Maxi Ragamuffin’s history is extraordinary, particularly in the Hobart race. She was built by Kelly & Haugh at Mona Vale and launched in 1979 as Bumblebee IV for John Kahlbetzer. A state-of-the-art maxi on the international circuit she was the yacht to beat. Won line honours in the 1979 Sydney Hobart (from 147 boats), her only Hobart under Kahlbetzer’s ownership, as spent the majority of time competing overseas, including taking line honours in the 1980 Newport Bermuda Race.
Syd Fischer bought her in 1984, but retired from the Hobart that year, then finished third on line in the 1985 Hobart from 180 boats. Rechristened Gazebo (after his hotel) for the 1987 race, she was second on line before becoming Ragamuffin again, and took line honours in 1988. Was second on line in 1989 and controversially took line honours in 1990, when Rothmans crossed first, but was penalised for breaching the rules (carried advertising). Anton Starling bought the boat in 1993, renaming her Maxi Ragamuffin. He contested the tough 1993 race, but like many others, retired. In 1994 she retired to charter in Queensland, where she still resides with a new owner. It is good to see her back in the race.
|Navigator||Graham Eaton (6)|
|Crew||P Hunt, M Jones, C Turner, C Cummins, M McLean (2), S Wallace (4), S Miller (3), D Goff (4), S Williams, R Roberts (1), R Snell (3), M Cardinaels (2), M Belyea, C Snell, L McLean, J Norton|