Wizard is the newly rebadged Giacomo – winner of the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart, after finishing an incredible second on line to Perpetual Loyal, one of three boats to finish inside Wild Oats XI’s 2012 record, leaving two super maxis in her wake when owned by winemaker Jim Delegat. The New Zealander also raced her in the 2013 (finished sixth on line and 22nd overall) and 2014 (dismasted off Tasmania) Hobarts. While in Sydney in 2016, she took line honours in the Flinders Islet, Bird Island and Newcastle Bass Island races, a portent of things to come. Just after purchasing Groupama 4, winner of the 2011-2012 VOR, Delegat took monohull line honours and won overall the 2015 Coastal Classic and won, line, IRC and PHS in the 2016 Sail Fiji Race.
With their Reichel/Pugh 74 of the same name, the Askews broke the Key West Race monohull record in January, took line honours in the Pineapple Montego Bay Race in February and scored victory in the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac in July. Wizard’s sailing master is Chris Larson, a champion across America’s Cup (including coaching the Mascalzone Latino crew), VOR, Admiral’s Cup, one-design, match racing and offshore events, counting world titles in a variety of classes, and was named 1997 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.
|Owner||David & Peter Askew|
|Skipper||Peter & David Askew|
|Crew||R Clarke (4), M White (14), C McAsey, P Trinter, R Bearda (11), M Parker (5), B Jenkins, R Keenan (18), R McGarvie (11), N Drennan (31), D Miller (1), C Larson (1), R Steitz (3)|
|Construction||Carbon / Nomex|