Clipper Events team ready to take on Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016

Clipper Events team ready to take on Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016

For many of us Boxing Day brings the enjoyment of turkey leftovers and shopping sales but for almost one hundred entries, including Clipper Events’ CV5, it brings one of the world’s ultimate blue water classics, and staple of our previous two Clipper Race editions, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR).

On board CV5 this year, one of the two Clipper 68s based at our Sydney Training Hub, 16 crew from all walks of life will take to the water in the 72nd edition of the prestigious race.

Gary Adams, 54, from Guildford, UK, is one of the CV5 crew and besides spending many months sailing his own yacht also took part in the Clipper 2013-14 Race. He was the very first person to sign up for the RSHYR and admits it was an easy decision.

Gary says: “Taking part in the Roles Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was an easy decision, the iconic start filled with excitement and adrenaline, is a must!”

"If it was easy it wouldn’t be as much fun!"

“The RSHYR is, in my mind, one of the greatest yacht races of the calendar, starting with the back drop of Sydney Harbour on to the Bass Strait, some of the best sailors and yachts in the world, and of course the celebrations in Hobart. Whatever the position, I will have completed ones of the biggest challenges in yachting.”

Gary and his fellow crew mates will finish their race training Friday, which saw them practice spinnakers, complete a long offshore passage and gain the World Sailing Offshore Safety Course (ISAF) certification before enjoying a festive Christmas dinner Friday evening before a well-earned two days off before the big event.“Of course it will be tough, sleeping on a bucking bronco, fighting with the sails, foredeck Olympics, but really that’s what makes it worthwhile. If it was easy it wouldn’t be as much fun.” He adds.

The Race Start from the iconic Sydney Harbour and out of the heads is guaranteed to be a memorable moment, with the experience of approximately 100 competitors all jostling for position on the start line, attracting crowds and vessels of supporters, as well as media outlets from across the country and globe, to follow and cheer them on.

The atmosphere and excitement is palpable as the teams set off for what is often described as the most grueling race in the world, heading out into the Tasman Sea to navigate the notoriously punchy Bass Strait. It is out there that teams endure the threat or reality of the ‘Southerly Buster’ storms, famous in that region, before crossing the finish line 628 nautical miles and a few sleep deprived nights later to join the finish party with fellow competitors and supporters in Tasmania.

If like Gary, you too would like to compete in an iconic regatta in 2017, besides the RSHYR this year sees the biannual Rolex Fastnet Race. For more information on either contact us here.

To follow the crew of CV5 during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this Boxing Day, visit our Facebook page here.