The Yachts




Brian McMaster has chartered Darryl Hodgkinson’s 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Victoire. In his first hit out in Sydney, McMaster placed ninth overall in the 2016 Flinders Islet Race and 12th in the Newcastle Bass Island race. Victoire retired from the 2015 race after Dr Darryl broke ribs in big seas, but went on to place second in Division 0 of the Sydney Gold Coast race. Victoire was 45th overall for second in Division O in the 2014 Hobart, earlier winning the 2014 Gosford Lord Howe race.

Ray Roberts originally owned the yacht he named Evolution Racing and took line and overall double victory in the 2007 Sydney Gold Coast Race and then 17th overall for second in Division O behind line honours victor, Alfa Romeo in the 2009 Hobart. Chris Bull next owned the yacht he rechristened Jazz and finished second overall and first in ORCi in the 2010 Hobart, then fourth overall, first in IRC Division 0 and second in ORCi Division 1 in the 2011 race and fourth overall and third in division in 2012. Victoire has proven time and again to be an exceptional boat. If Brian McMaster gets his way, this could be Western Australia’s second only Hobart win, following in the footsteps of Rampage (Peter Packer) in 1975.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Victoire
Sail Number AUS5299
Owner Brian McMaster
Skipper Brian McMaster
Navigator Jonothan Clough
Crew T Kelly (2), B McMaster, J Halligan, F Forbes (3), B Carnell (10), T McRae, J Newman, C Jones, B Gregory (2), B Gardiner, Nick Davis
State WA
Type Cookson 50
Designer Farr Yacht Design
Builder Cookson Boats NZ
Construction Fibreglass
LOA 15.2
Beam 4.3
Draft 3.5