Paul Mara has chartered Helsal III from Rob Fisher this year and will sail her with assembled a mixture of local and international crew under the burgee of Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the Rolex Sydney Hobart finishing partner.
Skipper Paul Jackson comes from Bishops Lydeard a small English Village, and will be competing against Helen Cook who is onboard Team Garmin, one of the 12 Clipper 70s, who is from the same village and was at school with Paul’s daughters.
It’s a multi-national team onboard that includes the British Wild Spirit team with eight Fastnet veterans and several Round Ireland bringing a unique blend of age experience and immaturity.
Helsal III, originally Arthur Bloore’s The Office, was raced with success in the late 1980s and early 1990s out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, when Dr Tony Fisher and his family lived in Sydney. Fisher broke his own record for the Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race and scored line and handicap double in the Sydney Mooloolaba Race. Rob Fisher sailed her to 31st on line and PHS ninth overall from 16 boats in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. A heavy 29 year-old, Helsal III is at her best in heavy conditions.
|Yacht Name||Helsal 3|
|Skipper||Paul Jackson (3)|
|Crew||P Mara (1), B Garrod (1), P Walker (1), Dollison (1), C Ledden, K Johnson (1), L Maciejewski, M Raleigh, P Love-Williams, S Marsland, Z Leffler, K George, B Baker (1), S Zuehlke, A Leslie (1)|