Victoire was purchased by Darryl Hodgkinson last year and is a customised Beneteau First 45, previously known as Poppy of Portland. Hodgkinson has stepped up from his previous boat Vivacite, a Beneteau 44.7, that placed third in PHS Division in Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2009.
A busy racing schedule in 2010 saw Victoire come away with a string of podium finishes including: first in IRC Division 3 in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, second in division in the Brisbane to Keppel race and second in division at Airlie Beach Race Week; first in IRC division 2 and third overall in the ORCI division of last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart; and placed second behind Loki in the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore and second to Copernicus in the Tasman Pointscore after finishing third overall in the Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle Yacht Race earlier this year.
2011 has been another great year for Victoire - she claimed the Class B win in the Audi IRC Australian Championships after a 3rd place in Audi Victoria Week, 2nd in the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, and two firsts in division in both the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Hamilton Island Race week.
|Skipper||Darryl Hodgkinson (1)|
|Crew||A Sutherland, C Kosecki (1), D McConville (14), D Oliver (3), D Rutherford (2), H Brodie (25), P Eadie (32), S Francis, S Kirkjian (16), T Tubman (1), M Ogg, T Powell|
|Designer||Farr Yacht Design|
|Builder||Cookson Boats NZ|