Please select your home edition
Edition
Henri Lloyd

Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship - Victoire victorious

by Di Pearson on 30 Nov 2013
VICTOIRE - Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship 2013 © Andrea Francolini / MHYC http://www.afrancolini.com/
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) is being held this weekend at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Darryl Hodgkinson and his crew on Victoire had two causes for celebration this afternoon after taking Division 1 of the Lion Island Race.


The Victoire crew stepped ashore for a quick celebratory drink after defeating their nemesis, Patrice (Tony Kirby), by one minute and seven seconds overall and local hero, Nine Dragons, Bob Cox’s DK46. It was quick as Hodgkinson’s long term principal helmsman, Sean Kirkjian, rushed away to pick up his wife and brand new baby boy Alex from hospital.

'What a way to end the day,' a thrilled Hodgkinson said. 'We’re back,' he said referring to being back at the top of the sailing pile as he was with his previous Victoire, A Beneteau 45. 'We had a quick drink to toast Sean and his new son too – I hope the fun continues tomorrow.'

The plastic surgeon purchased the former Jazz, a canting keeled Cookson 50 with attitude earlier this year and had to adjust from a fixed keel to canting. 'I’m not sure we’re fully used to it yet, but we’re getting there,' Doctor Darryl confirmed.

Victoire’s owner, who says his new boat is 'a dream,' described the day as 'wonderful,' as boat and crew thrived in the 15 knot southerly that bent east at times with 30-40 degree shifts; enough to keep everyone on their toes.


Their win over Tony Kirby’s brand new Ker 46 was also a psychological won ahead of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart in which they are both entered. 'Patrice was always going to be our main problem,' Hodgkinson admitted.

'We were about four and a half minutes in front of them at Lion Island and we took a little bit more out of them coming home – there was a nice set and we surfed to the finish. It was very intense not knowing whether we had done enough,' said Hodgkinson, after being beaten by Patrice by one place in the Cabbage Tree Island Race this month.

In Division 2, Phil Dash pulled out all stops with his Beneteau 40, Just a Dash, to claim victory over Andrew Hurt’s Sydney 36 Onya by just over two minutes. Nigel Smyth sailed his aptly named Mat 1010, Tomato, into third place, nearly two minutes behind Onya.

All SSORC results are provisional pending any protests and the outcome of such.

Although the morning was cloudy with rain showers, by 1.00pm, the sun was out, although the cool southerly breeze made it no summer picnic for competitors as they headed north for the island off Pittwater after Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson got the two divisions away on time at 10.00am.

Tomorrow, the SSORC will continue with a short offshore race, to start in the Harbour and finish offshore, followed by a quick windward/leeward sprint to decide who is the all-round master of the annual Championship.


After a tight tussle between two Adams 10’s, Jim Curtis (Another Dilemma), shut the gate on Paul Saunders at the helm of Let Loose to claim Division 1 honours in the Seven Islands Race. Curtis finished second last year, so would be pleased to be in the winner’s circle.

Stuart Jordan made the best of the fresh breeze at the helm of his Farr 30, Optimum, but could not match the speed of his rivals, however, he did pip fellow Farr 30, 2Xcess (Peter Woodhead) to the post by just one second to take third place.

'This is the first time we’ve raced at this event and the first time we’ve raced against the other Farr 30,' Jordan said.

'We started at the same time and we seemed to have a slight advantage going upwind, but we didn’t use the kite as much as we should have and they (2Xcess) clawed us back a bit. Then we both set our big kites at Middle Head and carried them almost to the finish. It was so close and a lot of fun,' Jordan ended.

In Division 2, old age and treachery once again proved superior to youth and skill when 91 year-old John Walker helmed his Peterson Three Quarter Tonner, Impecabble to take out Division 2 from two J24’s; John ‘Hector’ Crawford’s Innamincka, and Chris Lee’s Vortex

Division 3 went to Jon Short’s Beneteau 40.7, L’attitude, from Mark McLean’s Bavaria 39 Pindimara and Col Wildman’s Beneteau 43, Oarsome.

As usual, it was a hotly contested event with a handicap pursuit start of Middle Harbour Yacht Club before the yachts turned right and wended their way up Sydney Harbour past all the famous islands, including Shark and Clark Islands to Fort Denison and under the Bridge to Goat, Cockatoo, Snapper and Spectacle Islands before again passing Fort Denison and on to the finish line off MHYC.

