- The Yachts
Having sold Comanche after a stellar run, including the standing race record, Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant return with the former Ericsson3/Maserati, renamed Willow for the Australian Technology Company Cooney is a board member of. Skippered by Cooney, this Volvo Open 70 finished sixth on line and seventh overall in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart – the last big boat to finish before the breeze shut down. In 2019, he chartered the yacht to Polish sailors, who finished 12th over line. Cooney and Samantha Grant bought the boat in 2016, after legendary Italian Giovani Soldini raced her as Maserati to fourth on line and 22nd overall in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart. If it is a traditional hard race, Willow could do well over the line and overall. A star cast covers America’s Cup winners, Olympic campaigners, Volvo Ocean Race competitors and World Champions.
|Skipper||Jim Cooney (10)|
|Navigator||Andrew Cape (19)|
|Crew||David Burt (9), Douglas Cooney, James Cooney (4), David Gilmour (1), Samantha Grant (2), Edward Hackney (1), Robbie Kane, Josh McKnight, Joey Newton, Corrado Rossignoli (1), Timothy Sellars (15), Martin Stromberg, Daryl Wislang (5)|
|Designer||Juan Kouyoumdjian (Arg)|