The Yachts

Primitive Cool

Primitive Cool


Following moderate success with the modified Farr 40 formerly known as Midnight Rambler, Victorian John Newbold stepped up his campaign by purchasing the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Secret Men’s Business 3.5 from South Australian Geoff Boettcher last October. The team put in a solid performance in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, finishing 15th overall and fourth in IRC Division 1.

In March, Primitive Cool set a new record of 9 hours, 50 minutes and 21 seconds in the 2014 Melbourne to King Island Race, taking 17 minutes off the previous record and scored the triple of record, line honours and overall win. In the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July, Newbold finished 13th overall and fifth in IRC Division 1.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Primitive Cool
Sail Number S777
Owner John Newbold
Skipper John Newbold (2)
Navigator Eric Holden (4)
Crew M Lawrence (4), T Cembala (6), M Fahey (4), P Knight (1), A Cooper (1), C Noble, T Pedlar (1), R Pollock (2), G Boettcher (24), D Sudano (17), T Bardon (2), C Howard (7), T Duckmanton (2)
State VIC
Type RP51
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder Hart Marine
Construction GRP
LOA 15.61
Beam 4.40
Draft 3.33