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Last spot Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018

Last spot Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 onboard Monster Project


Volvo 70 Monster Project which was chartered by Yacht Club Sopot could not start in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

We regret to inform you that due to exceptional circumstances beyond the control of Yacht Club Sopot, related to the fact that the owner of the yacht Kosatka Monster Project acted culpably, such as failure to comply with the formalities related to the yacht on which the Yacht Club Sopot crew was supposed to take part in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 regatta, this yacht was not allowed to take part in the regatta.

Therefore, Yacht Club Sopot has taken legal steps to secure its claims against the owner of the yacht. The Federal Court of Australia, at the request of Yacht Club Sopot, effectively secured the yacht against future claims. 

Despite these unexpected and unforeseen difficulties, Yacht Club Sopot members have a great willingness to take on new challenges in the near future, and the club’s plans for participation in the next regatta remain unchanged.

Sail Race Crew worked with Yacht Club Sopot to complete their team. This is a big disappointment for everybody involved. Read the Official Statement YCS dec 2018

This is your unique opportunity to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 this year. We have the privilege to sell the last spot onboard Volvo 70 Monster project. Keep on reading for more information.

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 onboard Volvo 70 Monster Project
Volvo 70 Monster Project

About Monster Project a Volvo 70

The yacht was designed and built by Humphreys Yacht Design shipyards for a Russian multimillionaire who took part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009. The yacht is an innovative unit; it is very fast and characterized by high stiffness. This advanced boat made entirely of carbon fiber, which guarantees an unforgettable experience on the water.

The boat:

  • Length – 21.48 m
  • Keel – 4.59 m
  • Yacht weight – 13,800 kg
  • Top Speed – 30+
  • Width – 5.68 m
  • Keel weight – 4,900 kg
  • Sails area – total over 500m2

In the hands of a good crew it becomes a precise winning machine.

Video Monster Project Fastnet 2017

Safety rules

Qualification races are an indispensable part of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The crew and the yacht have to meet the appropriate safety requirements to be able to compete in the regatta:

  • The yacht and crew have to undergo a minimum 24-hour ocean voyage within 6 months before the start of the regatta.
  • Crew members have to undergo the Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course or its accepted equivalent (e.g. STCW)
  • A minimum of two crew members shall have a certificate confirming the first aid training course.
  • A minimum of two crew members have to be certified as the long-range radio operator.

The Yacht Club Sopot will organize all required courses in advance, and the Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course will be compulsory for all crew members.
A 24-hour qualifying race will be carried out at the coast of Australia on training days preceding the start of the regatta.

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018

The Program for the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018

  • 17 December 2018 – Monday
    Organizational procedure on a yacht in Sydney
  • 18-24 December 2018 – Tuesday – Monday Training sessions in Sydney Bay and the ocean. 24-hour qualification race
  • 24 December 2018 – Monday Christmas Eve for the Crew
  • 25 December 2018 – Tuesday Day-off
  • 26-29/30 December 2018 – Wednesday – Saturday/Sunday Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • 31 December 2018 – Monday

The regatta ending ceremony – Hobart (optional, but welcome)
New Year’s Eve for the Crew – Hobart (optional, but welcome)

Services included in the price of participation:

  • Monster Project yacht charter between 17-31.12.2018 for training, qualifying and the main race
  • Start in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • Technical and tactical support for the yacht – seven professional sailors
  • Entry fee for the participation in the regatta
  • Mooring
  • Full board during the regatta and qualifying race
  • Lunch boxes during training
  • Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival Course or equivalent
  • A set of crew clothes (depending on the manufacturer’s offer. The minimum set will consist of: shorts, light storm jacket, boots, gloves, 10 technical shirts and a bag)
  • Video material for own use
  • Two team dinners including Christmas Eve dinner
  • Insurance

The crew consists of 7 professional sailors and 12 sailors in terms of pro-am formula.

The price does not include:

  • Air travel
  • Accommodation
  • Meals outside training, qualifying race and the main race
  • Ocean suits and shoes

Send an email if you are seriously interested and receive the participation fee.

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The Crew of Monster Project

Crew Volvo 70 Monster Project
Crew Volvo 70 Monster Project


The Monster Project VO70 yacht will start in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018 under the flag of the Yacht Club Sopot. Its team will create an explosive mixture of sports championship and sailing passion.

Just a few of the pro’s:

Zbigniew “Gutek” Gutkowski – captain of the crew, skipper, yacht and motorboat
captain, diver, radio operator. The first Polish participant of the Velux 5 Ocean Race (II
place) and Vendee Globe solo round the world race. Watch captain on the Warta
Polpharma catamaran during The Race in 2000.

Liz Wardley – She made her name in the Hobie Cat 16 class, where she won numerous titles and went on to become a skipper in the Sydney to Hobart Race at the age of just 19 years. Now, she is the acknowledged expert on the Volvo Ocean Class, having spent thousands of hours racing the boat. She has three Volvo Ocean Races under her belt, having sailed onboard Amer Sports Too in 2001-02 and Team SCA in 2014-15, and Turn the Tide on Plastic in 2017-18.

Paweł Górski – trimmer, an experienced sailor with a number of sports successes, he competed in Admiral’Cup and was also a member of Polska 1 crew.

Rafał Sawicki – trimmer, tactician, project manager who is responsible for
organizational matters and for the safe course of the project. The winner of medals in
the World Championship, European and Polish Championships in various classes and

Piotr Dauksza – pitman, yacht and motorboat captain. For over 10,000 sea miles he was a skipper for single and multihull yachts. Besides, he has an experience as watch officer on STS captain Borchardt and Zawisza Czarny.

Roman Guerra – co-skipper, owner of the Monster Project yacht, with which he sailed
all the oceans of the world, taking part in the most important sea events.

The Race

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the most difficult and well-known sailing regattas. The participation in this competition is compared to the capture of Mount Everest. The host is the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in cooperation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
The start takes place on the second day of Christmas in the Sydney Bay, and the finish line is in Hobart, Tasmania. The crew has to cover 630 sea miles, and the most difficult part is the famous Bass Strait, famous for its strong winds.
In the last 72 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australian and world yachting. No regular annual sailing event in the world attracts such great media interest as Sydney Harbor during the start of the race.

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