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Victoire, designed by Bruce Farr, prepared by Danny McConville and her sail wardrobe supplied by MacDiarmid Sails, won the Hobart by more than an hour on corrected time from Phil Simpfendorfer's Victorian boat Veloce and by two hours from Sam Haynes' NSW boat Celestial, the German boat Varuna and Bruce Taylor's evergreen Chutzpah. Victoire crossed the finish line at 0800hours on December 29, ninth across the line, immediately behind Matt Allen's new Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban. It meant Hodgkinson won the race at his first attempt in the 50-foot fibreglass boat that he bought under the name of Jazz from her previous British owner, Chris Bull. Jazz finished second overall in the 2010 race and fourth in both 2011 and 2012. A relative latecomer to ocean racing, though not to harbour racing, Hodgkinson has a strategy to buy yachts that are proven performers and then tweak them. "Iliketobuyaboatthathasa record of winning and then I like to put my team in it," he said. That's what he did with this latest iteration of Victoire, having won his IRC division in his Beneteau 45 of the same name in 2010 and 2011. He simply took his ambitions to the next level. In 2011 he had been named Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year, then, in 2012, the Ocean Racer of the Year, after winning the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore series. To understand why Hodgkinson won this Hobart race, you must first understand the nature of the man. He is a Sydney-based plastic surgeon, specialising in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Twenty years ago he founded Operation Restore Hope, an Australian-based charity that draws on medical professionals around the world to, SKIPPER 034 CARLO BORLENGHI / ROLEX VICTORY LAP IF YOU WANT TO WIN THE ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE, TO WIN THE REAL TROPHY, THE TATTERSALL'S CUP FOR THE YACHT WITH THE BEST-CORRECTED TIME, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR METICULOUS PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF YOUR PLAN. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE A PLASTIC SURGEON BY TRADE, THOSE SKILLS ARE IN-BUILT BECAUSE THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. BY BRUCE MONTGOMERY For Sydney plastic surgeon Darryl Hodgkinson and his Cookson 50 Victoire, his win in the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart was a textbook performance by owner and crew. It was a race sailed in difficult, exacting and contrasting conditions. The planning for the successful execution of Hodgkinson's win goes back years -- and he won a year ahead of time. among other things, care for children in the Philippines with cleft lips and palates. The charity finances local plastic surgeons in the Philippines to do the work. Hodgkinson's Double Bay practice provides some of that money. It also provides the revenue for his sailing ambitions, which have accelerated in the past decade. "I really came up through the Sydney 38s," he said. "I had smaller boats, an Endeavour and a Farr 31, Bin Rouge, in which we did Hamilton Island and a Southport race. It gave me a taste of offshore racing." Inthelate90shemoveduptoaJ35 and "we were getting better". Then he met Sean Kirkjian, today his principal helmsman and one of the triumvirate, with navigator Phil Eadie, that plans the campaigns. "Sean became the mastermind," Hodgkinson said. "We tired of racing around cans. I set my sights on bigger fish."
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