The Yachts




Creese commissioned the building of this quality 40-foot IRC cruiser racer to MAT yachts in in Turkey in 2012. It is designed by well-known yacht designer, Mark Mills. Obsession has been lightly raced since arriving in Hobart in 2013 with this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, her first major offshore race. The crew of nine is made of mainly local experienced Hobart sailors, most of whom have competed in at least six of the iconic Sydney Hobart’s races.

This race will be Creese’s second Rolex Sydney Hobart, following on from his 2009 voyage as owner/skipper of the DK46 Dekadence.  Joining this primarily local crew is Merfyn Owen from the United Kingdom. Owen will embark on his first Rolex Sydney Hobart. As a senior partner in race boat development for well-known international firm Own Clarke Design and his extensive international major offshore racing experience, there is little doubt he will add a wealth of knowledge to this team.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Obsession
Sail Number M45
Owner David Creese
Skipper David Creese (1)
Sailing Master Bill Batt
Navigator Peter Turner (14)
Crew A Ozols (9), C Gray (9), A Goode (6), M Owen, C Grafton, J Wearne
State TAS
Club BYC
Type Mat1245
Designer Mills Design
Builder M.A.T
LOA 12.5
Beam 3.8
Draft 2.7