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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Loki announced handicap winner

'LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki was announced the handicap winner at 8:40 this morning (local time).

At a presentation on board their white four year old Reichel Pugh 63 footer, Ainsworth and his crew were presented with a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece by Patrick Boutellier of Rolex Australia and the much coveted Tattersall’s Cup, for winning IRC handicap honours, by Garry Linacre, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and Graham Taplin, Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

Stephen Ainsworth, owner of LOKI, Overall Handicap winner, with Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92403   Click Here to view large photo

'We are elated, it is a fantastic feeling, a huge thrill to win this race,' said a jubilant Ainsworth. 'Having done 14 races, I know how hard it is to win this race. I have been trying for a long time. So many things have to go right for you and the wind gods were with us. Our race went extremely well. The aim for the navigators was to avoid stopping and we successfully did that, although we came close a couple of times. Look at what happened to Wild Oats XI - that could easily have happened to us.'

The present Loki was launched three years ago after Ainsworth’s previous boat was lost after she was abandoned in severe conditions when her rudder broke during the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea. The new boat was built for offshore racing and specifically to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart. This was Ainsworth and his crew’s fourth attempt in the latest Loki.

Ainsworth and Loki are one of the most successful teams racing in Australia at present. Last year they won the Australian IRC Championship, the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and this year Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Personally, this month Ainsworth was voted the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s joint Ocean Racer of the Year.

Overall Handicap Winner, LOKI crew with Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92403   Click Here to view large photo

Typically they sail offshore with 18 crew and of these only one third are professional, led by Irish Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Gordon Maguire. On board typically Maguire helms while Ainsworth trims the main sheet. The other pros on board for the Rolex Sydney Hobart included other much capped round the world race sailors Anthony Merrington, Jeff Scott and sailmaker Alby Pratt, while a regular with Ainsworth is his long term navigator Michael Bellingham.

However, Maguire points out that many of their ‘amateur’ crew are among the most talented sailors in Australia. 'We have really good sailors from all walks of life. It is more rewarding when you line up against fully pro crews.'

For the Rolex Sydney Hobart this year, Loki was fitted with a new, bigger mainsail and for the first time they had an on board weather expert to assist Bellingham in the form of British navigator Will Best.

Overall Handicap Winner, LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92403 Arrigo  

According to Maguire, during the race they were always in contention, but down the east coast of Tasmania the 100ft maxis had stretched away. 'They were getting out to 120 miles in front of us and at that distance it was hard to stay in touch on handicap. But they parked up at Tasman Island and that brought us right back into them. We took 60 miles out of them that morning. So the handicap win came when the big boats parked up. We were always very confident that we had time on the boats behind us, particularly with how the weather patterns were going to shape up from halfway down the east coast to the finish.'

Ainsworth said Loki would return to the Rolex Sydney Hobart next year to defend her title.

Meanwhile for today’s finishers the pace had distinctly slowed. Over 11 and a half hours, last night and into this morning, just one boat arrived as the water turned to glass on Storm Bay and the Derwent River leading up to Hobart.

Darryl Hodgkinson, skipper of the Beneteau First 45 Victoire summed it up best: 'I thought it was going to be carbon copy of last year’s where we sat in the Derwent. This year we actually camped in Derwent! The last miles from the Tasman Light to the finish typically takes six to seven hours, on this occasion it took 15.

AFR MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, Ed Psaltis - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex-Daniel Forster?nid=92403  

Ed Psaltis, co-owner of AFR Midnight Rambler arrived in Hobart suffering from an infected arm and unhappy with their performance. 'It was very disappointing, our race. We made a few wrong choices. Entering Bass Strait we were in good shape against all the opposition and doing well overall, but we found a hole [in the wind] bigger that anyone else did and we sat there for six hours going nowhere. We also had northerly, adverse current in Bass Strait so we did very well going the wrong way.'

Between two scheds AFR Midnight Rambler lost 25 miles, but once the wind turned favourable and they could set the kite on their new Ker 40, they managed to make up the deficit. Then they too had a slow finish. 'It was probably the slowest passage I’ve had from Tasman Light to the finish – and this is a pretty quick boat. But that’s how it is,' said Psaltis. 'Next year it will be a lot better than it was this year.'

