The Yachts




Competing in her first Rolex Sydney Hobart last year, this Elliott designed 44 foot cruiser/racer finished an enticingly good 36th overall, fourth in IRC Division 2 and fifth in ORCi Division 2, which has persuaded Phil Simpfendorfer, a competitive Victorian racer, back for another tilt with some of his crew from last year.

In 2012, Veloce was holding her own in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race when broken halyards forced her out of the race. However, the news isn’t all bad. Simpfendorfer was dubbed ‘King of the Eastcoaster’ after claiming back-to-back overall victories in the 2010 Melbourne to Hobart yacht race – an almost unheard off achievement.

Veloce also took out the somewhat rare line and handicap double in Hobart’s famous King of the Derwent in 2011 and it is the first Victorian yacht to win since Skandia Wild Thing took the double in 2004. This win meant she claimed the Salamanca Series title that same year.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Veloce
Sail Number SM602
Owner Phil Simpfendorfer
Skipper Phil Simpfendorfer (1)
Crew D Newman (2), E Murphy (2), I Taylor (13), M Houghton (1), N Duffy (1),
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