Following his second on line in the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Anthony Bell was devastated after retiring Perpetual Loyal from the 2014 race early on the second morning after hitting an object the previous evening and taking on water. He was happier after taking line honours in the 2015 Sydney Gold Coast Race. However, after defeating Wild Oats XI for line honours in the 2011 Hobart with a previous super maxi, nothing less will do for this driven businessman when the start cannon is fired on Boxing Day. But Bell will have a much more problematic time this year. Even though Perpetual Loyal has undergone the knife again to make her more competitive in lighter breeze, Wild Oats XI has been modified beyond recognition, Jim Clark’s Comanche is coming back and George David’s new Rambler 88 will also be here, along with Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin.
Perpetual Loyal is the former Speedboat/Rambler and was slated as the ‘fastest super maxi in the world’, but is yet to really prove the point in Australia. Having said that, Bell fills some of the crew sports with non-sailing celebrities to help raise money for his Loyal Foundation, raising much needed funds for child charities such as the Humpty Dumpty Foundation – and that leaves him a bit on the back foot against the full racing crews on the other super maxis.
|Yacht Name||Perpetual Loyal|
|Sail Number||SYD 1000|
|Skipper||Anthony Bell (5)|
|Crew||K Beale, C Main (3), W Morgan (13), P Waugh (5), M White (14), N Beaudoin (8), D Blanchfield (6), S Pollard (5), G Simmer (19), A Cahalan (23), T Slingsby (2), M Clarke (1), T Oxley (10), M Coxon (27), J Akacich (18), A Minichiello (1), E Molan, P Montague (9), S Runnow (24), J Flannery (12), P Caligeros (16), G Telford (14)|
|Designer||Juan Yacht Design|