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Pale Ale Rager

Pale Ale Rager


Ten years after surviving the fatal storm of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, South Australia’s most competitive offshore yacht ‘Rager’ is preparing for yet another Hobart race. This will be the 14th race to Hobart for Rager.

Owner and Skipper Dr Gary Shanks says it’s the right time for a 9th family-based race campaign.

Gary has sailed in eight Hobart races. Once again the team includes daughter Catherine Shanks and son David Shanks, who have each done the race six times and completed the ’98 race.

Rager is a notable performer in Australian ocean racing records.

This year Rager challenged to second place across the line behind maxi yacht 98ft Skandia Wild Thing in the storm ravaged Adelaide to Port Lincoln Bluewater Classic in which half the fleet withdrew during the first five hours.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Pale Ale Rager
Sail Number YC560
Owner Gary Shanks
Skipper Gary Shanks (8)
Crew A Mitton (3), S Cavonough (2), D O'Connell, J Gair (4), N Smith (2), C Shanks (6), J Payne, M Young (3), D Shanks (6), J Heritage, M O'Reilly, L Hill(2), C George
State SA
Type Elliot 56
Designer Greg Elliot
Builder Clements
Construction G. R. Cedar
LOA 17.1
Beam 4.82
Draft 4.0