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My Race in Numbers

Quick overview of my race in numbers: 19,640 Nautical miles 618 Night hours on watch 255 Watches stood 102 Days at sea 11 Mother watches 7 Races 4 Legs 4 Continents visited 4 Oceans crossed 3 Bass Strait crossings 2 Medivacs 1 Mayday 1 Hurricane 1 Rolex Sydney Hobart completed 1 Equator crossing 0 MOB’s […]


I’ve finished and as expected the Bass Straits we’re not going to make it an easy finish! Following our delayed departure after the medi-vac of two of our crew (Crew Evacuation) and us having to return to Hobart for repairs and to collect additional crew we set off some 20 hours behind the rest of […]

Less than 500 miles to go..

With less than 500 miles to go in my 4 month, 20,000 mile sailing adventure the last few days haven’t been without drama. It all started with another medi-vac for us less than 3 hours after leaving Hobart for Brisbane as we were exiting Storm Bay. Whilst getting ready for coming on watch Katharine and […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart

Well that’s the Rolex Sydney Hobart completed and it lived up to its reputation! The start was exhilarating as the 94 yachts broke from the line and reached up to the exit of the harbour at the Heads, the maxi yachts like Wild Oats and Perpetual leading the charge, along with the masses of spectator […]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Preparations

Our next race will see us compete in the world famous Rolex Sydney Hobart race. For me this is the icing on cake coming near the end of my whole adventure. As a watch leader it was also great to be able to attend the official race briefing held at the CYCA on Xmas eve, […]

Half Time Boat Maintenance

The repair and maintenance work continues. Part of this was the half-time boat lift as we have now completed near enough half of the circumnavigation. Our lift highlighted a number of reasons as to perhaps why our boat seemed slower than others in a straight drag race…… Number 1: We found a length of line […]

Leg 4, Race 5 to Sydney Reflections

For me this race will be remembered for a number if things: The huge and rapid change in wind conditions with little or no warning! These conditions have left us with 2 ruined kites, potentially beyond repair and if it wasn’t for the sheet snapping perhaps a third. On several occasions we were hit what […]

Off With His Head!

So the storm came and went without incident. As it happens I was on Mother Watch so slept through most of it. However it left us with a moderate sea and 25-30 Knots of wind from behind and great surfing conditions; myself setting the record for the day of 22.3 Knots. Matt decided that it […]

Hung Drawn and Quartered

We are in purgatory! We have been stuck within a 100 miles of Sydney now for 2 whole days tackling an adverse ocean current with little or no wind! Then when the wind does fill in we are little caught with our pants down. Zero to 30 plus knots of wind in no time flat […]

Nothing Much to Report

Well 4 days into Leg 4, Race 5 Albany to Sydney and nothing much to report. After the excitement of the race start, in which GBR and PSP had a coming together which resulted in GBR losing their bowsprit and PSP losing their port wheel and rear rhino bar we headed south towards the Southern […]

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