The seventh Midnight Rambler is back again for another race south, though this time will be racing her for home town, for the first time. With Ed Psaltis’ relocation to Tasmania, the entry is officially and proudly representing the RYCT. Crew this year comprises four each of Hobart and Sydney core crew; Hobart race campaigners for over 29 years on those seven boats. Between them, Psaltis and crew have won every major offshore race on the east coast of Australia, including the Gosford Lord Howe Island and Sydney Mooloolaba races (twice each) plus Cabbage Tree Island, Sydney Gold Coast and Sydney Hobart races.
What used to constitute a mid-sized boat in the Hobart, Midnight Rambler is one of smallest boats out there these days, but to the Rambler Syndicate of Psaltis, Bencsik, Sharp and Tavener, 36ft is just fine. The Sydney 36 has raced the full Hobart offshore program leading up to the race, including achieving overall IRC wins in the 2019 RYCT Channel Race and the 180nm Maria Island Race with her full Rolex Sydney Hobart crew. The syndicate’s hope is to be competitive in division, notwithstanding the old blokes on board, who believe they can still go hard!
|Yacht Name||Midnight Rambler|
|Skipper||Ed Psaltis (37)|
|Navigator||Neil Tavener (16)|
|Crew||J Linscott (3), M Bencsik (22), A McWilliam (3), G Stewart, D Sharp (16), L Rees (1)|
|Club||RYCT / CYCA|
|Designer||Murray, Burns & Dovell (Aus)|