The Yachts


Category Placing
IRC 11
IRC - Div 1 6
Line Honours 18
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Gordon Ketelbey, an avid one-design sailor, joined the TP52 class with his latest Zen, purchased in 2018 out of Europe. He retired on the first night of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, after enduring rig damage. Since then, Zen has been pushing the top TP52s at various regattas and finished seventh overall in the 2019 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Race and second in the Flinders Islet Race. Zen also won the NSW IRC Championships in Port Stephens this year in a hotly contested regatta against Hooligan. The Middle Harbour yachtsman raced Sydney 38s in previous Hobarts, the last one, Zen, in 2014, and before that Wadadli. Best result was fifth overall for third in Division 3 in 2014. He also won the Sydney 38 Division in 2013. Ketelbey more recently co-owned and skippered the Cookson 12, Philosophers, to 50th in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart. An impressive crew could see Zen take the cigar. Courteous of various owners, Zen was previously known as: Synergy/Rio/Sled/Sorcha.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Zen
Sail Number 52001
Owner Gordon Ketelbey
Skipper Gordon Ketelbey (10)
Navigator Tom Barker (13)
Crew S Kirkjian (22), D Williams (9), M Langford (2), S Guanaria (12), T Austin (5), B Austin (2), T Powell (18), M Connolly, M Daniels, N Workman, J Skelton
State NSW
Type TP52
Designer Botin
Builder Synergy Team
Construction Carbon
LOA 15.85
Beam 4.42
Draft 3.35