Since launching the latest Midnight Rambler mid-2011, Psaltis, Thomas and Bencsik, who won the storm ravaged 1998 Sydney Hobart race with a Hick 35, AFR Midnight Rambler, have scored various podium finishes. They include second overall in this year’s Gosford Lord Howe Island Yacht Race; second in IRC Division 2 in last year’s Hobart; third in the CYCA’s 2012-2013 Blue Water Pointscore Series, second in the Cape Byron Series (ORCi division of the BWPS) and second in IRC and PHS of the 2012/2013 Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore Series.
The trio, whose crew is a well-melded one with many regulars, has added a new sail wardrobe to help lift the boat’s light-wind performance. With four races complete, Midnight Rambler is sixth in the CYCA’s 2013-2014 BWPS.
Between them, the owners and their crew have 120 Hobart races under their belts. They are hoping for a weather pattern to suit as they chase a second overall win in the annual blue water classic.
As well as their Hobart victory, Psaltis and Thomas have won every offshore race on the east coast including the Gosford Lord Howe Island and Sydney Mooloolaba races twice, and finally succeeded in winning the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in 2009 with a former Midnight Rambler (a modified Farr 40), having previously won their division three times.
|Yacht Name||Midnight Rambler|
|Skipper||Ed Psaltis (33)|
|Navigator||Bob Thomas (25)|
|Crew||A Psaltis (13), C Rockell (15), G Livingstone (5), M Bencsik (17), N Harrington (2), T Baker (9), W Howard (11), J Christian (5)|
|Designer||Ker Yacht Design|