The Yachts




This sturdy Davidson 34 will be minus experienced co-owner Kim Jaggar this year. Instead Travis Read will guide Illusion for a second time since he and Jaggar purchased the yacht in time for last year’s race. Illusion won the 1988 Hobart with original owner, Gino Knezic of Victoria, and is among the smaller winners of the race.

With her current owners, Illusion finished fourth in IRC Division 4 in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart and sixth in the CYCA’s 2012-2013 Blue Water Pointscore Series.In the current BWPS, it is 11th  after the completion of five races, her best result being second in the Flinders Islet Race in September. Read can also count third in division as crew for Phil Molony’s Papillon in the 2011 Hobart race.

Designed to the now defunct IOR rule, she also performs well under IRC. The proof was 23rd overall and fourth in Division 4 in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart in which they had two solid southerly stages. A nice hard blow on the nose with regularity will suit this yacht’s temperament – and we are overdue for one.



Competitor Details

Yacht Name Illusion
Sail Number 5356
Owner Kim Jaggar & Travis Read
Skipper Travis Read (4)
Crew G Nosworthy (5), M Butler (4), B Morgan (3), W Pan, B Charrez, J Jankowski, B Clifton
State NSW
Type Davidson 34
Designer Laurie Davidson
Builder K. Jago
Construction GRP
LOA 10.3
Beam 3.5
Draft 2.5