The Yachts




Chutzpah’s perennial crew have at least 240 Hobarts between them (bolstered by owner Bruce Taylor’s 40) and 22 divisional places, inclusive of six wins. Chutzpah placed 11th and won Division 2 last year. The R/P 40 was 50th in the 2019 race and 16th for divisional second in 2018. She won the 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast after placing eighth for third in division of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart and was second in division in 2016, after placing 18th in the 2015 race. These followed a painful second to Wild Rose by a little under 39 minutes in 2014 – with another divisional win. Other best results were fourth overall in 2007 and fifth in 2013.

With previous Chutzpahs, Taylor’s other best results were second overall in 1990 and ninth in 1994 for second in IMS Division (371 boats raced), while sixth in 2001. Since 1986, he has owned six offshore Chutzpahs and has clocked up 35 straight Hobarts. Taylor and son Drew are the only father/son combination in history to sail 28 Hobarts together and are unlikely to be superseded. Many would love to see Taylor and crew win the race.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chutzpah
Sail Number R33
Owner Bruce Taylor
Skipper Bruce Taylor (40)
Navigator Kingsley Piesse (38)
Crew Lincoln Attersall (5), Peter Fletcher (34), Gavin Gourley (34), James Permezel (34), Paul Sandles (20), Drew Taylor (28), Ian Taylor (20), David Watson (3)
State VIC
Club Royal Yacht Club of Victoria
Type Caprice 40
Designer Reichel/Pugh (USA)
Builder Hart Marine
Construction Carbon/GRP
LOA 12.35
Beam 3.79
Draft 2.7