The Yachts


Category Placing
PHS - Div 2 5
Corinthian 10
Line Honours 79
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In her maiden Sydney Hobart in 2014, James Whittle sailed Takani to PHS 12th, but retired in 2015 with rudder damage. Disappointing for crew Bill Ratcliff who was clocking up his 47th Hobart and looking forward to finishing. Takani came into Debbie and Jim Whittle’s lives in 2012 and was named for their children; Taylah, Kasey and Nicholas. In 2014, Taylah, at 19, contested her first Hobart and returns this year; Jim celebrated his 50th birthday on Boxing Day. Finished PHS seventh in the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race. Ratcliff is aboard for his 48th Hobart, and will be joined by daughter, Katrina, making two fathers and daughters.


Competitor Details

Name Takani
Sail Number 6981
Owner James Whittle
Sailing Master Taylah Whittle
Navigator Bill Ratcliff
Crew M Ryan, D Salter, R Moore, K Ratcliff, P Connett
State NSW
Type Hanse 495
Designer Judel Vrolijk
Builder Hanse Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 15.4
Beam 4.8
Draft 2.4