The Yachts

Telcoinabox Merit

Category Placing
PHS - Div 1 1
Line Honours 16
Line Honours - Div 361 16
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This former Volvo 60 round-the-world racing yacht has contested many offshore races since coming to Australia, sailing under various names, including Indec Merit, News Corp and Line 7,  under which name she set a record for the then 408 nm Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race (the race distance has since been extended slightly).  The boat was recently purchased and refitted in preparation for the race by its new owners in North Queensland.  Part of the crew heading down to Hobart this year are professional commercial skippers from the Whitsundays where the boat now resides.’


Competitor Details

Name Telcoinabox Merit
Sail Number 8679
Owner Leo Rodriguez / Ian Bishop
Skipper Leo Rodriguez
Crew B Bailie, B Wells (3), E Haagh (3), D Watson (11), M Cocks (1), C Mathews, A Jenkins, G Rodriguez, M Crook, A Bishop, D Kay, I Bishop, C Hopkins, M Cole, N Schmittman
State QLD
Club WSC
Type Volvo 60
Designer Bruce Farr
Builder Marten Marine
Construction Kevlar
LOA 19.26
Beam 5.25
Draft 3.75