The Yachts




Launched June 2009, this Elliot design 44CR and Rolex Sydney Hobart 'newbie' has shown great potential with some podium finishes worth celebrating. Phil Simpfendorfer was dubbed 'King of the Eastcoaster' after claiming back-to-back handicap victories in the Melbourne to Hobart yacht race in 2010 - an almost unheard off achievement.

Veloce competed in Range Series on Port Phillip and finished first. She also took out a somewhat rare line and handicap double in Hobart's big yachting event, the King of the Derwent, in 2011. In fact, she is the first Victorian yacht to win since Skandia Wild Thing took the double in 2004. Veloce is a regular in Victorian events; and in particular at Geelong Week each year, which starts off on Port Phillip in Melbourne and moves down to Corio Bay in Geelong via the annual passage race. Simpfendorfer and crew could prove the 'shock factor' by getting off the start well and taking honours in Hobart.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Veloce
Sail Number SM602
Owner Phil Simpfendorfer
Skipper Phil Simpfendorfer
Crew D Newman (1), E Murphy (2), M Houghton (2), N Duffy
State VIC
Club Sandringham Yacht Club
Type Elliott 44CR
Designer Greg Elliott
Builder China New Yachts
Construction FRP Composite
LOA 13.7
Beam 3.9
Draft 2.8