New Zealander Jim Delegat, managing director of Delegat Wine Estate (distributor of Oyster Bay Wines), purchased the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama early in 2013. Renamed Giacomo, this will be her second Rolex Sydney Hobart race. In 2013 she finished sixth over the line and sixth overall in PHS. In June Giacomo won on handicap taking the SUVA Gold Cup. She will line up against at least two other Volvo 70’s amongst the other line honours chasers come Boxing Day.
She features a canting keel, dagger boards and the latest in rigging. She was built for fresh off-the-wind conditions and will be impossible to stop in the right conditions. Established yachtsman, Steve Cotton, a Whitbread Race/VOR veteran joins Delegat for a second year, this time as second-in-charge.
|Skipper||Jim Delegat (1)|
|Sailing Master||Steve Cotton (11)|
|Crew||A Reynolds (1), A Crossan (1), C Main (1), D Blanchfield (1), M Hannon (9), P Robertson (1), R Bearda (10), R Bicknell, D Miller, C Skinner, F Mongelli, M Kelway (1), S Beavis (9), C Dunn, C Williams, A Glair, N Delegat, T Coville|
|Construction||Carbon / Nomex|