Perpetual Loyal is back, following her early demise from the last two Hobarts – last year with rudder damage and 2014 after hitting an unidentified object. Hard for Anthony Bell and crew, who finished the 2013 race second on line. Bell did take line honours in the 2015 Sydney Gold Coast Race. Boat has had major surgery this year, so who knows what will be given there are four modified 100 footers in the race. Perpetual Loyal is the former Speedboat and Rambler. She was slated ‘the fastest super maxi in the world’, but has yet to prove it in Australia. Once again, there will be a sprinkling of celebrities to help Bell’s Loyal Foundation, which raises funds for child charities such as the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. With his previous super maxi, Loyal, Bell caused an upset, defeating Wild Oats XI for line honours in the 2011 Hobart – his first.
|Yacht Name||Perpetual LOYAL|
|Sail Number||SYD 1000|
|Skipper||Tom Slingsby (2) & Anthony Bell (6)|
|Sailing Master||Tony Mutter (3)|
|Crew||P Arrarte (1), R Sutherland (1), B Kellett (23), J Clougher (12), E Molan, A Mons, M Parker (5), T Oxley (12), J Flannery (12), N Dana (1), C Nicholson (6), P Caligeros (17), J Akacich (18), A Pratt (20), C Maxted (4), J Winning (2)|
|Designer||Juan Kouyoumdjian, Argentina|