CYCA Director Paul Clitheroe has taken another step up in his ocean racing pursuits, purchasing the TP52 Quest, and 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race overall winner, earlier this year. This makes the money media commentator’s fifth yacht called Balance. In the Land Rover Gold Coast he finished seventh over line, second overall IRC Division 1 and fourth overall ORCi. Racing in the CYCA Blue Water Pointscore he is tracking at third overall after race three. Balance placed first overall in the Cabbage Tree Island in November. Under its former name Quest, this boat won every major race/event on the eastern seaboard, including Hamilton Island Race Week, Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Geelong Race Week, in addition to the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
With his previous yacht, a Beneteau 45, Clitheroe won the 2013 City of Sydney Cup for the Australia Day Race, won Division 1 in both IRC and ORCi in the 2013 Sydney Harbour Regatta, and finished second in Division 1 of the IRC Passage at Hamilton Island Race Week in August 2013. In 2011, Clitheroe achieved some strong podium finishes including second in the Audi Docklands Invitational Production division, winning the Milsons Cup and Division 2 of the NSW IRC Championship, before a divisional third in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. He also finished second in IRC Division B at Hamilton Island Race Week, then third in IRC Division 3 and second in ORCi Division 2 in the Rolex Sydney Hobart – his best result in the blue water classic.
|Skipper||Paul Clitheroe (4)|
|Crew||A Brown (5), B Mcrae (3), C Evans, D Keddie (2), D Taylor (1), M Craig (1), M de Montgolfier (1), N Mrdjen (2), N Scott-Perry (3), P Hardy, T Brewer (1), O'Brien, J Dock|
|Type||Farr Tp 52|
|Designer||Farr Yacht Design|