David Hows did two Sydney Hobarts with his former yacht, Ocean Gem, before buying Silver Fern, a robust 30-ton steel yacht. She was originally built as a Birdsall 60 in 1981, before being redesigned by Brett Bakewell-White, extended to 72ft and relaunched in 2004 and spent 2005-2016 circumnavigating the globe, visiting over 70 countries. Buying the yacht in 2020, Hows is prepared for her next chapter as a comfortable but competitive and strong ocean racing and expedition yacht. Similar to Salt Lines in many respects, the two will likely keep each other company throughout the race.
|Yacht Name||Silver Fern|
|Skipper||David Hows (2)|
|Crew||Simon Alexander, Kester Crellin, John Geange, Sergej Gratchev, Taku Hewitt, Rob Holdsworth, Kris Hook, Alex Lomakin, Kenton Shaw, Mark Stevens, John Tisdell, Lena Wilderang, Timothy Wolff|