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2016 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

Bénéteau First 40 "BRAVO"

Congratulations to « Bravo » a Beneteau First Forty skippered by  Bob “Robbo” Robertson winners of both the IRC 3 and the ORCi 3 in the 2016 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Featuring Pontos GRINDER winches on the cabintop and primary positions, she also utilised Pontos TRIMMER winches for the mainsheet and finished the 608 mile course over an hour and a half in front of the next placed First40 "Ariel".

Tracy Matthews of TasPorts and RYCT with Robbo Robertson (Bravo) ROLEX/Daniel Forster

"The upgrade to Pontos winches was instrumental in allowing us to develop high efficency crew processes in nearly every aspect of our line handling.

In particular the use of the Pontos Grinder 46s on the cabintop made it possible for us to eliminate whole steps in the normal sequence of raising both headsails and spinnakers.

Simply amazing!

What was also exciting was that after an initial introductory period, the crew were finding more and more ways to harness the true power of the Pontos winches."