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rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 form guide 038 ANdREAFRANCOLINI Victoire aUs5299 Victoire is undeniably a special yacht. Darryl hodgkinson purchased the canting cookson 50 last year, and much to his and everyone else’s amazement, because he had little time to get used to his new toy, won the Rolex Sydney hobart yacht Race overall. hodgkinson set a precedent when he was named 2010/2011 Ocean Racing Rookie of the year and then Ocean Racer of the year one year on. To win the first, he finished second to Loki in the 2010/2011 Blue water Point Score (BwPS) with his earlier Victoire, a Beneteau 45. The following year, he won the BwPS, counting cabbage Tree Island and flinders Islet yacht races as wins in his tally. The Sydney eastern suburbs plastic surgeon is second placed in the present series, where only one point separates each of the top four boats, so he is still on a roll, due in no small part to helmsman/tactician Sean Kirkjian. 50+ footers Before ‘Dr Darryl’ purchased the present Victoire, Englishman chris Bull raced it as Jazz to second overall and first under ORci in the 2010 Rolex Sydney hobart and to fourth overall in 2011 and 2012. Before that, Ray Roberts added a canting mechanism to the boat he named Evolution Racing, and finished 17th overall in the 2009 Rolex Sydney hobart, for second in Division O behind line honours victor, Alfa Romeo. This year, Victoire will contest a race within a race when it takes on the two other cookson 50’s; colin woods’ Pretty Fly III (finished fourth overall and second overall under ORci in 2010), and Nicholas Bartels’ non-canting Terra Firma from victoria, which last raced to hobart in 2010 and finished 12th overall. OneSails Racing aUs8899 This is the ex-Living Doll, now rebadged OneSails Racing by new owner, Ray Roberts, who has not contested the race since finishing second in Division 0 in 2009 with the yacht now known as Victoire. The Sydneysider has not been idle though, winning all before him on the Asian circuit for the past few seasons. Roberts is readying the farr 55 for his return to the Rolex Sydney hobart, the race he would love to win after 19 attempts. It is a possibility with this boat. As Living Doll, former owner Michael hiatt contested four hobarts with a best result of second overall in 2011. It retired in 2012 when the rudder broke and they were taking in water mid Bass Strait. It should have won far more events, but suffered a litany of breakages. It is perfect for Roberts, who enjoys the challenge of bringing good boats up to scratch and winning races before on-selling. Named 2006 Ocean Racer of the year, Roberts’ (‘hollywood’ to sailing mates), sailing career spans Olympic campaigning in the Soling class to representing at the Admiral’s and Kenwood cups, Sydney hobart and other major events in Australia and overseas. he has taken the Asian circuit by storm, winning a fifth consecutive Royal Langkawi International Regatta in Malaysia in 2010, being named 2009-10 ‘Asian yachting champion Skipper and yacht of the year’, to becoming the Singapore Straits Regatta champion in 2011 and winning his fourth Kings cup in Phuket in December 2013. Roberts has reunited with his former tactician, Steve Mcconaghy for this campaign and recruited 37 hobart veteran Michael Spies, co-skipper of the 1999 hobart line honours victor Nokia, and 1993 overall winner, First National Real Estate. Caro cay65 Caro is the first Rolex Sydney hobart entry from the cayman Islands and Mark Bartlett has re-enlisted skipper, Max Klink, who drove the Botin 65 to a record smashing run in the 2013 ARc, sailing across the Atlantic from Las Palmas de gran canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. Caro finished in 10 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds, taking 8 hours 7 minutes and 20 seconds off Capricorno’s 2006 record. Navigating Caro was Tom Addis, who is aboard Perpetual Loyal for the 70th edition of the cycA’s Sydney hobart. Caro retains a strong crew, including Michael ‘Michi’ Mueller, a versatile helmsman, trimmer and bowman from 2008-09 vOR second placegetter Puma. Mueller was also the youngest member of Team Germany in the 2009 edition of the challenger Series for the America’s cup. Caro finished fifth overall in the RORc caribbean in february. Designed for ocean racing and built in germany in 14 months using the latest in technology, she only needs six to eight to sail her, despite her size. conversely, she is fully equipped with all mod cons for cruising. Ichi Ban aUs01 Eighth on line, eighth overall and third in Division 1 in the 2013 Rolex Sydney hobart a month after her launch was a solid result for Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban. The yachting Australia president was not happy with the result. his hobart record already included second on line in 2006 and third in 2007 and in 2008, with overall results of fourth in 2006 and fifth in 2007 with his former volvo 70, Ichi Ban. Allen has continued racing and refining his carkeek 60, recently installing a new rudder. “we’ve tested it and it will make a huge difference; it’s a totally different boat to sail,” Allen said. One of Ichi Ban’s rivals will be Caro, whose designer Botin used to be in a design partnership with Ichi ROLEX/dANIELFORsTER rACe wiThin A rACe Victoire will take on two other Cookson 50’s this year: Pretty Fly III and Terra Firma. AsiAn ODyssey OneSails Racing formerly Living Doll, has experienced recent success in races throughout Asia.
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