The Yachts

Highly Sprung

Highly Sprung
Category Placing
IRC - Div 2 1
ORCi 3
ORCi - Div 2 1
PHS - Div 2 2
Line Honours 8
IRC - Fleet 6
ORCi - Fleet 5
PHS - Fleet 3
Line Honours - Fleet 8
* Click on the categories for full standings


Well-named Highly Sprung is owned by 2020 Ocean Racer Rookie of the year, Mark Spring, who purchased the Beneteau First 45 in 2018.  In 2019, Highly Sprung scooped IRC, ORCI and was second over the line in the Pittwater to Paradise race.  Spring scored second place in IRC and ORCI division in his first full year of racing in the 2019 Blue Water Pointscore.  That year, he placed 44th in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.  The former Lady Courrier/Balance/Peugeot Surfrider did her first Hobart in 2008, and her then French owner placed 37th overall.  Paul Clitheroe bought her and placed 62nd in 2009, 18th in 2011 and 37th in 2013.  Chartered in 2012, she placed 21st as Peugeot Surfrider.  This is the third Highly Sprung for Spring, who has done just the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart, and he is still in awe of this famous race.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Highly Sprung
Sail Number AUS7771
Owner Mark Spring
Skipper Mark Spring (1)
Navigator Patrick St John
Crew Andrew Pearson (19), Craig Banister, Stuart Milne, Phil Peterson, Greg Burke, Tanguy Fournier (2), Matt Lumsdaine, Anthony Bruce (7), Scott Poole, Jeremy Goodall, Timothy Longstaff
State NSW
Club Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Type Beneteau First 45
Designer Philipe Briand
Builder Beneteau Yachts
Construction GRP
LOA 13.7
Beam 4.2
Draft 2.7