ELLA BACHE arriving in Hobart with Jessica Watson and the youngest ever crew to contest the race - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  © Rolex- Kurt?nid=92403 Arrigo  

This afternoon the marina of Constitution Dock was packed five deep with spectators waiting patiently for the arrival of 18 year-old Australian solo sailor Jessica Watson. Since 2010 when she became the youngest person ever to have completed a singlehanded voyage non-stop around the world, Watson has become a media sensation in Australia.
In this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Watson achieved her ambition to lead the youngest crew ever to compete in the race. She and her seven crew - among them fellow youth solo round the world sailor, Britain’s Mike Perham – raced in the Sydney 38 class aboard the pink hulled Ella Baché Another Challenge.

'It was really, really good, everything you would expect,' said Watson upon her arrival. 'We had three quite bouncy nights on the nose. We didn’t see any severe conditions, but there was some pretty uncomfortable stuff for quite a while there.'

Having previously sailed on her own, Watson was full of praise for her crew. 'The crew were awesome. It was the best sailing we’ve ever seen them do. It’s what we have been training for and they did exactly that. Everyone did an amazing job. All credit to them – I just held on for the ride.'

Her round the world voyage also didn’t involve competition, something which she seems to have relished in this Rolex Sydney Hobart. 'The last leg in was amazing, some really close racing with the Sydney 38 fleet, changing positions all the time. Then to come in second was just awesome. It was as good as anyone could hope for. We had a really close battle with The Goat.' She added: 'The race wouldn’t have been the same if we didn’t have that close boat-on-boat racing.' Watson was especially pleased to have beaten their coaches, sailing on Deloitte As One.

Kiss Goodbye to MS - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 -  Michael Kai Photography  

Since lunch time, boats have been flooding into Hobart, with 26 arriving between 13:23 (local time) and the latest arrival at 17:24 of Tony Warren’s Kiss Goodbye to MS, the 49th finisher. 28 boats remain still racing with John Bankart’s Eressea, bringing up the rear, some 137 miles from the finish.

Standings at race time 04:08:40 - 30 December 2011, 9:40pm

 

EST. ELAPSED

YACHT NAME

LAT 

LONG 

DTG 

SOG 

COG 

TIME & SPEED


LINE HONOURS Overall

1

Investec Loyal

Finished  

02:06:14:18  

11.6  

     

  

 

Anthony Bell (2) NSW

  

28 Dec, 7:14pm  

 

2

Wild Oats XI

Finished  

02:06:17:26  

11.6  

     

  

 

Mark Richards (9) NSW

  

28 Dec, 7:17pm  

 

3

Lahana

Finished  

02:12:34:26  

10.4  

     

  

 

Peter Millard (2) NSW

  

29 Dec, 1:34am  

 

4

Loki

Finished  

02:14:20:38  

10.1  

     

  

 

Stephen Ainsworth (13) NSW

  

29 Dec, 3:20am  

 

5

Hugo Boss

Finished  

02:16:38:38  

9.7  

     

  

 

Alex Thomson (2) UK

  

29 Dec, 5:38am  

 

6

Living Doll

Finished  

02:19:46:05  

9.3  

     

  

 

Michael Hiatt (6) VIC

  

29 Dec, 8:46am  

 

7

Ichi Ban

Finished  

02:19:58:00  

9.2  

     

  

 

Matt Allen (22) NSW

  

29 Dec, 8:58am  

 

8

Calm

Finished  

02:23:42:55  

8.8  

     

  

 

Jason Van der Slot (6) VIC

  

29 Dec, 12:42pm  

 

9

Jazz

Finished  

02:23:53:56  

8.7  

     

  

 

Chris Bull (4) NSW

  

29 Dec, 12:53pm  

 

10

Ragamuffin

Finished  

03:00:04:42  

8.7  

     

  

 

Syd Fischer (42) NSW

  

29 Dec, 1:04pm  

 

11

Scarlet Runner

Finished  

03:03:10:44  

8.4  

     

  

 

Robert Date (3) VIC

  

29 Dec, 4:10pm  

 

12

Brindabella

Finished  

03:03:27:00  

8.3  

     

  

 

Jim Cooney (1) NSW

  

29 Dec, 4:27pm  

 

13

Cougar II

Finished  

03:05:37:32  

8.1  

     

  

