Rod Jones and the crew of Doyle-powered Alegria V took first place in the prestigious Division 1 IRC and ORCi division at the 384 mile Sydney-Gold Coast Race 2013.
Here's a full race report from Rod:
The race was predominantly light, with a few twists; predominantly gradient interspersed with land based thermal interaction and transition. Instability was the name of the game as the race progressed, with a constant South bound current to be mindful of.
Six ‘Fifty Foot-ish’ and a few slightly bigger yacht were racing in sight of us for almost all the 384nm. It was a race of sail changes, tactical nerve and following the game plan that was hard on the tactical team as well as helms.
We carry full Doyle Inventory and our suite of Doyle Sails got a fair workout with our ‘Stratis’ J1 and J2 doing plenty of work, and our A0 , A2 , A3 and R3 also getting plenty of ‘air time’ as conditions changed regularly as we chased clouds or new breeze lines. Our A2 got us away to a great start in light air and we squeezed a close second out of Sydney heads just ahead of AFR and 200m behind the maxi Wild Thing.
Thanks to a great team (Kai, Jan, Peter, Todd, Dale, Greg, Brian, Sean, Lucas, Matt, Jim and Rod), a well prepped boat and fantastic Doyle Sails we were able to win Div 1 IRC and Div 1 ORCi, get home 9th , and achieve 6th on IRC overall (so the first of the bigger boats in what turned out to be a smaller boat race ).