Thursday, December 15, 2011

Join Ready About Yachting for The Fun Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2011

Welcome Aboard - Are You Ready To Go About?

Every year I hear the same mantra from many mates that compete in this race, "Why don't you do something for us? Why don't you write about some of the the other boats, us and our boats? Report about us not just Richo and those rockstars on the maxis?"
Photo: Andrea Francolini
I don't necessarily agree that they are as neglected as they make out but I hear what they are saying and respect their views and opinions. I take my hat off to those fearless (and few seriously deranged) individuals who compete in this race each year and when I talk to them afterwards very few ever say never again. These adrenalin junkies always want more, more, more.

They just love the thrill of it. The challenge of being cold, smelly, blown to bits and soaked through to the skin while eating freeze dried or just plain bland food for days on end just really appeals to them. I can't understand why.
And that smell whenever someone removes their sea boots. OK, Let's not go there.

Since becoming the major sponsor in 2002, Rolex have elevated the event to compliment the many regattas they support around the world. The media coverage has been incredible and by engaging two of the sport's finest yachting photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and Daniel Forster, the images are just breathtaking and often truly awesome.

Being on Sydney Harbour for the start is always an exhilarating feeling. I've witnessed the fleet charging through the Heads, being chased down by spectator craft ranging from gin places to canoes. It's a miracle no one gets run over.

So I have decided to launch this site in order to offer a different perspective of the 67th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and give back to all the sailors. And to have a good laugh.

This blog is dedicated to giving a voice to all those sailors that feel their media profiles got lost in the wake of Wild Oats XI, Alfa Romeo and Leopard. A place to vent (but not curse), a forum where they can share their stories, the latest gossip and hopefully shed some light on why they have strapped themselves in for this year's 628 nautical mile ride to Hobart.

Lulu Roseman, Editor
Ready About Yachting

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