA 10.3
Beam 3.5
Draft 2.5