Was 24th overall in last year’s race, but following a year of racing locally and overseas, and with 27 Gold Coast races under his belt, Yachting NSW President Richard Hudson is praying for better things this year, having won the race twice in the past and scored a trio of divisional wins. Pretty Woman was the third yacht to beat the Brisbane Noumea race record in mid-June, and finished fourth overall and second overall in ORCi from eight yachts in those two classes, which should have Hudson race-ready when the gun fires on July 25. Pretty Woman’s crew will include five sailors from the RPAYC Youth Squad of which four are from the Women’s match racing team and Tommy Spithill. Hudson and his fellow owners are keen on promoting sailing to youngsters and keeping the sport of ocean racing alive.
A known performer, Pretty Woman finished fourth overall and fourth in Division 1 in the 2015 Pittwater Coffs Race in which she finished third overall in ORCi. This boat has been extensively campaigned offshore and Hudson has won the Brisbane to Gladstone race five times, Sydney Mooloolaba race four times and Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race twice, among the 110 plus Cat 1 and 2 races he has sailed.
|Crew||A Tamawski, J Russell, J O'Keefe, M Parker, M Bennett, P Antill, S Coventry, T Spithill, W Taylor|
|Type||IC 45 MOD|