Ron Forster and Phil Damp last headed south with Ariel in 2017 and placed 34th overall to win Division 3. The previous year she finished 21st overall and third in Division 3 ahead of placing third overall, second in Division 3 and third overall in ORCi in the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race. Forster and Damp were thrilled to finish third overall in the 2014 Hobart after finishing 29th in 2013 and 28th in 2012. The Ariel crew is, as is usual, limbering up in the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore ahead of the main event. In early November, they placed 14th overall and second in Division 2 of the Flinders Islet Race. Ariel will be a strong contender if the weather is favourable.
|Owner||Ron Forster / Phil Damp|
|Skipper||Ron Forster (6)|
|Navigator||John Naylor (8)|
|Crew||Craig Bathie (2), Edward Prideaux (1), Jensen Penney (4), Luke Derwent, Mark Lewkovitz (1), Mathew Short (10), Nathan Stanaway, Piers Harris|
|Type||Beneteau First 40|