From the finish, it was back to MHYC for the signature Beach Party and barbecue where the day’s events were relived before a live band entertained all.

For full results in the SSORC and Seven Islands Race, including divisional placings visit the event website.

Henri Lloyd 50 YearsBeneteau SAIL Oceanis 51 and 57 660x82 1Abell Point Marina 660x82 Moor

Related Articles

RORC Caribbean 600 – Day 2 – More Argyll than Antigua
After a champagne start to the race there was a huge change in weather conditions by the end of the first day. After a champagne start to the race there was a huge change in weather conditions by the end of the first day. The low pressure system emanating from the north arrived earlier than anticipated, extinguishing the trade winds to provide a windless night for many competitors.
Posted today at 3:14 pm
Vendée Globe – Rich Wilson takes thirteenth place
Wilson, at 66 years old the oldest skipper in the race, completes the pinnacle solo ocean racing event for second time. Wilson, at 66 years old the oldest skipper in the race, successfully completes the pinnacle solo ocean racing event for the second time.
Posted today at 1:40 pm
2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous at the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta
Some photos taken by LaFoto at the 2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous which was part of the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta. The 2017 Jeanneau Rendezvous was part of the inaugural Sail Peninsula Regatta from Martha Cove on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. It was a great regatta with a stern chaser race held on the Friday night, followed by a long distance race to Blairgowrie on Saturday in a glamorous five to ten knots, then finally an awesome medium distance race off Safety Beach in 25-35 knots...
Posted today at 8:47 am
Vendee Globe - Rich Wilson closing the finish line, due after midday
Rich Wilson is at just over 50 miles to the finish line of his second Vendée Globe and was making just over eight knots Rich Wilson is at just over 50 miles to the finish line of his second Vendée Globe and was making just over eight knots in a direct course for Les Sables d'Olonne. He should cross the line in 13th place in the early afternoon and has until 1530hrs local time to get into the channel.
Posted today at 7:40 am
An awe inspiring start to the RORC Caribbean 600
The ninth edition started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean The ninth edition started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. A southeasterly breeze, occasionally gusting up to 15 knots and a relatively calm sea state provided conditions for the perfect start with some close battles on the water.
Posted on 20 Feb
Maserati Multi70 trimaran starts RORC Caribbean 600 Race in Antigua
High-tech ocean racing trimaran Maserati Multi70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte The high-tech Italian ocean racing trimaran, Maserati Multi70, skippered by Giovanni Soldini crossed the start line off Fort Charlotte on the south side of the island in 10-knot westerly breeze at 11.40 local time (15.40 in Europe).
Posted on 20 Feb
Vendée Globe – Alan Roura in his own words
Alan Roura, the youngest skipper ever to compete, finished in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning in twelfth place. Alan Roura, the youngest skipper ever to compete, finished in Les Sables d'Olonne this morning in twelfth place. In spite of not sleeping for four days because of the shipping in the Bay of Biscay and the light winds, he was ready to answer questions from the many journalists present on the pontoon an at a press conference.
Posted on 20 Feb
Phaedo^3 starts RORC Caribbean 600 – images by Rachel Fallon-Langdon
Phaedo^3 stars the RORC Caribbean 600 with close competition Maserati by their side Phaedo^3 stars the RORC Caribbean 600 with close competition Maserati by their side
Posted on 20 Feb
Phaedo^3 starts RORC C600 with Maserati by their side
In what is to be predicted and lighter wind race that the norm, Phaedo^3 stated at 11.40am local Antigua time. In what is to be predicted and lighter wind race that the norm, Phaedo^3 stated at 11.40am local Antigua time. With a strong competitor Giovanni Soldini’s MOD70 Maserati close by their side, it will be a chase to the end.
Posted on 20 Feb
Vendée Globe – Conrad Colman speaks about his dismasting and battle
New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman is fighting an incredible battle to finish the race after the mast crashed down Tenacious New Zealand skipper Conrad Colman is fighting an incredible battle to finish the race after the mast of his Foresight Natural Energy crashed down on the night of Friday 10th February.
Posted on 20 Feb