Ichi Ban is Japanese for "Number One"
"This is a very interesting race for sailors. We've come to Nouméa to enjoy ourselves in a difficult race, where we'll be able to appreciate New Caledonian scenery and hospitality ".
It is with these words that Matt Allen, current Yachting Australia president, confirmed his entry. Ichi Ban, an Australian registered 18m, is designed for the high seas. Drawn by prestigious naval architects Carkeek Design Partners and built in Dubai in 2013, this vessel is a technological jewel. Sails are trimmed hydraulically. The cockpit is open, clear and refined, allowing free crew movement at high activity moments.
Matt Allen, her owner, is very experienced. He has taken part in 25 Sydney-Hobarts! His first one when he was only 18! During the last two, the former managing director of UBS Bank and former CYCA Commodore sailed Ichi Ban to sixth place overall. For owner/skipper Matt Allen "This is a wonderful occasion to compete on a completely new course, in a neighbouring country near Australia. With an expanded fleet, it will be an exiting event, ashore and afloat. It reminds me of the Kenwood Cup, raced around Hawai in 80's and 90's.