“There will likely be circumstances the place she’ll be an actual risk, so we have got our eye on her,” Allen stated.
The respect is mutual.
“Ichi Ban is among the greatest rivals … among the many TP52s, it is definitely the most effective,” stated de Turckheim, a founding father of oil-trading agency Trafigura, stated.
The identify of de Turckheim’s boat is derived from an uncommon supply.
“It comes from after we began racing a bit greater than 10 years in the past. I used to be in Key West [Florida],” he stated. “There was a road bar referred to as ‘The Teaser’, so it comes from there and that is why we all the time have women on the boat as a brand in numerous shapes and types.”
De Turckheim got here agonisingly near profitable the race in 2015, when his earlier boat below the identical identify loved sturdy winds within the first 24 hours to race down the south coast of NSW.
However issues modified when the yacht hit the notoriously fickle Derwent River.
“We arrived at two o’clock within the morning within the river. At two o’clock within the morning within the river there is no such thing as a wind,” de Turckheim stated.
“We needed to wait till seven or eight o’clock within the morning to have the ability to transfer ahead in the direction of the top. And that was it.”
On handicap, Teasing Machine completed seventh, leaving de Turckheim with unfinished enterprise.
Now he has a brand new boat, launched simply final 12 months and already examined in lengthy races.
“Now we have raced her already twice throughout the Atlantic, and the Carribean, so we have achieved fairly a little bit of a racing program,” de Turckheim stated.
Teasing Machine claimed total honours within the 2017 version of the three,000 nautical mile Royal Ocean Racing Membership Transatlantic Race from the Spanish island of Lanzarote to Grenada, off the coast of Venezuela.
However Teasing Machine’s efficiency on Boxing Day will come all the way down to the climate, as each Sydney to Hobart does.
“We’ll see how the forecast evolves, however at this stage it appears to be like like comparatively gentle wind, so that may favour extra the TP52s than us, however we are going to see the way it goes,” de Turckheim stated.
Nick is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.