The Yachts




This will be Rolex Sydney Hobart number five for ex Wallabies winger, Mick Martin, who played professionally in the early eighties and has since made a successful transition to sailing. He purchased the former Strewth last year and retired from the 2012 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race after breaking the boom. Her Hobart campaign the same year resulted in a 41st overall, ninth in IRC Division 1 and 11th in ORCi Division 1.

The Lake Macquarie yachtsman, who has been campaigning Frantic in the new TP52 Southern Cross Cup Series, had his first taste of major success this year, winning the Gosford-Lord Howe Island race overall. Entering the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore in preparation of the 628 nautical mile Hobart race, he placed 24th overall in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July, resulting in a Division 1 fourth and ninth in ORCi Division 1. Scored 11th and 12th in the ensuing two races of the series – all three were light weather affairs, not suited to this heavier TP52, which is built to handle harsher conditions. Martin was forced to retire from the heavy weather Cabbage Tree Island race in November, which now has him down the leaderboard in 12th position in the BWPS. Finished eighth in IRC Racing at yet another light weather affair, the 2013 Airlie Beach Race Week in August.

Prior to buying the TP52, Martin owned the Sayer 40, LMR Solar/Frantic, before getting hit with the serious sailing bug.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Frantic
Sail Number GBR5211L
Owner Michael Martin
Skipper Michael Martin (5)
Navigator Adrian Johnson (1)
Crew B Leask (5), B Davies (4), D Hull (3), G Waterson (4), J Roberts (5), K Saladine (8), R Campbell (2), R Epstein (1), S Hunter (2), A Jenkin, M Dean (3)
State NSW
Type TP52 Donovan
Designer James Donovan
Builder ML Boat Works
Construction Carbon Fibre
LOA 15.9
Beam 4.2
Draft 3.3