Rob Fisher is back to skipper Helsal 3 after leaving the boat in the hands of others for the past two Hobarts. Last year she finished 15th overall in PHS and second last in Division 1. Fisher is hoping to whip her back into shape for a better result and contested the Gold Coast race in July to limber up and finished seventh overall in PHS (after winning PHS the previous year). In August, she placed sixth overall in Cruising Division 1 at Airlie Beach Race Week in a fleet of 17 and was 10th from 26 at Hamilton Island.
Helsal 3 was originally Arthur Bloore’s The Office. She retired from the 1984 Hobart and was dismasted heading to the start area the next year. The yacht was badly fire damaged in 1986 when the Fisher family purchased and restored her to place eighth on line in the ’87 and fifth in the ’88 race. They also broke the boat’s own record for the Gosford to Lord Howe Island race, - and scored Sydney Mooloolaba line and handicap wins along the way. Was sold to John Wertheimer and finished seventh on line in the 1990 Hobart. Chartered in ’91, she was seventh on line. Rob Fisher repurchased her in 2007 after finding her in an unkempt condition and has since raced the yacht in the ’08, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’13 and ’14 Hobarts.
|Yacht Name||Helsal 3|
|Owner||Rob Fisher & Paul Mara|
|Skipper||Rob Fisher (1)|
|Crew||C Oliver, D Stephenson (1), J Thompson, J Davis (5), J Wood (3), M Hickman (1), M Flynn, O Overstall, P Jackson (4), P Mara (1), S Collins|
|Designer||Joe Adams / Barrett|