Thanks to a generous donation by wotif.com co-founder Graeme Wood, the Making Waves Foundation has been gifted a high performance Nelson Marek designed TP52 yacht. The Making Waves Foundation team can now race in the IRC division, including the Sydney Hobart race, having raced in the PHS division since 1994. As well as the racing program, WOT EVA is used for the Training and our sailing programs NSW and QLD.
The first generation of TP52s was designed specifically for the Transpac Race from San Diego to Hawaii and racing down to Mexico from the U.S. West Coast. The design criteria stated that they should be lightweight and simple, with maximum headroom below decks.
Wot Eva was the very first TP52 to be built under the new TP52 box rule. Originally named Yassou, it was designed by Bruce Nelson & Bruce Marek (Nelson Marek design) and built by Goetz at Bristol, Rhode Island in 2001.
Jim Demetriades, owner of Yassou, raced at the Transpac race in 2001 as well as in numerous races to Mexico. Yassou dominated every buoy race series on the West Coast in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
"Yassou's hull form is quite different from the other 52's, and is based largely on our Open40 design developmental research of several years ago. The result is a hull with more volume near the ends and less amidships when heeled, which translates into more length and speed in breeze. Offwind, all the 52's seem pretty similar in speed, but power reaching and upwind Yassou has a decisive edge."
Yassou suffered a major structural failure to her hull on a delivery back from Mexico in 2002. The causes of the failure remain mysterious, though the crew claimed not to have hit anything. Goetz repaired the hull with 2 new carbon panels and Yassou continued to be the fastest TP52 upwind in all conditions until 2004.
Yassou originally had a spinnaker pole, hydraulic backstay and secondary winches for peels and in-line changes. The original paint job was pale blue, which can be seen around the stanchion bases on Wot Eva, where the marine paint is worn out.
In 2006, Yassou was purchased by John Buchan and renamed Glory, but not before a five-week refit of the yacht at Goetz, to convert it into a 2006 generation TP52. Modifications were made to the bow and stern, and the keel fin re-machined and topmast stiffness increased. The backstay hydraulics were removed and converted to a winch-controlled backstay, leading to the addition of two winches at the back. The secondary sets of winches were also removed.
Glory was raced at the inaugural 2006 Rolex TP52 Global Championships and proved highly competitive with the 2005 designs placing 8th.
In mid 2006, Graeme Wood purchased Glory and renamed it Wot Yot. It was the first TP52 to be imported to Australia. In 2007 a bowsprit was added, replacing the symmetrical spinnaker configuration.
Wot Yot achieved excellent results in the CYCA's Bluewater Point score and raced to Hobart three times with the following line honours / IRC results; 2006 5th & 10th, 2007 9th & 9th and 2008 16th & 13th.
After ceasing offshore racing, Wot Yot was generously donated to the Making Waves Foundation in September 2010 and officially launched as Wot Eva in December 2010.
The latest TP52 box rules allow for wider beam and transoms making them even quicker than the first generation (e.g. Hooligan ex ETNZ). However Wot Eva remains extremely competitive with her lower IRC rating of 1.333 as demonstrated by it's recent IRC results.
|Sail number:||6953||Keel:||Fin with 5000 Kg bulb|
|Moored:||CYCA, Rushcutters Bay||Construction:||Carbon|
|Boat type:||TP52 (Generation 1)||Mast/Rig:||Carbon 9/10 with twin swept back spreaders and rod rigging. Carbon boom.|
|Design:||Nelson Marek||Engine:||Yanmar (rebuilt 2008) with sail drive and 2-blade folding prop|
|Builder:||Goetz||Fuel:||120 L diesel|
|Launch year:||2001||Deck Gear:||Harken race package with single pedestal Set-up (6 speeds) and 8 winches.|
|Previous names:||Yassou, Glory & Wot Yot||Crew:||Up to 15 for IRC racing|
|L.O.A.:||15.85 m (52”)||Accommodation:||10 pipe cots|
|Beam:||4.18 m||Mainsail:||Hoods D4 88 sqm.|
|Draft:||3.17 m||Jib:||Norths 3DL 60 sqm.|
|Weight (empty):||7448 Kg||Spinnaker:||Doyle A2 260 sqm. (biggest)|
|IRC max displacement:||8431 Kg|