Stuart Richardson purchased Solera in November 2020. She was previously owned by her prominent Kiwi designer, Greg Elliott, who named her Fortuna. Solera is one of two Elliott Tourer’s in the race, the other being fellow Victorian entry, Joker on Tourer, which is slightly smaller at 12.5 metres to Solera’s 13.5m. Richardson last raced to Hobart as skipper of Moody Buoys in 2019 and placed second overall in PHS and second in PHS Division 2, so is worth keeping an eye on for PHS victory this year. He says, “Solera is looking forward to the Sydney Hobart and hopes to continue with lots of offshore racing in 2022.” In the meantime, boat and owner have been tuning up in local races out of Royal Geelong Yacht Club.
|Skipper||Stuart Richardson (3)|
|Crew||Brenton Carnell (20), Jason Boyle, Adrian Harmsworth, Danielle Fraser, Jennifer Carnell (1), Tom Kelly (2)|
|Club||Royal Geelong Yacht Club|
|Type||Elliott 1350 Tourer|
|Designer||Greg Elliott (NZ)|