This is the first time to the Rolex Sydney Hobart start line for Esprit, a Wauquiez C45 design from France. However, it is not a first for her owner, ex-army colonel Rod West, who contested the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart with a Beneteau First 44.7, Another Painkiller, which won him the 2019 Southport Yacht Club Offshore Club Champion title. They finished the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart 87th after placing 60th in 2017. Otherwise, West usually confines racing to his home club where the yachtsman is known as a consistently solid performer.
|Skipper||Rod West (7)|
|Navigator||Graham Costello (4)|
|Crew||Rohan Birch (2), Robert Brooks (2), Darren Keil, Sheree Lavender, Christopher Leahy (1), Chris Mazur (4), Rob Wibaux (1), Carla Williams, Brent Young|