John Newbold’s RP 51 Primitive Cool (AUS), designed & engineered by Reichel/Pugh and built by Hart Marine, Melbourne, finished 4th overall and second in Division 1 with a time of 04:10:36:19. Primitive Cool was formerly the Secret Men’s Business which won the Sydney Hobart overall in 2010.
Reichel/Pugh’s Sydney-Hobart History
Reichel/Pugh designed Maxis have taken First to Finish in 9 out of the last 10 editions of the race and currently hold the elapsed time record of 1 day 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. Since 1996 RP Maxis have taken Line Honours 10 times including a record 4 times in a row by 100’ Wild Oats XI in 2005-2008. Wild Oats XI has taken Line Honours a record 8 times in ten years (2005-2014), beaten by Reichel/Pugh-designed 100′ Alfa Romeo in 2009. The Current Race Record was set in 2012 by 100’ Wild Oats XI beating the previous record Wild Oats XI set in 2005.
2014 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley – 8th Line Honors Win In 10 Years in the time of two days two hours three minutes and 26 seconds. This goes down in the race’s 70 year history as the only yacht to ever achieve this amazing feat. Last year, Wild Oats XI matched the efforts of Morna/Kurrewa IV, the holder of seven line honours titles during the 1950’s and her last in 1960. Photo © Andrea Francolini
2013 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley – 7th Line Honors Win In 9 Years
2012 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish/1st Overall in Fleet/Overall Winner Corrected Time – Bob Oatley (Trifecta Win and Course Record Set: 1 day 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds)
2012 – 63’ Mini–Maxi Loki – 2nd Overall & 1st Division 1 – Stephen Ainsworth
2012 – 66’ delete ‘pocket’ Mini Maxi Black Jack – 3rd Overall & 1st Overall ORCi – Peter Harburg
2011 – 63’ Mini–Maxi Loki – 1st Overall – Stephen Ainsworth
2010 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – Bob Oatley (Record 5 times Line Honors)
2010 – 51’ Secret Men’s Business 3.5 – 1st Overall – Geoff Boettcher
2009 – 100’ Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – Neville Crichton
2009 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 2nd to Finish – Bob Oatley
2008 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – Bob Oatley (Record 4 times in a row Line Honors)
2007 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – Bob Oatley
2006 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – Bob Oatley
2005 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish/1st Overall in Fleet/Overall Winner Corrected Time – Bob Oatley (Trifecta Win and Course Record Set: 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds)
2005 – 100’ Alfa Romeo – 2nd to Finish & 2nd on Corrected Time in Fleet – Neville Crichton
2002 – 90’ Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – Neville Crichton
1996 – 80’ Morning Glory – 1st to Finish – Dr. Hasso Plattner (Course Record Set: 2 days, 14 hours, 7 minutes, 10 seconds)
Visit the builder’s websites
McConaghy Boats (builders of Wild Oats XI, Alfa Romeo 90 & 100, Loki and Morning Glory 80)
Hart Marine (builder of Chutzpah and Primitive Cool)
Title photo © Rolex
Click to access the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race here and follow Reichel/Pugh’s entries: RP100 Wild Oats XI owned by Robert Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, built by McConaghy and launched in 2005 (now retired due to torn mainsail); RP78 canting keel performance cruiser Lupa of London Read More …
The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel/Pugh and and built by Melges Boat Works and holds a unique position among the world’s one design sportsboats as one of the most successful classes of high performance yachts. The 2016 Melges 24 European Sailing Series, 2016 Melges 24 European and World Championships, Melges 24 future title events up to 2018 have been announced.
(December 23, 2015) – At the end of another great season the World Council of the International Melges 24 Class Association (IM24CA) met up for its Annual General Meeting to discuss about the feedback of the 2015 season and to draw the main line of the future events. Read More …
(December 21, 2016) – Sailing World Magazine has announced that the Reichel/Pugh-designed Melges 14 has earned its stripes as 2016’s Best Dingy, explaining that, “Any discussion of a modern singlehander will inevitably lead to a comparison with the Laser, which is the ultimate in performance and simplicity, the most prolific one-design dinghy of all time. It’s the benchmark. The Laser, however, is creeping toward 50 years, and not much about it has changed…The Melges 14, the judges agreed, is a righteous challenger to the Laser’s kingdom. It’s a boat that will make you want to drop everything, rig up and go sailing when the breeze is on. Given Melges’ success rate with and the support of its other one-design classes, big-fleet championships are only a matter of time.” For specs, handling, price, demo availability and news about a one-design class rule draft read on at: sailingworld.com/best-dinghy
How does a ten year old yacht remain at the forefront of one of the great ocean race classics?
With her distinctively slim and elegant hull, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has taken line honours in eight out of the last ten Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. In collaboration with Reichel/Pugh, her original builders McConaghy Boats have recently completed her most radical evolution yet. On the eve of the 628 nautical mile 2015 RSHYR on December 26th, McConaghy TV shares a film about forging this new reality. Additionally, Reichel/Pugh’s Jim Pugh breaks down the carefully calculated modifications to boost her performance in up-range conditions. Calculations that will hopefully place Wild Oats XI ahead of the 110 yacht fleet into Hobart for the ninth time in 11 starts.
Title photo from August 2015 © Andrea Francolini