The Yachts




Bruce Taylor sailed Chutzpah to 24th overall and second in Division 2 in 2016, after placing 18th overall, fifth in Division 3 and third in ORCi Division 2 in the 2015 Hobart after a heart-breaking second overall to Wild Rose by a little under 39 minutes in 2014 – but he did win Division 2. The Caprice 40’s other best Hobart results were fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2013. With previous Chutzpahs, Taylor’s best results were second in IMS Division 3 in 1994 (371 boats raced), sixth overall in 2001, fifth in 2002; third IRC and fourth IMS in 2003, plus a host of divisional wins and places.

From 1980 to 1984, the Victorian sailed the Hobart as crew for other owners. He missed 1985, but from 1986, has owned six yachts named Chutzpah, and has not missed a single Hobart since – that’s 31 straight. Taylor and son Drew are the only father/son in history to sail 25 Hobarts together and the relatively small crew can boast over 200 Hobarts between them! In Sailing on Drew and Joachim Isler’s Ambush, the Taylors finished second to Mascalzone Latino in October’s Hong Kong Vietnam Race. 


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chutzpah
Sail Number R33
Owner Bruce Taylor
Skipper Bruce Taylor (36)
Sailing Master Gavin Gourley (28)
Navigator Kingsley Piesse (35)
Crew O Boote, P Fletcher (28), J Permezel (25), P Sandles, I Taylor (14), B Anderson (6), A Taylor (25)
State VIC
Type Caprice 40
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder Hart Marine
Construction Carbon/GRP
LOA 12.35
Beam 3.787
Draft 2.68