After 14 attempts, a delighted Stephen Ainsworth has staked claim on the historic Tattersall’s Cup with his McConaghy built Reichel/Pugh 63’ Loki, adding the Rolex Sydney Hobart handicap victory to a brimming trophy cabinet.
Loki, Stephen Ainsworth - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
'We are elated, it is a fantastic feeling, a huge thrill to win this race,' said a jubilant Ainsworth. 'I know how hard it is to win this race. I have been trying for a long time!'
Overall Handicap Winner, LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
Critical to Loki's victory in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race was the crew’s ability to push the boat through the first night’s thirty-knot Southerly front - and then work through the light patches closer to the finish: Ainsworth's crew taking sixty miles out of the leading Maxis in one morning. Launched in Sydney in 2008, Loki has been the standout IRC yacht in Australia - in 2010 taking both line honours and IRC Division 1 overall victory in the Audi Sydney Harbour regatta, plus the overall win in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.
Crowned the 2010-2011 Bluewater Pointscore Champion - winning four of the seven-race series and taking line honours and the IRC 0/1 divisional win in this year’s Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race, in September Loki added the Bird Island Race to its list of successes, breaking the 15 year-old record held by the 80ft Brindabella.
Stephen Ainsworth, owner of LOKI, Overall Handicap winner, with Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
Loki crew are presented with Tattersall's Cup and Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece by Patrick Boutellier (Rolex Australia) and Commodores Graham Taplin (RYCT) and Garry Linacre (CYCA).
Congratulations to Loki's owner and crew on beating an international fleet of eighty seven yachts and winning such a challenging and complex Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Ainsworth describing the victory as 'Pure joy!'