The Yachts




A champion from the outset, four year-old Loki won the Rolex Sydney Hobart last year, and took all that was placed before her in the lead-up to the race and since, after a disappointing 15th overall in the 2010 Hobart. The remarkable boat holds the following records. Bird Island (set in 2011 when she took the treble), Flinders Islet (2010) and the 2009 Audi Sydney Offshore Newcastle race, in which she also won the treble. She broke the Cabbage Tree Island race record in 2009, only to have Wild Oats XIbreak it again in 2010.

Loki claimed 2012 Audi Sydney Gold Coast overall honours and broke Brindabella's 13 year-old record to now hold as the record for a conventional yacht. At the time of going to press,Loki led the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore Series (which she won in 2010), with two wins and a second from three races.

Ainsworth shared the 2011 Ocean Racer of the Year Award with Geoff Boettcher (he won the Hobart in 2010), after being crowned the 2010 Audi IRC Australian champion when he scored victories in the three Audi events he contested; Sydney Harbour Regatta, Sydney-Gold Coast Yacht Race and Hamilton Island Race Week. Added yet another victory on November 17, when she won the Cabbage Tree Island Race overall. He is keen for a repeat performance with the Hobart.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Loki
Sail Number AUS 60000
Owner Stephen Ainsworth
Skipper Stephen Ainsworth (14)
Navigator Michael Bellingham (20)
Crew A Ferguson (4), A Merrington (3), D Senogles (23), D Sampson (4), G Maguire (3), B Sykes (4), B Ellis, M Hughes (1), J Scott (1), R Ely (9), S Nolan (4), C Garnett (2), G Attrill, J Dann (1), S Wells (1), T Ryan (3)
State NSW
Type Reichel Pugh 63
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder McConaghys
Construction Carbon/Noamex
LOA 19.2
Beam 4.95
Draft 4.5