The Yachts

Rum Rebellion (TH)

Rum Rebellion (TH)


Rum Rebellion is a J/99 launched this year for Shane Connelly, who did the 2016 and 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobarts on Pelagic Magic with his co-skipper for this race, Graeme Dunlop. Her campaign follows on from the successful two-handed campaign of Connelly’s previous boat, Local Hero (he skippered it fully-crewed in the 2019 Hobart), in the inaugural CYCA Two-Handed Series. The pair are contesting the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore in the Two-Handed Division. They have already produced top results in the first two races: third in the Flinders Islet Race and second in the Bird Island Race, before unfortunately having to retire from the Cabbage Tree Island Race. At 9.9 metres, she rates among the smaller boats in the fleet that appear to be favoured by many Two-Handed entries this year.

For the historians, the yacht’s name and sail number reflect the infamous Rum Rebellion of 1808, Australia’s first and only military coup. Appropriately, her motto is New South Walers don’t hide under the bed! Connelly says he and Dunlop look forward to competing against fellow two-handed sailors and will continue to promote the CYCA’s “great new category of sailing.”


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Rum Rebellion (TH)
Sail Number 1808
Owner Shane Connelly
Skipper Shane Connelly (3) / Graeme Dunlop (4)
State NSW
Type J/99
Designer Alan Johnstone (USA)
LOA 9.9
Beam 3.4
Draft 2.0