Z7 is a Beneteau First 45 recently bought by Laurie McAllister. She was last known as Highly Sprung (Mark Spring) and placed eighth to win Division 3 in last year’s race and was 44th in 2019. Before that, she contested her first Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2008, her then- owner, a Frenchman placing 37th. Paul Clitheroe bought her and placed 62nd in 2009, 18th in 2011 and 37th in 2013 as Balance. Chartered in 2012, she placed 21st as Peugeot Surfrider. McAllister, a gregarious Scotsman living in Australia, is new to the race, but tried his hand in November’s protracted Bird Island Race, but like others, retired because of time constraints.
|Navigator||Stuart Milne (1)|
|Crew||Matt Berry, Innes Briscoe, Tom Burgess, Clive Ferris, David Keddie (7), D'arcy Kemp, Graeme Lee (4), Roderick Maley, Chris Matthews (14), Phil West (1)|
|Type||Beneteau First 45|