Tony Lyall sailed Cougar II to 13th on line, finishing one place and 45 minutes behind the top TP52, Balance. Overall, the Tassie boat was 46th and seventh in Division 1. Previously, she was 16th on line and 33rd overall in 2012. Cougar II’s best Hobart result so far was 2nd overall in 2008 under her previous owner, Alan Whiteley, whom Lyall, bought the boat from in late November 2011 and drove her to 2nd overall in the TP52 Southern Cross Cup Series 2013. Last year, the Tasmanian went on to break the Maria Island race record he set with Cougar II in 2013, in 18 hours 49 minutes 06 seconds, clipping 38 minutes and 35 seconds off it. He took line honours in the race again this year, finishing 2nd overall. Lyall could convert these wins into Sydney Hobart victory.
|Crew||M Feilberg, T Grafton, A Sayers, M Cubit, B Wells, E Forbes, E Snowball, G Peacock, D Woods, K Costin, M Jeffrey, R Parker|