 

Anthony Lyall (10) TAS

  

29 Dec, 6:37pm  

 

14

Shogun

Finished  

03:06:27:56  

8.0  

     

  

 

Rob Hanna (5) VIC

  

29 Dec, 7:27pm  

 

15

Southern Excellence

Finished  

03:08:15:18  

7.8  

     

  

 

Andrew Wenham (5) NSW

  

29 Dec, 9:15pm  

 

16

Strewth

Finished  

03:09:25:50  

7.7  

     

  

 

Geoff Hill (14) Hong Kong

  

29 Dec, 10:25pm  

 

17

Vamp

Finished  

03:13:48:55  

7.3  

     

  

 

Peter Wrigley NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:48am  

 

18

Optimus Prime

Finished  

03:22:50:52  

6.6  

     

  

 

Trevor Taylor (3) WA

  

30 Dec, 11:50am  

 

19

Knee Deep

Finished  

03:22:51:23  

6.6  

     

  

 

Philip Childs (4) WA

  

30 Dec, 11:51am  

 

20

Victoire

Finished  

03:22:52:47  

6.6  

     

  

 

Darryl Hodgkinson (1) NSW

  

30 Dec, 11:52am  

 

21

Merit

Finished  

03:22:55:28  

6.6  

     

  

 

Leo Rodriguez (3) QLD

  

30 Dec, 11:55am  

 

22

AFR Midnight Rambler

Finished  

03:22:58:15  

6.6  

     

  

 

Ed Psaltis (30) NSW

  

30 Dec, 11:58am  

 

23

Balance

Finished  

03:23:06:31  

6.6  

     

  

 

Paul Clitheroe (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 12:06pm  

 

24

Chutzpah

Finished  

04:00:23:37  

6.5  

     

  

 

Bruce Taylor (30) VIC

  

30 Dec, 1:23pm  

 

25

Ocean Affinity

Finished  

04:00:35:52  

6.5  

     

  

 

Stewart Lewis (6) QLD

  

30 Dec, 1:35pm  

 

26

NSC Mahligai

Finished  

04:00:56:06  

6.5  

     

  

 

Murray Owen (5) NSW

  

30 Dec, 1:56pm  

 

27

Minerva

Finished  

04:00:59:33  

6.5  

     

  

 

Edward Cox (1) NSW

  

30 Dec, 1:59pm  

 

28

Cadibarra 8

Finished  

04:01:00:14  

6.5  

     

  

 

Paul Roberts (8) VIC

  

30 Dec, 2:00pm  

 

29

Wasabi

Finished  

04:01:09:20  

6.5  

     

  

 

Bruce McKay (2) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:09pm  

 

30

St Jude

Finished  

04:01:12:42  

6.5  

     

  

 

Noel Cornish (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:12pm  

 

31

Patrice Six

Finished  

04:01:17:23  

6.5  

     

  

 

Tony Kirby (27) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:17pm  

 

32

Last Tango

Finished  

04:01:25:09  

6.4  

     

  

 

Phillip King (14) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:25pm  

 

33

Two True

Finished  

04:01:26:02  

6.4  

     

  

 

Andrew Saies (6) SA

  

30 Dec, 2:26pm  

 

34

TSA Management

Finished  

04:01:31:55  

6.4  

     

  

 

Tony Levett (6) NSW

  

30 Dec, 2:31pm  

 

35

Dump Truck

Finished  

04:01:32:03  

6.4  

     

  

 

Justin Wells (4) TAS

  

30 Dec, 2:32pm  

 

36

Lunchtime Legend

Finished  

04:01:36:51  

6.4  

     

  

 

Robbo Robertson (10) QLD

  

30 Dec, 2:36pm  

 

37

Ella Bache

Finished  

04:02:12:58  

6.4  

     

  

 

Jessica Watson NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:12pm  

 

38

The Goat

Finished  

04:02:16:41  

6.4  

     

  

 

Bruce Foye (11) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:16pm  

 

39

Jazz Player

Finished  

04:02:24:57  

6.4  

     

  

 

Andrew Lawrence (2) VIC

  

30 Dec, 3:24pm  

 

40

Wild Rose

Finished  

04:02:26:28  

6.4  

     

  

 

R Hickman (34) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:26pm  

 

