The Yachts




Chutzpah finished 16th overall for Division 2 second last year. Owner, Bruce Taylor, makes an effort to compete in major races out of Sydney, as well as competing in Melbourne with his two yachts – this Caprice 40 and a Sydney 38. It paid when this Chutzpah won the 2018 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast race after the Victorian skippered it to eighth overall and third in Division 2 of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart. He finished second in Division 2 in 2016, after placing 18th overall in the 2015 race, following a heart-breaking second to Wild Rose by a little under 39 minutes in 2014 – but he did win Division 2. The Caprice 40’s other best Hobart results were fourth in 2007 and fifth in 2013.

With various Chutzpahs, Taylor’s other best results were second overall in 1990 and second in IMS Division 3 in 1994 (371 boats raced), sixth overall in 2001. Since 1986, he has owned six Chutzpahs, clocking up 33 straight Hobarts and scoring divisional places in the majority. Taylor and son Drew is the only father/son combination in history to sail 25 plus Hobarts together and are not likely to ever be superceded. The small tight-knit crew can boast over 220 Hobarts between them and many would love to see them win ‘the Hobart’.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Chutzpah
Sail Number R33
Owner Bruce Taylor
Skipper Bruce Taylor (38)
Navigator Kingsley Piesse (36)
Crew A Taylor (26), D Watson (1), G Gourley (32), I Taylor (18), L Attersall (3), P Sandles (18), P Fletcher (32), J Permezel (32), D Taylor (27)
State VIC
Type Caprice 40
Designer Reichel/Pugh (USA)
Builder Hart Marine
Construction Carbon/GRP
LOA 12.35
Beam 3.787
Draft 2.68