Jim Cooney purchased Brindabella in 2010 and religiously contests the Hobart and other races, keeping her name alive and in the books. In a rarity, she retired from the last Hobart, on night one off Kiama, after taking on water when the rudder bearing became loose. She finished 12th on line and 11th overall under PHS in the 2015 Sydney Gold Coast race.
Built in 1993 for George Snow, he took line honours in the 1997 Hobart and won the inaugural Big Boat Challenge in 1994. Retains the Hobart record for a conventionally ballasted yacht (1d 20h 46m 33s), which she achieved in 1999 after a second over the line and held the Sydney Gold Coast race record for 13 years, until Wild Oats XI and Loki finally beat it in 2012 after a few tries. Still holds the Sydney-Mooloolaba, Sydney-Noumea and Sydney-Wollongong race records.
Her long Hobart history stands at: retired in ’93, 19th o/a in ’94, 30th o/a in ’95, ret in ’96, ninth o/a ‘98, second overall in ’99, ret in 2000, 13th o/a in ’01, 27th o/a in ’02, 32nd o/a in ’03, fifth o/a in ’04. In ’07 she competed as Toyota Aurion V6 and won PHS, in ’08 she was ASM Brindabella, and finished 12th PHS. Ret in ’10, 38th o/a in ’11, second under PHS in ’12, eighth PHS in ‘13 and ret in ’14.
|Skipper||Jim Cooney (4)|
|Sailing Master||Bradshaw Kellett (23)|
|Navigator||Charles Buchanan (5)|
|Crew||A Fisk, B Sykes (26), C Price, D Belcher, D Hislop (1), H Slawson, J Natherson (10), J Tilse, J Verheggen (2), J Cooney, J Atkinson, J Sutherland (7), L May (41), M Robinson, M Blake (1), N Armstrong (3), P Ryan, S Don (11), S King (2), T Drayton (1), W Hedberg (2), J Coleman, A Berman|