Alchemy III raced in her first Rolex Sydney Hobart last year, having made the trip twice last year in cruising mode. Owner and skipper, Jarrod Ritchie, has maintained his childhood passion for sailing from competitive racing as a teenager to ownership of three yachts over the past 13 years, each expanding to accommodate a growing family. Alchemy III’s previous owners sailed the yacht from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, through the Pacific and onto Australia.
The racing crew (that will replace the four Ritchie children who usually have run of the deck) are a mix of experienced sailors who have experience in numerous Rolex Sydney Hobarts, Atlantic crossings and 18 Foot Skiff Championships, through to complete novices. Given the yacht’s pedigree, the owners are expecting a comfortable ride with a favourable breeze and heightening of competitive spirits on board, with hopes for a quick gallop south.
|Skipper||Jarrod Ritchie (1)|
|Crew||A Hodson, B Ashby, C Warner, M James, M Fernandez Vasco, G Hewson (1), J Meggison, M Diacon, C Warren|