This is the latest in toys for Ian Box, a past commodore of Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Toybox 2 is the latest from Niels Jeppesen's X yachts in Denmark and features non-over lapping headsails and a lot of carbon; and replaces Box's 11 year-old X442, which he has happily raced to inshore and offshore wins and places.
The new boat arrived in Sydney on September 4, Box's wife's birthday, which he considers a good omen. Box decided it was time he got with the times, and bought this yacht which is specifically designed for IRC racing. Pre Rolex Sydney Hobart, Box and his crew of regulars from his previous yacht had done a couple of club races and at the time of writing, were gearing up for the Sydney Short Ocean Championship and some of the CYCA's Ocean Pointscore Series races.
Because he has not contested the Rolex Sydney Hobart since 2006 and as the yacht is so new and different to his previous charge, owner and crew are down to ironing out the last wrinkles and preparing for the 628 nautical mile race ahead. Box is most enjoying not having overlapping headsails and getting more drive out of the main.
|Yacht Name||Toybox 2|
|Skipper||Ian Box (1)|
|Navigator||John Hearne (9)|
|Crew||B King (1), R Clarke (1), M Brett, B Newton, R Parrott, J Morgan, S Phillips (1), P Ward (4), S Marshall (1)|