Brand new TP52 for Matt Allen who off the bat took the double line and overall win in October’s Newcastle Bass Island Race, beating nearest rival Celestial (a TP52) over the line and overall by an hour. Was 15th in the Cabbage Tree Island Race, in which the 40 footers excelled. Allen, President of Australian Sailing, sailed his previous TP52, Ichi Ban (formerly Shogun V which he revamped), to fifth overall, second in Division and ORCI third overall in 1 in the 2016 Hobart after winning the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race overall by nearly six hours, resulting in second overall for Ichi Ban in the Blue Water Pointscore and won the 2017 Brisbane Gladstone race, also racking up wins and places with his Carkeek 60, also named Ichi Ban. This new Ichi Ban should be the standout in the current crop of TP52s in this year’s race, Allen having come so close victory in last year’s race.
New Ichi Ban benchmark for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 17 October 2017
|Yacht Name||Ichi Ban|
|Sailing Master||Gordon Maguire|
|Crew||A Merrington, C Kosecki, C Garnett, D Conigrave, J Corrie, J Rae, S O'Rourke, S Thomas, T Sellars, W Morgan (13), W Sykes, H Bethwaite|