Bell said the job of who will be at the helm of Perpetual Loyal could be shared between him and Australian 2012 Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby. "Tom is a better starter than I am," Bell said. "It will probably be both of us. Pre-race, I might do it and then he might get it off the line. Most likely Tom will be doing what 'Cocko' used to do [before the race starts] and that was calling the boats in and to do that he has to have his hands completely off the wheel."
perpetual loyal- Photo Gallery: CYCA Bird Island Race - Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Perpetual LOYAL has made a big impression on Wild Oats Xi skipper Mark Richards despite suffering a defeat and six-figure sail damage in their much anticipated first showdown at Tuesday's Big Boat Challenge. The two celebrated supermaxis were the star turns in the annual 14 nautical mile sprint around Sydney Harbour. Perpetual LOYAL, which will make her Sydney to Hobart debut this year, was leading the race until she blew out a headsail in around 33 knots of breeze on the first lap.
Wild Oats XI & Perpetual LOYAL head to head in SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. Bell has once again assembled a crew who forms part of the 'who's who' of yachting, such as the return of American navigator Stan Honey and Olympic gold medallist and winning America's Cup strategist for ORACLE Team USA, Tom Slingsby,
Across the 14-nautical mile course, Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards was in control of his crew, while new challengers Perpetual Loyal, who have undergone extensive modifications to their boat, were lucky to finish the race when one of their light weather assymetrical sails split in two.