Tony Kirby launched his latest Patrice in November 2013, just in time for the Cabbage Tree Island Race, in which he finished fourth overall. Next he won the SSORC and was second in IRC Division 1 of the CYCA Trophy Series. Patrice came unstuck in the Rolex Sydney Hobart that year, suffering delamination and retiring to Orford in Tasmania. In 2014, she finished ninth overall in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and unequivocally won IRC at Airlie Beach Race Week, then was ninth overall and won Division 1 in the 2014 Hobart.
Kirby, a director of the CYCA, undertook further modifications to improve Patrice’s light air performance before the Sydney Harbour Regatta in March. He took out IRC Division 1 in light air, before going on to finish third in Division 1 of the NSW IRC Championship.This year, placed seventh overall and won Division 1 in the Gold Coast race and was fourth overall in the 2015 Brisbane Keppel Race, went on to fourth in the 2015 Flinders Islet Race and eighth in the Newcastle Bass Island Race. Patrice rates among the favourites for this year’s race, helped by the crew and their experience- over 170 Hobarts between them. Bears are a them aboard again, helping to raise much needed funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project, which undertakes childhood cancer research.
|Skipper||Tony Kirby (27)|
|Crew||M Bellingham, I Walker, M Johns, S Gajic, J Mulkearns, B Taylor, S Speet, M Brown, R Grimes, J Salter, A Cole, R Leaper|
|Designer||Ker Yacht Design|