Tony Kirby returns with his latest Patrice, a TP52 previously known as Hooligan and before that, Azzurra, which was the 52 Super Series champion in 2017. He has warmed up placing seventh in the 2022 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and then sixth in the Flinders Islet Race. Kirby last skippered his own boat, Patrice, a Ker 46, to 16th overall for third in Division 2 in the 2018 Hobart. The same year he placed third in both the Australian Yachting Championships and the PONANT Sydney Noumea Race and was third over the line in the Groupama Race to be crowned overall winner. His best Hobart results with the boat were third overall in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which won him the Blue Water Pointscore and ninth in 2014, winning Division 1.
Kirby has the runs on the board to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
|Skipper||Tony Kirby (36)|
|Navigator||Michael Bellingham (29)|
|Crew||Carolijn Brouwer (2), Mark Brown (12), Ashley Deeks (13), Kyle Dodds (2), Mark Edmonds (4), Mitch Evans, Stevan Gajic (5), Adam Goode (13), Stacey Jackson (14), Matthew Johns, Matthew Leung (2), Steven Thomas, Anthony Young (20)|