One of the most beautiful boats in the race, Love & War is a Sparkman & Stephens 47- footer, built in 1973 for owner Peter Kurts. In a long, impressive career the boat was overall winner of the Sydney Hobart race in 1974 and 1978 and represented Australia in the Admiral's Cup in 1975. In her prime, she won most of the principle offshore races along Australia's east coast. Love & War is typical of her era, with 'tumblehome' (where the beam of the boat is wider below the deck rather than at the deck level), a pointed bow and stern and she still is very 'original' with swaths of varnished teak down below, giant stainless steel winches, Tufnol blocks, an alloy rig - all massive bulletproof gear, typical of her vintage. The only acknowledgement of the 21st century is in her instruments.