Launched in late 2008, Michael Hiatt’s latest Living Doll was built for speed and a clear air advantage over the current batch of 50 to 52-footers now racing in Melbourne, as well as at other major regattas. Farr Yacht Design has put a lot into this boat and Cooksons have come up with a beautiful hull and excellent IRC fit-out. Features include twin rudders and a lifting prop. North Sails have designed their latest 3DL sails, with a flat-top main for inshore, and a conventional main for offshore. She is a striking looking boat with a deep black/blue/sometimes deep green hull and the Living Doll insignia.
Having missed Hobart in 2008 due to a broken mast, Living Doll went on to win Audi IRC Division 1 at 2009 Skandia Geelong Week, followed by a close win at the Meridian Marinas Airlie Beach regatta in August and finally the IRC Grand Prix Division One win at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Living Doll claimed the overall win in this year’s Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and then went on to claim third place in the Audi IRC Australian Championship. She also finished tenth across the line and seventh overall in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart.
|Yacht Name||Living Doll|
|Skipper||Michael Hiatt (6)|
|Crew||C Barber (4), R Bearda (6), R Lloyd (5), S Cotton (2), W Wilkens (3), B Smith, E Holden (1), N Drennan, R McGavrie, S Mason, T Shaw|