The Yachts




Other than a couple of CYCA Winter Series races this TP52 is new to the Australian racing arena. Originally called Container, the 2011 Judel/Vrolijk design is the sistership to the original RAN and won at least one of Med Cup regattas. Owners Chris Townsend and Matt Donald have called the boat Gweilo, which is slang Cantonese for white man or ghost man, and they have the ghost livery to match.

Skipper Mike Green will lead the highly experienced team of Balance and Quest sailors and he says this TP52 has the pedigree, if they can make it do the numbers. Racing with its original sails Gweilo won’t have the sail area of the TP52 benchmark, Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban, but in an ideal breeze slot they’ll be dangerous in what will be the boat’s first bluewater hit-out.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Gweilo
Sail Number 052
Owner Matt Donald & Chris Townsend
Skipper Mike Green
Navigator Richard Grimes
Crew A Brown, A Cribb, C Townsend, C Evans, D Morris, D McPhee, M Donald, M de Montgolfier, M Slinn, N Mrdjen, S Hunt, S Moran
State NSW
Type TP 52
LOA 15.85
Beam 4.4
Draft 3.4