The Yachts




Hugh Ellis bought this Beneteau First 44.7 last year from Tasmania where she had been campaigned for the last four years, under the name Auch, by Phillippa Calvert and Richard Scarr. The two won both IRC and PHS overall in the 2011 Maria Island Race and placed in other local races. Before that, Tasmanian David Bean raced the yacht as Honeysuckle and scored a divisional eighth in the 2009 Hobart and won the 2010 Bruny Island race overall.

Under Ellis’ ownership, Twitch won line honours in the 2014 Melbourne to Port Fairy race, also placing second in IRC and AMS. She competed in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and finished 11th in IRC Division 3.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Twitch
Sail Number B44
Owner Hugh Ellis
Skipper Hugh Ellis
Sailing Master Robert Hick
Navigator Peter Cox
Crew B Bult (9), D Miles (12), G Caulfield (2), L Smith (13), P Cannon (2), R Antill, R Jaroszczuk, T Stanford, T Klestadt (1)
State VIC
Type Beneteau First 44.7
Designer Farr Yacht Design
Builder Beneteau
Construction Fibreglass
LOA 13.4
Beam 4.0
Draft 2.6