41

Dodo

Finished  

04:02:39:57  

6.4  

     

  

 

Adrian Dunphy (9) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:39pm  

 

42

Papillon

Finished  

04:02:42:35  

6.4  

     

  

 

Phil Molony (21) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:42pm  

 

43

Deloitte As One

Finished  

04:02:43:47  

6.4  

     

  

 

Chris Lewin (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 3:43pm  

 

44

L'ange De Milon

Finished  

04:02:45:15  

6.4  

     

  

 

Jacques Pelletier (1) France

  

30 Dec, 3:45pm  

 

45

Whistler

Finished  

04:02:52:44  

6.4  

     

  

 

David Rees (14) TAS

  

30 Dec, 3:52pm  

 

46

Icefire

Finished  

04:03:19:43  

6.3  

     

  

 

Peter Tucker NSW

  

30 Dec, 4:19pm  

 

47

One For The Road

Finished  

04:03:24:41  

6.3  

     

  

 

Kym Butler (3) NSW

  

30 Dec, 4:24pm  

 

48

The Banshee

Finished  

04:04:06:53  

6.3  

     

  

 

Corinne Feldmann (1) &

Rob Francis (4) NSW

  

30 Dec, 5:06pm  

 

49

Kiss Goodbye to MS

Finished  

04:04:24:04  

6.3  

     

  

 

Tony Warren (3) VIC

  

30 Dec, 5:24pm  

 

50

Quetzalcoatl

Finished  

04:05:27:38  

6.2  

     

  

 

Antony Sweetapple (8) NSW

  

30 Dec, 6:27pm  

 

51

Patrice IV

Finished  

04:05:31:34  

6.2  

     

  

 

Shane Wiseman SA

  

30 Dec, 6:31pm  

 

52

Willyama

Finished  

04:06:11:38  

6.1  

     

  

 

Richard Barron (10) NSW

  

30 Dec, 7:11pm  

 

53

Mondo

Finished  

04:06:17:53  

6.1  

     

  

 

Ray Sweeney (2) QLD

  

30 Dec, 7:17pm  

 

54

Sweethart

Finished  

04:06:37:42  

6.1  

     

  

 

Laurence Pidgeon (4) QLD

  

30 Dec, 7:37pm  

 

55

Carina

Finished  

04:06:42:27  

6.1  

     

  

 

Rives Potts USA

  

30 Dec, 7:42pm  

 

56

Mille Sabords

Finished  

04:06:48:14  

6.1  

     

  

 

Stephane Howarth (1) VIC

  

30 Dec, 7:48pm  

 

57

LMR Solar

Finished  

04:07:30:30  

6.1  

     

  

 

Michael Martin (3) NSW

  

30 Dec, 8:30pm  

 

58

Outrageous Fortune

Finished  

04:07:44:38  

6.1  

     

  

 

Quintin Fowler New Zealand

  

30 Dec, 8:44pm  

 

59

Menace

42° 57' S 

147° 23' E 

4.8  

5.3  

0  

04:09:27:15  

6.0  

     

  

 

Niven James (1) NSW

3nm S of John Garrow Shoal  

30 Dec, 10:27pm  

 

60

Shepherd Centre

42° 57' S 

147° 23' E 

4.8  

5.5  

0  

04:09:26:33  

6.0  

     

  

 

Hugh Torode (3) NSW

3nm S of John Garrow Shoal  

30 Dec, 10:26pm  

 

61

Flying Fish Arctos

43° 00' S 

147° 23' E 

7.2  

4.3  

351  

04:09:51:04  

5.9  

     

  

 

John Naylor NSW

4nm N of Iron Pot  

30 Dec, 10:51pm  

 

62

Samurai Jack

43° 00' S 

147° 23' E 

7.5  

5.2  

348  

04:09:50:37  

5.9  

     

  

 

Michael Lazzarini (1) QLD

4nm N of Iron Pot  

30 Dec, 10:50pm  

 

63

Martela

43° 09' S 

147° 35' E 

20.4  

2.3  

338  

04:13:07:34  

5.8  

     

  

 

Anthony Williams (4) TAS

9nm SE of Iron Pot  

31 Dec, 2:07am  

 

64

Copernicus

43° 12' S 

147° 40' E 

25.2  

5.2  

307  

04:13:20:16  

5.7  

     

