The Yachts




This is the former Chancellor which was purchased by Jonathan Stone and Mat Vadas who sailed the Beneteau First 40 to 35th overall and ninth in IRC Division 3 of the 2012 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. They went on to finish 29th overall and eighth in IRC Division 3 of the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Breakthrough retired from this year’s Land Rover Gold Coast Yacht Race due to time constraints. Previously, Stone owned Illusion (the 1988 Hobart overall winner for her original owner), which he sailed in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart, but retired with hull damage.

Breakthrough’s two current owners, Mathew Vadas and Jonathan Stone, have achieved significant breakthroughs in a lifetime of medical research, hence the name the yacht has been christened. They bring the same focus and attention to detail in this their fourth Bluewater and Rolex Sydney Hobart campaign. They will be joined on this campaign by Sydney veterans Ben Hunter and Adam Carpenter and a team of Irish sailors headed by Barry Hurley.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Breakthrough
Sail Number 6834
Owner Jonathan Stone / Mathew Vadas
Skipper Mathew Vadas (3)
Crew A Carpenter (1), B Hurley (3), B Hunter (3), C Halpin (1), K Rumball (1), T Guy (2), J Cooper, A Rumball, P Thorp
State NSW
Type Beneteau First 40
Designer Farr Yacht Design
Builder Beneteau
Construction GRP
LOA 12.2
Beam 3.9
Draft 2.4