Australian yachting legend Syd Fischer has announced he will skipper last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Racer line honours winner, Investec Loyal, in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual 628 nautical mile race which starts at 1.00pm on Boxing Day.
Australian yachting legend Syd Fischer has announced he will
skipper last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Racer line honours
winner, Investec Loyal, in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's
annual 628 nautical mile race which starts at 1.00pm on Boxing
Fischer, who took line honours in the 1988 and 1990 races and
won overall under IOR in
1992 with two different Ragamuffins, joked this morning: "They say
in yachting that the length of your yacht should reflect your age -
so now I have to live to 100!"
The 85 year-old, who turns 86 in March, has leased the 100ft
super maxi from its owner
and last year's line honours victor, Anthony Bell. "I've leased it
for two years and then I'll buy it," confirmed Fischer who has
renamed the yacht
Although he would not be drawn on whether they could pull off
two sequential line honours victories, he did confirm that Anthony
Bell could be along for the ride. "Anthony looks like joining us -
he's keen to keep promoting his Loyal Foundation this way - so
we'll have some celebrities aboard too," he
"He (Bell) is a team player - he's played footy like me - and
he's a good bloke. Like him, I also like to support charity," added
Fischer, who backs Stepping Stone House (via an annual regatta on
Sydney Harbour), which houses teenagers who find themselves
homeless through no fault of their own.
Fischer, who has self-funded a record five America's Cup
campaigns, said celebrities were yet to be decided, but did say
long-time friend Tony 'Ace' Ellis would definitely be along for the
"Tony's on his 46th Hobart and we're doing our
40th together - I don't think anyone else has done that.
I missed a few while I was at America's Cups," said Fischer, who is
about to tackle his 44th race, a feat only achieved by
four other yachtsmen in the history of the race.
Among the crew will be one of the yachtsman's former America's
Cup crew members, Andrew Crow, or 'Crowbar' as he is more
familiarly known in the yachting fraternity.
"There'll be a few more of my regulars, I'm not sure who yet,"
said Fischer, who has represented Australia multiple times,
including at the Admiral's Cup and Clipper/Kenwood Cup, captaining
Australia multiple times and taking the teams to several wins.
Ragamuffin-Loyal is now at Fischer's Sydney City Marine at
Rozelle, where it will remain until Boxing Day when it will go
head-to-head with Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI and Grant Wharington's
Wild Thing. In the meantime, Fischer said little will be done to
which he describes as: "In great shape. The only thing I might do
is enlarge the galley - it's a bit small.
"I'm looking forward to sailing it," he said of the boat and the
Rolex Sydney Hobart. "We're going out for a bit of familiarization
on Friday, because a lot of the crew haven't sailed a big boat
before. After that, starting Saturday, we'll be training inshore
And what of his TP52, Ragamuffin and the CYCA's Blue Water
Pointscore Series, which Ragamuffin is on equal points with second
place and leading under ORCi with three races
"The TP52's for sale, so I have to forget about it this year.
I've won it (the BWPS) a few times before, so I'm satisfied with
that," he says of his record ninth victory in 2008 and multiple
podium finishes which has earned him the CYCA's prestigious Ocean
Racer of the Year award on a few
The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be
broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia, webcast
live to a global audience on Yahoo!7 and the Australia Network
throughout the Asia Pacific Region.
Applications for Entry in the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 close on
Thursday 1 November 2012 at 1700hrs AEDT.
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012 Notice of Race is now
online at: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/editorial.asp?key=1711 with
Applications for Entry being accepted online
By Di Pearson, Rolex Sydney Hobart media
Image: ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo
The crew on Loyal can expect some tough conditions