This is the former Pretty Fly III and Ubox, purchased in 2019 by veteran Victorian yachtie, Paul Buchholz, who steered her to 105th in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart, still learning how to sail his latest acquisition. Before that 75th race, she last pointed south as Ubox in 2016 with her then Chinese owner, Bin Wang, and finished a brilliant third overall; aboard were Chinese crew and some famous offshore names, including Charles Caudrelier. As Pretty Fly III, her best result from six races was fourth in 2010. Now that Buchholz has a better handle on this great canting Cookson 50 design, his results will improve.
Buchholz’s former Extasea was a DK46 that he sailed to 44th overall in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart and had a best result of 17th in 2010. These seasoned Victorians won every local offshore race over a 13 year period with the DK46, culminating in winning the ORCV Offshore Championship four times. In 2015, they took line honours in the Melbourne Hobart race for the fourth time (between 2011 and 2015), excluding 2014, when Buchholz contested the Rolex Sydney Hobart and finished 29th overall.
|Skipper||Paul Buchholz (10)|
|Sailing Master||Simon Hunter (4)|
|Navigator||Tim Holzer (3)|
|Crew||Jasmine Tozer (2), Jason Hegert, Dale Laurie (2), James Prascevic, Mick Doherty, Robert Nelson (2), James Hannah, Dustin Popp, Jason Lane (1), James Christensen, Megan deLange|
|Club||Royal Geelong Yacht Club|
|Designer||Bruce Farr (NZ)|