Elliott News

Veloce King of the Derwent

04 Jan 2011

The Victorian yacht Veloce has taken out a somewhat rare line and handicap double in Hobarts iconic yachting event, the King of the Derwent. Veloce is the first Victorian yacht to win since 2004. In light and variable winds, the Elliott 44 skippered by Phil Simpfendorfer from Sandingham Yacht Club, broke away from the fleet to take line honours by more than 14 minutes and hold her time on the strong competition of local Tasmanian, Victorian and one international entrant. The King of the Derwent climaxed a highly successful second for Veloce, with todays win on IRC handicaps following her Melbourne to Hobart Eastcoaster IRC victory giving her the Ocean Racing Club of Victorias Salamanca Series. Veloce won IRC (to decide the King of the Derwent) and PHS as well as taking line honours. Owner Phil Simpfendorfer commented that It was a perfect breeze for us. We were able to point a bit higher and actually keep up with them and as it got lighter we were able top pick the right line.We didnt believe line honours was possible in the King of the Derwent , but we were definitely trying to get it on handicap. Photo courtesy Peter Campbell