Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

'Victoire' for Vicsail and Beneteau on Sydney Harbour

by Creating Demand on 9 Dec 2012
SAILING - Beneteau Cup 2012 - 23/11/2012 photo credit: Andrea Francolini Creating Demand
Victory and success was the order of events for Vicsail and their owners participating in this year’s Vicsail Beneteau Cup. Now in its 21st year, and boasting their biggest fleet ever, it was fitting for Daryl Hodgkinson aboard 'Victoire' to take out this year’s cup ahead of a very competitive and passionate group of Beneteau owners.

45 boats entered this year’s event, with 2011 Sydney to Hobart division winner 'Victorie' joined by the largest yacht in the fleet 'Vanish Point', a Beneteau 57, with the China Cup third place-getter 'Immagination' also joining the field.



The entire fleet was shadowed by two Lagoon Catamarans taking in the fierce racing and weekend festivities.

Race one started from Elizabeth Bay and saw the fleet head up to the Sow and Pigs and back, taking just over an hour to complete. After the initial shakedown the full field of competitors then undertook race two, allowing for some serious sailing across the entered categories.

Race one was taken out by Gerry Hatton’s 'Bushranger', but with a second in race one and a third in race two, Howard Piggot and 'Flying Cloud' took out the racing on aggregate, narrowly beating 'Victorie', with 'Bushranger' a close third.

Queenslander 'Lunchtime Legend' retired from race one for making an error with the course layout, but made amends by taking out race two.

The prestigious Beneteau Cup was eventually awarded to Daryl and 'Victoire' due to their fierce racing throughout the year, their commitment recognised with the prestigious silverware.

Other winners over the weekend included Frits Mare’s 'Ocean Road' taking out the Spinnaker Division. Mike Roper’s 'Ropabull' had an eventful Cup placing last in race one but then taking the honours in race two.

Arthur Lane’s 'Ikonkoni' took out the Non-Spinnaker A division with 'Champagne on Ice' and 'Breakthrough' taking a win each. In the Non-Spinnaker B division 'No More' and 'Elusive Spirit' had a win each but it was Ian Guanaria and his crew using their first and third to take the overall win from 'Tahoe Blue' and 'Nightingale'.



Preceeding the Beneteau Cup, the First 40 fleet of Flying Cloud, Lunchtime Legend, and Breakthrough battled for the inaugural First 40 National Championship during the Sydney Short Ocean Championship in Middle Harbour.

First range product lead Eric Ingouf joined the weekend event from his base in France and was overjoyed with the turnout. 'Our First range is built specifically for this type of event, and it’s so pleasing to see such a big turnout for our brand', said Eric. 'Australia is a very important market for Beneteau and we’re in very safe hands with the passionate support of Vicsail and the loyalty and fierce competition our owners share down here.'

For more information about these events visit www.vicsailsydney.com.au/beneteau-cup or contact Cheryl at Vicsail on Tel: 02 9327 2088.

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82NaiadT Clewring J-class

Related Articles

PredictWind - One stop shop
PredictWind have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software PredictWind the world leader in forecasting believe that more is better, and have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software.
Posted on 15 Aug
Marine Resources job updates
Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Marine Resources specialises in providing expert recruitment services to the leisure marine industry worldwide. Jobseekers register your CV now to receive the latest vacancies and be matched to your ideal job. Employers choose from a variety of recruitment options which include a full consultancy service as well as a unique job advertising package.
Posted on 11 Aug
Kids Polarised Sunglasses from Barz Optics
Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Each pair are supplied with a neoprene case and sunglass retainer.
Posted on 4 Aug
Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
America's Cup - Southern Spars to build AC50 for Emirates Team NZ
Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran One of the world's leading composite engineering companies, Southern Spars has been appointed to build Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC50 wingsailed foiling catamaran for the 35th America’s Cup campaign. The move marks a shift away from Cookson Boats who have been Team New Zealand's boatbuilder since 2000. No reasons have been given for the decision to change the builder.
Posted on 24 Jul
Upffront.com - Tuff Luff and Harken Headfoils
Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems Upffront.com is a comprehensive online purchasing platform for performance sailing hardware and rigging systems; orders are processed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we deliver to customers located anywhere in the world.
Posted on 8 Jul
Barz floating sunglasses - Ideal for sailing in rough conditions
Our SAN JUAN floating model fitted with 1.1mm Acetate Lenses have a density of 0.95 GM/ML Barz floating sunglasses float in rough conditions. Most sunglasses that say they float, only float in the bathtub as once they break surface tension (or if there is any movement on top of the water)... down they go...
Posted on 7 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
11th Hour Racing to present at annual Green Sports Alliance Summit
11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit 11th Hour Racing is headed to Houston, Texas, to present at the annual Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30, the world’s largest gathering for the sports community around sustainability, including both professional and collegiate sports teams, leagues and venues.
Posted on 25 Jun