The Yachts

Southern Excellence

Southern Excellence


In 2010, Andrew Wenham purchased the original djuice Dragons, which had gone on to have a variety of owners and name changes. Wenham renamed her Southern Excellence and gave the Volvo 60 an extensive refurbishment, which worked wonders, as they finished second overall in PHS in last year's Hobart race with a Division 1 win. Wenham took her in the 2012 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and scored second again after finishing 10th on line. He is currently contesting the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Series in order to prepare the boat and crew for the challenge ahead.

As djuice Dragons, the boat took line and PHS honours and set a new course record during the 2006 Gosford to Lord Howe Race, and returned in 2007 to claim line honours again - a feat the older Merit, one of three VOR60's in the race, achieved in the early 2000's. Under her previous owner, Wenham's yacht also scored line honours victory in the 2007 Melbourne to Vanuatu race for which it also holds the race record.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Southern Excellence
Sail Number NOR2
Owner Andrew Wenham
Skipper Andrew Wenham (6)
Sailing Master David Burt (3)
Crew A Burt (3), D Wenham (2), D Hogben (4), B Swane (1), G Schwass (15), H Green (1), M Lewkovitz (2), M Tyrrell (2), P Meakins (1), R Burns (2), I Broad, S Taylor (2)
State NSW
Type Volvo 60
Designer Davidson
Builder Cookson
Construction Composite
LOA 19.5m
Beam 5.4m
Draft 4m