URM Group looks to defend

URM Group looks to defend

URM Group looks to defend

Every sport has a niche, a small group of competitors that raise the bar, defy the odds of what is possible, and change people’s perceptions of where the limit of performance lies. Running has ultra trail running, car racing has Paris-Dakar, and the world of sailing has offshore maxi yachts. These colossal vessels are at the front end of the crewed offshore racing in Australia, push the boundaries of what is achievable on the open water.

Their sleek designs and advanced technology make them something special to behold, whether slicing through the waves in high-stakes events like the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race or embarking on transoceanic voyages, such as the Trans-Tasman Yacht Race, that test the mettle of even the most seasoned sailors.

URM Group

URM Group, a Reichel/Pugh-designed 72-foot maxi yacht, is a formidable contender in the world of offshore racing. Owned by Anthony Johnston and helmed by skipper Marcus Ashley-Jones, URM Group has carved out a reputation for excellence and competitiveness. The yacht has achieved notable successes, including second overall in the RSHYR, overall honours in the Noakes  Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and the Flinders Islet Race as well as second place in Line Honours for both events and the Tollgate Islands Race. With a high-calibre team, URM Group is well-equipped for the challenges of this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

URM Group's recent accolades also include leading the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore for 2023 and claiming victory in the Mini Maxi Division at the 2022 Australian Maxi Championship. This yacht, known for its speed and advanced design, consistently pushes the limits of performance in offshore racing. As URM Group prepares for the upcoming races, its impressive track record and experienced crew make it a standout competitor, poised to achieve even greater success in the fiercely competitive world of maxi yacht racing.

Much like the two other competitors, URM Group is no stranger to the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. After taking out last year’s overall victory in this race, the crew of the 72-foot rocket is once again set on landing the top spot.