  

 

Greg Zyner (4) NSW

6nm NW of Cape Raoul  

31 Dec, 2:20am  

 

65

Wave Sweeper

43° 15' S 

147° 46' E 

30.8  

6.1  

290  

04:14:08:29  

5.7  

     

  

 

Andrey Arbuzov (1) NSW

1nm SW of Cape Raoul  

31 Dec, 3:08am  

 

66

Nutcracker

43° 15' S 

147° 46' E 

30.9  

6.6  

283  

04:14:11:55  

5.7  

     

  

 

Robert Davis /

David Clancy VIC

1nm SW of Cape Raoul  

31 Dec, 3:11am  

 

67

Chancellor

43° 16' S 

147° 52' E 

34.8  

5.1  

270  

04:15:29:25  

5.6  

     

  

 

Ted Tooher (6) NSW

4nm SE of Cape Raoul  

31 Dec, 4:29am  

 

68

Bacardi

43° 19' S 

147° 54' E 

37.5  

5.1  

227  

04:16:39:43  

5.6  

     

  

 

Martin Power (9) VIC

6nm SE of Cape Raoul  

31 Dec, 5:39am  

 

69

Kioni

43° 11' S 

148° 05' E 

45.4  

5.6  

205  

04:17:11:16  

5.6  

     

  

 

Rowan McColl (5) NSW

5nm NE of Tasman Island  

31 Dec, 6:11am  

 

70

Fullynpushing

43° 04' S 

148° 10' E 

53.3  

3.4  

219  

04:19:54:06  

5.4  

     

  

 

Andrew Griffiths VIC

13nm NE of Tasman Island  

31 Dec, 8:54am  

 

71

She

43° 04' S 

148° 11' E 

54.0  

3.3  

223  

04:19:31:30  

5.4  

     

  

 

Peter Rodgers (16) NSW

13nm NE of Tasman Island  

31 Dec, 8:31am  

 

72

Aurora

43° 01' S 

148° 09' E 

55.3  

4.6  

185  

04:19:27:23  

5.4  

     

  

 

Jim Holley (23) NSW

15nm NE of Tasman Island  

31 Dec, 8:27am  

 

73

Natelle Two

42° 57' S 

148° 06' E 

58.5  

6.5  

185  

04:17:01:27  

5.6  

     

  

 

Laura Roper TAS

18nm N of Tasman Island  

31 Dec, 6:01am  

 

74

Not Negotiable

42° 39' S 

148° 22' E 

79.7  

6.6  

201  

04:19:47:00  

5.4  

     

  

 

John Rayner TAS

9nm E of Maria Island  

31 Dec, 8:47am  

 

75

Nemesis

42° 38' S 

148° 54' E 

94.3  

9.1  

212  

04:20:38:36  

5.4  

     

  

 

Jeffery Taylor (1) USA

30nm SE of Cape Sonnerat  

31 Dec, 9:38am  

 

76

Maluka Of Kermandie

42° 23' S 

148° 42' E 

100.9  

8.3  

206  

04:21:54:00  

5.3  

     

  

 

Peter Langman NSW

16nm E of Cape Sonnerat  

31 Dec, 10:54am  

 

77

Eressea

42° 15' S 

148° 40' E 

106.8  

8.6  

218  

04:21:52:30  

5.3  

     

  

 

John Bankart (4) QLD

15nm E of Cape Sonnerat  

31 Dec, 10:52am  

 

 

Accenture Yeah Baby

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Marc Ryckmans (5) NSW

  

  

 

 

Alacrity

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Chris Percy QLD

  

  

 

 

Alchemy III

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Jarrod Ritchie (1) TAS

  

  

 

 

Celestial

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Sam Haynes (1) NSW

  

  

 

 

ColorTile

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Warren Buchan (1) NSW

  

  

 

 

Duende

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Damien Parkes (24) NSW

  

  

 

 

Elektra

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Peter Gregory NSW

  

  

 

 

Ffreefire 52

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Anthony Day Hong Kong

  

  

 

 

Illusion

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Christopher Bowling (17) NSW

  

  

 

 

Pretty Fly III

Retired - at Port  

         

  

 

Colin Woods (5) NSW

  

  

 

 

Wild Thing

Retired - at Port