Wild Rose, skippered and navigated by legendary DBSC members, Roger to Hobart ("R2H") and JJen, respectively, missed a few Laser races but did win the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.
Official report here, together with a follow up official story here, with an additional must see official video here. Great GoPro action video showing a mid-race broach here. But the exclusive DBSC insider story below......
Waiting at Constitution Dock in Hobart was a huge crowd.
Jim and Kristy were the first to meet the boat. When asked by reporters why they were there, Kristy confided:
I want to ask R2H and JJen whether they will spend the northern hemisphere summer with us in the Med teaching us to sail properly. I'm over spending time whitening my teeth and eliminating the tan lines, and we need to work on increasing boat speed.
Jim was still shaking his head while examining Wild Rose, ranting to himself:
I can't believe what rubbish my new boat is: I've dropped $40 million on a boat with a rear end the size of Kim Kardashian's, and we got beaten over the line by 10 year old Aussie Maxi and whipped on corrected time by a tiny 29 year old Australian boat.
They tell me the little bugger broached, whatever that is, in the midst of a 30 plus knot blow in Bass Straight, whereever that is, at night, and broke its steering cable. The crew dropped sails, fitted a tiller, whatever that is, fixed the cable, put the sails back up and presto.... They were up and running in 12 minutes, and then went on to win the race. It just goes to show what positive influence R2H's calm and quiet voice has in a crisis.
Darn it. I'm going to sell my boat on eBay when I get back. Kristy: hang out with JJen and get a Red Jacket for next year's Hobart.
Malcolm, and Lucy were there. Malcolm through his tears said:
I'm so proud of representing the electorate where DBSC is located. Seeing JJen and R2H around DBSC on Saturdays is just so motivating for the kiddies. We are thinking of selling the Couta, and getting a Radial Laser each.
Later at the international press conference, R2H reflected on the race:
I've done 38 S2Hs now, and you can never be over prepared. This year, racing my Laser in 38 knot westerlies, steering by tiller, sailing by the lee, broaching, while getting very wet was perfect practice for this edition of S2H.
Channelling, Janet, and other right-wing nutters from segments of the press, JJen let rip at the ABC:
As a long-standing "Friend of the ABC" I normally break the monotony of the S2H by listening to the wireless while facing the wrong direction, and with the map upside down, below deck. However, by Wollongong the blood was boiling, and I was apocalyptic by the time I reached Hobart. Since when does the ABC continuously, and nauseatingly, use the oxymoron "celebrity yacht"? Malcolm, you need to provide more adult supervision.....