Congratulations to Phil Bennett and his crew aboard King Billy, who placed 1st in IRC Division 3 of the PONANT Sydney to Noumea Yacht Race 2018.
After a 20 year hiatus, the 1,064 nautical mile race returned with adverse conditions testing all those competing. The Squadron was represented by two yachts: King Billy and James Murchison’s Abracadabra, both of which finished in the top 17 places.
Despite the race being described as “hard as some Hobarts”, Abracadabra arrived in Noumea early last Saturday morning with a time of 5 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes. The team aboard King Billy was close behind, finishing in 6 days, 4 hours and 32 minutes.
John Taylor one of the crew members aboard King Billy commented on the race "it was very wet, cold and often windy. We were on starboard tack for six days.”
Images: Bryan Gauvan Photography (CYCA) , Andrea Francolini (CYCA)
Article: Zac Quinlan