The Yachts

Chinese Whisper


Rupert Henry purchased Jethou from Europe in time for the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, when the renamed Chinese Whisper finishing second on line and second overall. Took line honours in the Flinders Islet Race in September, missing Loki’s race record by 15 minutes - and finished third overall, then won line honours in October’s Newcastle Bass Island Race and finished second on line to Ichi Ban in the Cabbage Tree Island Race. Crew includes Tom Braidwood, Peter Merrington and Spanish triple Finn Olympian (won silver in Athens), Raffa Trujillo, adds to the serious cred of this ultra-light carbon fibre hulled fully optimized yacht, built for speed. As Jethou, it won the Maxi division at Palma Vela in 2012 and scored victories at Copa del Rey, Les Voiles de St. Tropez, the Maxi Rolex World Championship and Giraglia Rolex Cup. She is highly rated to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart overall.

Henry, who has been a champion dinghy sailor and a competitor in a number of Etchells Worlds, sold his TP52 Fomo to Sam Haynes (now Celestial). Prior to that, he contested two Hobarts on Team Lexus, owned in partnership with James Mayo and Angus Miller. They finished eighth overall and third in the Sydney 38 Division in 2003 and and went on to finish third overall in the Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race ahead of their 11th overall and Divisional fourth in the 2004 Hobart.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chinese Whisper
Sail Number AUS13
Owner Rupert Henry
Skipper Rupert Henry (2)
Crew B Lamb (3), C Baillie (2), C Crawfoord, D Edwards, F O'Leary, G O'Shea, M Dunstan, P Merrington (19), P Westlake, R McGarvie, R Trujillo (3), S Cunnington S Hunt (21), S Diviney, T Braidwood (20), W Parker (2)
State NSW
Type JV 62
Designer Judel/Vrolijk (Ger)
Builder Green Marine
Construction Carbon Fibre
LOA 18.9
Beam 4.9
Draft 4.2