In her maiden Sydney Hobart last year, James Whittle sailed Takani to 12th under PHS and eighth in Division 2. The boat is a luxurious Hanse 495 from Pittwater, which came into Debbie and Jim Whittle’s lives in August 2012. They named her after their children; Taylah, Kasey and Nicholas. It was celebrations all-round last year, as Taylah, their 19-year-old daughter, contested her first Hobart and Jim celebrated his 50th Birthday on Boxing Day, the same day as the Hobart start. Enjoyed a leisurely warm up at Hamilton Island Race Week to finish 15th in Cruising Division 1. Veteran yachtsman, Bill Ratcliff, joins the crew with 46 Hobarts to his credit.
|Skipper||James Whittle (1)|
|Crew||B Ratcliff (43), H Simpson, M Ryan, P Townend (1), R Moore (25), S Prince (1), T Whittle (1)|