- The Yachts
In Gweilo and her owners only second tilt at the Rolex Sydney Hobart, they finished second overall and second in Division 1 to Ichi Ban in 2019, with Wade Morgan skippering the TP52. This finish also gave them second in the 2019 Blue Water Pointscore. Gweilo (Cantonese slang for ‘white man’ or ‘ghost man’ - with the ghost livery to match) is the former Container/Calm 2/Viento II and was new to Australia and the Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2018, when Matt Donald and Chris Townsend sailed her to 22nd overall, with Sydney Hobart veteran, Mike Green, in the skipper’s chair.
The TP52 finished fourth overall in 2019’s Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and scored a trio of third places in the inaugural Brisbane Hamilton Island race, the Flinders Islet Race and Newcastle Bass Island Race. Won the 2019 Bird Island Race from Khaleesi and Ichi Ban. Finished third to InfoTrack and Black Jack in the 180nm Cabbage Tree Island Race in December 2019. In 2020, won the shortened Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, culminating in Donald and Townsend being crowned the CYCA Ocean Racing Yachtspersons of the Year. Placed third in the 2021 Port Hacking Race and fourth in November’s Flinders Islet Race, then followed up with second in the Bird Island Race and third in the Cabbage Tree Island Race. Hot to trot, she will give the TPs and the rest a run for their money.
|Owner||Matt Donald & Chris Townsend|
|Skipper||Matt Donald (2) / Chris Townsend (2)|
|Sailing Master||Peter Merrington (23)|
|Navigator||Andrea Green (9)|
|Crew||Adam Brown (33), Andrew Cribb (13), Ben Psaltis (3), Justin Mulkearns (8), Kyle Dodds (1), Nicolas Partridge (22), Simon Cunnington (8), Oliver Scott-Mackie (4), William Sykes (7), Rafa Trujillo (6)|