Not to be confused with the Swan MKII of the same name that Joe Mele contested his first Sydney Hobart with last year and finished 27th overall for sixth in Division 4. The American reappears with latest Triple Lindy, the ex Akatea, which finished 38th overall in the 2012 Sydney Hobart as a Kiwi entry. After purchasing the yacht this year, Mele replaced the bowsprit, mast, rigging and sails and sailed her across the Tasman to prepare for the Hobart. She will then be shipped to USA to compete in major ocean races around the world. Will be great competition for the other Cookson 50’s in the race.
In the meantime, Mele took his Swan MKII in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, finishing 113th overall and the Rolex Middle Sea Race when he placed 13th overall and won Class 5. He has previously placed second in both the Marblehead to Halifax Race and Key West Race Week. He has also contested four of Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda races. Brad Kellett has overseen the boat’s renovation and will race with the bulk of last year’s crew.
Overseas boats among early entries - 9 August 2017
|Skipper||Joseph Mele (1)|
|Sailing Master||Bradshaw Kellett (25)|
|Navigator||John O'Brien (1)|
|Crew||S Hunt (23), R MacDonald (1), P Ramsdale (1), E Cesare, I K Paisley (1), J Mackay (1), A MacMillan, S McDermott (1), R Trainor (1), W Mackay, G Simeoli (3)|