The Yachts


Category Placing
PHS - Div 2
Line Honours
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In her maiden Sydney Hobart last year, James Whittle sailed Takani to 12th under PHS and eighth in Division 2. The boat is a luxurious Hanse 495 from Pittwater, which came into Debbie and Jim Whittle’s lives in August 2012. They named her after their children; Taylah, Kasey and Nicholas. It was celebrations all-round last year, as Taylah, their 19-year-old daughter, contested her first Hobart and Jim celebrated his 50th Birthday on Boxing Day, the same day as the Hobart start. Enjoyed a leisurely warm up at Hamilton Island Race Week to finish 15th in Cruising Division 1. Veteran yachtsman, Bill Ratcliff, joins the crew with 46 Hobarts to his credit. 


Competitor Details

Name Takani
Sail Number 6981
Owner James Whittle
Skipper James Whittle (1)
Crew B Ratcliff (43), H Simpson, M Ryan, P Townend (1), R Moore (25), S Prince (1), T Whittle (1)
State NSW
Type Hanse 495
Designer Judel Vrolijk
Builder Hanse Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 15.4
Beam 4.8
Draft 2.4