The Yachts




At his 35th attempt to win the Sydney Hobart, Bruce Taylor finished 18th overall, fifth in Division 3 and third in ORCi Division 2 last year, after finishing second to Wild Rose by a little under 39 minutes in 2014 – and also won Division 2. The Caprice 40’s other best overall Hobart results were fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2013. With previous Chutzpahs, Taylor’s best results were second in IMS Division 3 in 1994 (371 boats were entered), sixth overall in 2001, fifth in 2002; third IRC and fourth IMS in 2003, plus a host of divisional wins and places. From 1980 to 1984, Taylor sailed the Hobart as crew for other owners. He missed 1985, but from 1986, has owned six yachts named Chutzpah, and has not missed a single Hobart since – that’s 29 straight.

This will be Taylor’s 36th Hobart and son, Drew’s, 25th – the only father son in history to sail 25 together James Permezel will also sail his 25th, with the bulk of the crew already having made this milestone plus, mostly with Taylor. A lot of fingers will be crossed for the genial Victorian to win.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chutzpah
Sail Number R33
Owner Bruce Taylor
Skipper Bruce Taylor (34)
Navigator Kingsley Piesse (33)
Crew P Fletcher (28), G Gourley (28), A Taylor (23), P Sandles, J Permezel (24), L Attersall, I Taylor (14), B Anderson (4)
State VIC
Type Caprice 40
Designer Reichel/Pugh (USA)
Builder Hart Marine
Construction Carbon/GRP
LOA 12.35
Beam 3.787
Draft 2.68