Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
SEAMARK 012 Sydney plastic surgeon Darryl Hodgkinson was named the Ocean Racer of the Year by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in December at a gala cocktail party. The CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards recognise yachting excellence for the 12 month period from July 2011- July 2012. Hodgkinson, the owner of Victoire, a Beneteau 45, was named the Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year in the 2010/2011 season and has since gone from strength to strength. 'Dr. Darryl', as he is known by some at the club, won the CYCA's 2011 Blue Water Pointscore Series from Ragamuffin by five points, having won the Cabbage Tree Island and Flinders Islet yacht races and finished first in IRC Division 3 in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart. The yachtsman also claimed the Class B win in the Audi IRC Australian OCEAN RACER OF THE YEAR Dr. Darryl takes home the top award What a difference a year makes, from Rookie to Ocean Racer, Victo i r e owner Darryl Hodgkinson took home the Ocean Racer of the Year Award. Championship, inclusive of a third place at Audi Victoria Week, second in the Sydney Harbour Regatta, and a win in his division in both the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. In other awards, Gail Harland was presented with the Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year by Sally's sister Anne Gordon. Harland showed true dedication as a crew member of Tony Kirby's X-41 Patrice Six since returning to sailing with the boat three years ago, although she raced successfully with Kirby previously on other people's yachts. "She is a highly skilled sail trimmer who will grind the winch harder and longer than most of my so-called strong crewmen," Tony Kirby revealed in nominating the Sydney Micro Scientific Officer at the Royal North Shore Hospital. ON THE PODIUM Above left: Commodore Howard Piggott presents Darryl Hodgkinson with the Ocean Racer of the Year trophy; Above right: Phil Eadie, Gail Harland, Justin Wells and Darryl Hodgkinson join the winners circle. "She is always one of the first on deck and the last to leave during our many (and sometimes rough) nights at sea -- all without complaint." Harland had completed 17 Sydney Hobarts prior to the 2012 race and is second only to former award winner Adrienne Cahalan, who has contested 20 Hobarts. Tasmanian Justin Wells was named the Ocean Racing Rookie of the Year. Since purchasing the Ker 11.3, Dump Truck (formerly Tow Truck), in 2010, Wells and co-owner Edward Fader have scored good offshore results. Under Wells' guidance, Dump Truck finished the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart 35th overall, and finished second in IRC Division 2 despite being at the mercy of uncongenial winds. Dump Truck was also the first boat under 40 feet to cross the finish line. Wells (skippering) and Fader won the 2011-2012 combined clubs Offshore Championship overall and placed third in PHS in Tasmania. In late October 2012 she finished second overall to fellow Taswegian and Hobart competitor, Martela, in the Isle of Caves Race, won the Bay of Fires race in mid-October, was second in IRC in the Maria Island Race in November 2011 and won Group 1 IRC division in the Betsey Island Race in January from Rolex Sydney Hobart rivals Whistler (David Rees) and Cougar II. For the second time Syd Fischer was named the Ocean Veteran of the Year. Fischer needs no introduction -- he has been named the CYCA Blue Water champion a record nine times, with multiple podium places throughout the years. He has also been named Ocean Racer of the Year four times and completed his 49th offshore season in 2011/2012. At 85, last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart was his 44th journey south. Victoire navigator Phil Eadie was also named Ocean Racing Navigator of the Year.
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