Loki's Rolex Sydney Hobart win

Kurt Arrigo / Rolex
Owner Stephen Ainsworth and Gordon Maguire tell us about their winning campaign
With the wind having died at the crucial time for the smaller boats, so Stephen Ainsworth and his Reichel Pugh 63 Loki have been announced as the IRC handicap winners of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. At a presentation on board the white hulled Loki, Ainsworth and his crew were presented with a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece Patrick Boutellier of Rolex Australia and the Tattersall’s Cup, for IRC handicap honours by Garry Linacre, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and Graham Taplin, Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. “Wonderful, elated, it is a fantastic feeling, a huge thrill to win this race,” said Ainsworth on receiving his prizes. “This is my 14th race, so I know how hard it is to win. I have been trying for a long time. So many things have to go right for you and the wind gods were with us. “Our race went extremely well. I think the hardest part was down on the Tasmania coast from a navigational point of the view. The aim for the navigators was to avoid stopping and we successfully did that. We never once stopped, although we came close a couple of times. The navigators did a very good job getting us through. Look at what happened to Wild Oats XI - that could easily have happened to us.” For the Rolex Sydney Hobart this year, Loki was fitted with a new, bigger mainsail and for the first time they had an on board weather expert to assist Bellingham in the form of Hamble's own son, Will Best. (See Gordon Maguire's video guided tour to the boat here) According to Maguire, during the race they were always in contention, but of particular concern this year were the 100ft maxis. “We are one of the smaller big boats