Late in 2015 Peter Wrigley and Andy Kearnan bought the former Lucky, winner of the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race and second placegetter in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race. They retired with steering damage from the renamed Koa’s (Hawaiian for ‘strong warrior’) first Hobart, but Koa was third in Division 1 at the Sydney Harbour Regatta, finished fifth at the 2016 NSW IRC Championship and second overall to Ichi Ban in the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race.
Matt (31) and Drew Wrigley (26) will join their father for the 2016 Hobart - Matt’s second, Drew’s first. Kearnan and Wrigley have raced individual yachts for years. Wrigley won Division 2 in the 2011 Hobart with Vamp, while Kearnan was third in Division 3 of the 2015 Sydney Gold Coast race, fourth overall and second in Division the previous year and won Division 2 of the 2013 CYCA Trophy Rating Series. After December’s Bird Island Race, was perched in third place in the BWPS, staving off challenges from a number in the hot TP52 fleet.
|Owner||Peter Wrigley & Andrew Kearnan|
|Skipper||Andy Kearnan & Peter Wrigley|
|Sailing Master||Richard Grimes|
|Crew||M Hewitt-Park (8), T May (1), M Wrigley, D Wrigley, W Miller, R Howard, J McCrudden (1), T Poulson, P Williams (15), G Van Dijk (12), A OBrien|