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Sidewinder (TH)

Sidewinder (TH)


Rob Gough and John Saul have teamed up to sail two-up on Sidewinder in the Rolex Sydney Hobart’s new Two-Handed Division. Saul has done the race in the past, including in 1998 when he was 15th over the line, just one of 44 finishers with Computerland, his modified Inglis 47. Gough is best known as a former windsurfing and Moth world champion and top SB20 sailor. He dabbles in ocean racing and did the Sydney Hobart with Saul on Oskana in 2019. “When we heard about the new Two-Handed Division, we wanted to be on the start line,” Gough said. “We’re really looking forward to the race. We did the 2020 Maria Island Race in no wind, but we learnt a lot."

Sidewinder was previously named Jasmine Flyer and successfully raced out of Britain in the Normandy Channel Race, RORC Caribbean and Global Ocean Race with some big international names aboard, so she is well set-up. Gough and Saul bought the boat out of Adelaide in July 2020 and sailed her to Hobart – the last stretch in a 30 knot westerly!


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Sidewinder (TH)
Sail Number 112
Owner Rob Gough
Skipper Rob Gough (1) / John Saul (6)
State TAS
Club Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Type Akilaria RC2
Designer Marc Lombard (Fr)
LOA 12.0
Beam 4.3
Draft 3.1