This is 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner, Victoire, renamed Oskana by her Tasmanian owner Michael Pritchard, who sailed her to 23rd in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, after a damaged mainsail required a stop to repair damage. He missed last year, instead taking line honours in the Melbourne to Hobart race. Touted as Tasmania’s fastest offshore yacht, Oskana took line honours for a second consecutive year in February’s Bruny Island Race. Pritchard formerly sailed his Beneteau First 45, Audere, to eighth in the 2014 race.
Brian McMaster chartered the then Victoire for the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart, finishing 10th, after the owner, Darryl Hodgkinson, retired from the 2015 race, when he broke ribs. In 2014, he finished 45th for second in Division O. Ray Roberts originally owned the yacht he named Evolution Racing, taking the line/overall double in the 2007 Sydney Gold Coast race and placed 17th for second in Division O in the 2009 race. Chris Bull bought and renamed her Jazz to finish second in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart, then fourth for a Division 0 win in 2011 and fourth for divisional third in in 2012. Oskana is a solid prospect to win the race.
|Skipper||Michael Pritchard (2)|
|Navigator||Jason Wilkie (2)|
|Crew||G Tuck (1), M Clougher (10), R Tuck, J McCullum (4), M Hutchinson (5), C Gibson, C Olive, J Saul (9), F van de Werken, P Copeland (5)|