That brings the TP52 fleet into focus and their frontrunners: Paul Clitheroe's overall winner from last year Balance, Sam Haynes' Celestial, Matt Allen's Ichi Ban, Peter Wrigley and Andrew Kearnan's Koa, which is a past winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race
but retired early in last year's Hobart race with steering damage, the West Australian TP52 M3, which is the former Calm and which also retired last year, with a broken forestay and Brenton Fischer's highly successful Ragamuffin (his grandfather and Race stalwart, Syd, has pulled the pin).
Peter Wrigley and Andy Kearnan recently purchased Bryon Ehrhart's Lucky, which proved just that for her owner, winning the 2010 Rolex Middle Sea Race overall and finishing second in the 2014 Rolex China Sea Race.
With his previous 90-foot Rambler, David won the treble of line and overall honours and race record of 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds in the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race, which has yet to be eclipsed.
Fischer is not resting on his laurels, instead focusing on a mouth-watering 2015 campaign which will take in the Rolex Fastnet, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Middle Sea Race
, all onboard his new Ragamuffin 100.
Competed in Rolex Swan Cup 2012 and finished fifth in Maxi Class A after contesting the Rolex Middle Sea Race
2011 to finish 19th overall and fifth Class 2 and third in ORCi Class 1.
In October 2012, Varuna finished sixth overall in Class 2 of the Rolex Middle Sea Race
He has travelled widely with his work, covering Rolex regattas such as the Rolex Middle Sea Race
, the Rolex Big Boat Series, and of course, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
After the race, Triple Lindy will cruise Tasmania before being shipped to Europe for the 2017 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea races