Koa last went to Hobart in 2019 and placed 95th overall, not her usual standard. She was 26th in 2018, 14th in 2017 and retired in 2016 with a broken starter motor – her second retirement in a row. She scored 24th in the 2022 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and eighth in the Flinders Islet Race. Peter Wrigley and Andy Kearnan took their TP52 to the treble in the 2017 Flinders Islet Race, breaking Loki’s seven-year-old conventional yacht record. The two bought Koa, formerly known as Sjambok/Lucky, in 2015 after she had won the 2010 Middle Sea Race and placed second in the 2014 China Sea Race. KOA will have a great battle with the record number of TP52s in the race.
|Owner||Peter Wrigley & Andrew Kearnan|
|Skipper||Andy Kearnan (5)/Peter Wrigley (6)|
|Navigator||Nicole Butcher (5)|
|Crew||Jessica Angus (1), Adam Cameron (3), Robert Carlile (16), Scott Clarkson (7), Brad Dodds (1), Stuart Holdsworth (21), Simon Hunter (9), Josh Marks, Emma May (6), Warren Miller (15), Chris Way (2), Edwin Wray (1)|