RSHYR Meet Jane Hunt
15 December 2016
Friday marks the start of the Clipper Events crew training for this years Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race where they will get to grips with working as a team and how to get the best from our large ocean racing yachts, the Clipper 68. We took some time to catch up with Jane Hunt who is fulfilling a long held dream to take part in this race.
Jane, who is a wife and stay at home Mum to four children lives in Carrington NSW, Australia and when not sailing spends her time volunteering and fundraising for the community.
What inspired you to take part in the Rolex Sydney - Hobart Yacht Race?
It has certainly been a dream to compete in such a famous event.
Firstly I think my inspiration comes from my local, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and the amazing women there. They are ever so supportive, encouraging and so generous with their sailing knowledge. Thanks Mary and Jan!
Secondly, my husband (non-sailor), without his support I would have never have signed up!
... prove to my four kids, even though I am a girl with glasses, I can do it, so they can see that they too can achieve things that they didn’t even know existed.
Last year we had Christmas in Sydney with my husband’s family in Woollahra , and decided after a long Christmas lunch we would walk down to the CYCA to have a look around and take in the vibe as the Clipper Race fleet were taking part, we managed to say hi to the LMAX Exchange crew and a quick family snap !
On Boxing Day we watched the excitement with the crowds at a reserve in Dover Heights as the yachts turned right and screamed past us.
It was then my feet became itchy and a secret grew inside, ‘I have to do this!’
Not knowing when, but knew I had to at some point be a part of this race. Through a heap of scary encouragement from my husband (perhaps he plans on increasing my life insurance) I was quick to sign up as soon as I heard it was on offer.
Why did you decide to participate with Clipper Events?
My husband said I was only allowed to go on a large boat with well-trained crew and an experienced skipper!
Which I agreed, my experience so far with Clipper Race has been amazing. The training has been such a great learning experience in a fun, warm friendly environment.
What does participating in this famous regatta mean to you?
It means it will shock the pants off my immediate family and non-sailing friends, haven’t told them as yet, just a little scared they will try and talk me out of it!
Wait till I show them this newsletter!
What are you most looking forward too?
The challenge, the start line, arriving in Hobart (my friends are there for New Year’s, they don’t know yet that I plan to be joining them).
What do you think will be the most challenging?
Everything, being away from my family, night sailing, those running backstays and helming.
What are you hoping to achieve from your campaign?
To prove to my four kids, even though I am a girl with glasses, I can do it, so they can see that they too can achieve things that they didn’t even know existed.
When I first told my children that I was embarking on the ‘Clipper Race’. My eldest daughter said ‘Oh Mum, you’re going to grow a beard!’
So I hope I can inspire them, without having grown a beard!
If you are inspired to complete an iconic yacht race next year we will not only be competing in the RSHYR 2017 but also the Rolex Fastnet race here in the UK.
For more information on how to join please email Emma here.