FANTASTIC FOUR: Coast sailors in Sydney to Hobart mix

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Peregian Beach sailor Alexander Gough expects his third Sydney to Hobart campaign on super maxi InfoTrack will involve a different and more intense style of racing.

The 27-year-old will be busy as a trimmer on the 30.48m beast come Boxing Day for what will be his fifth journey in the prestigious and world-renowned 628-nautical-mile blue water classic.

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InfoTrack was second in line honours last year and fourth in 2018.

While last year featured four or five super maxis, due to COVID-19 InfoTrack will battle just one other this year, Black Jack, in its category in the 100-strong fleet.

 

InfoTrack and its crew are in strong form, having beaten their rival twice in two key lead up races over the past fortnight during the Cabbage Tree Island Race and Big Boat Challenge.

Gough was anticipating an exciting battle to the River Derwent finish.

“Black Jack are a very good crew and so are we so it’s going to be a good race regardless of who wins or loses,” he said.

“Obviously with the wind, our boat is suited to heavier winds and stronger breezes and rougher conditions whereas Black Jack is suited to more lighter air.

“To be honest it depends on forecast (how we fare), but we’ve proven that we can exceed expectations with that a little bit with that so it’s looking good.”

Gough moved to Peregian two years ago from Brisbane but has spent many a holiday on the Sunshine Coast with his parents owning a holiday house in the region.

He’s a professional sailor and has competed across the world with the Volvo Ocean Race around the world among his feats.

Due to COVID-19 he’s only raced three or four times in 2020 but said he would normally crew in up to 20-30 races a year.

He won’t be the only Sunshine Coast-based sailor to contest the Sydney to Hobart this month.

Here are others to cheer on come the starting cannon on December 26.

 

 

JOHN BANKART

The Mooloolaba resident will be sailing in the new Two-Handed Division on Alex – Team MacAdie with Jock MacAdie.

Sunshine Sailing Australia’s Bankart, who also sailed in the 2007 and 2018 Melbourne Osaka Race, will fill the co-skipper role on the 13.9m long craft.

He competed in last year’s Sydney to Hobart on GYR Ragamuffin which finished 43rd in line honours and 10th in PHS division one.

 

ANDREW SCOTT

The Maroochydore sailor will be part of the crew on Ariel.

He contested his 11th Boxing Day start in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2017.

That year he raced on the 45-foot Black Sheep which crossed 47th.

 

 

BOB THOMAS

The Buderim resident, formerly of Mackay, will be a navigator on Cinquante.

He has raced in the Sydney to Hobart more than 25 times.

He was part of the crew that won the infamous 1998 race on Midnight Rambler.

Cinquante finished Division 2 fifth in December’s Cabbage Tree Island Race.

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