BY Nick Walton on 26 Oct 2023

Beneteau First 44 Performance yacht Lenny has arrived in Australia in preparation for her participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race later this year. 

The racing yacht Lenny, division runner-up of Transpac 2023, has successfully completed her journey from Hawaii to Australia, sets the stage for the prestigious Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which will take place between 25 December, 2023 and 2 January, 2024.

During their voyage to Sydney, the crew made stopovers at Fiji and New Caledonia, facing challenging weather conditions and demonstrating their resilience. Overcoming a ridge of high pressure and winds exceeding 40 knots, they reached the Australian coast on 20 October.

The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is a distinguished biennial offshore event, covering a distance of approximately 2,225 nautical miles. The race begins at the Pt. Fermin buoy in San Pedro, California, and concludes at Diamond Head in Hawaii.

Beneteau First 44 Performance yacht Lenny has arrived in Australia in preparation for her participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race later this year. 

The owner of Lenny, Charles-Etienne Devanneaux, is a seasoned ocean racer and the proud owner of Naos Yachts, the Beneteau dealership in California. Charles shares his admiration for the yacht, highlighting its exceptional safety features, well-designed deck, and cockpit. The crew encountered minimal technical issues throughout their voyage, further emphasising the reliability and performance of Lenny and the First 44 Performance model.

Currently docked at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in Sydney, Lenny and its experienced crew, led by Charles, are now preparing for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. In addition, they will participate in the Beneteau Cup – Sydney, which will be held at CYCA on 27 October. This event not only provides an opportunity for friendly competition but also allows them to connect with the vibrant Beneteau owners community in Australia.

Beneteau First 44 Performance yacht Lenny has arrived in Australia in preparation for her participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race later this year. 

Looking ahead to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2023, Lenny will be manned by Devanneaux and his skilled French sailors, along with Yann Masselot, chief brands and communication officer for Groupe Beneteau’s Boat division. Their combined expertise and dedication make for a formidable team.

For those interested in firsthand experience and onboard viewings of Lenny can reach out to Flagstaff Marine, Beneteau’s dealership in New South Wales, Australia, to arrange an appointment.

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