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Simply Fun

Simply Fun


Simply Fun, built in China, was launched Christmas 2013 and is a HH42 and a joint venture between Hakes marine and Hudson marine. Her first ocean race was the Melbourne to Launceston in which the boat won line honours, IRC, performance and came second in AMS. The next ocean outing was the Apollo Bay race which the boat won on line honours and IRC and only missed breaking the race record by 5 minutes. Simply Fun recently competed in the Sandringham Yacht Club Winter Series finishing with a second. They were entered into October’s Portland Race however the race was cancelled due to severe weather. This is a very experienced offshore racing crew.

Coombs competed in the 30th Anniversary race in 1984 on his then boat Triad, Coombs wife will make her maiden voyage in this 70th Anniversary race. They are joined by notable Quantum sailmaker David Eichmeyer. Johnson and Coventry are well known on the offshore maxi boat circuit with 16 and 13 Hobarts respectively, under their belt and not forgetting the rest of the crew Smith, Hore, Bunyard, Schafer, Bilham and McKenzie who bring talent and experience to this competitive crew.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Simply Fun
Sail Number SM42
Owner Philip Coombs
Skipper Philip Coombs (5)
Sailing Master David Eickmeyer (4)
Navigator Cheryl Coombs
Crew G Smith (5), L Hore, M Bunyard (4), S Schafer (3), T Bilham (3), B Coventry (8), C McKenzie (9), I Johnson (17)
State VIC
Club SYC
Type HH 42
Designer Judel/Vrolijk
Builder Hudson Yacht & Marine
Construction Carbon Expoxy
LOA 12.6
Beam 4.4
Draft 2.8