International Clipper Race sailors to bring colour to Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race again

13 November 2014

Past and future Clipper Race crew from six different countries will once again compete in Australian classic offshore race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) on Clipper 68 CV10.

In 2014, Australian, New Zealand, British, South Korean, Russian and Italian crew will race in the 70th anniversary edition of the RSHYR on board CV10, one of two boats used for training future crew at the Sydney base. CV10 has already completed four circumnavigations in previous Clipper Race editions.

The entry follows last year’s inaugural Clipper Race entry in the annual event, with the Clipper 70 fleet creating much interest as amateur sailors from 25 different nationalities competed in the race as part of their circumnavigation.

2014 RSHYR crew members include firefighter Bruce Dowling from Merewether Heights, NSW, who works on international rescue teams in disaster zones, West Australian Army Officer Wayne Reed who sailed in the Clipper 2011-12 Race, and Clipper 2013-14 Race sailor Sang Cho who will be the first South Korean to do the Sydney Hobart.

2013-14 race winning skipper Eric Holden is also racing on board Primitive Cool.

The 628-mile classic race to Hobart, Tasmania, starts on Boxing Day, December 26.

Sir Robin, who took part himself in last year’s RSHYR as a navigator on board CV10, the very same yacht entered in the race this year, said: “Last year was the first time the Clipper Race fleet had ever sailed in the Sydney Hobart. We added a lot of colour to a great event and it was fantastic experience for our crews to pit themselves against some tough competition.

“Some of this year’s crew are in training for the 2015-16 Clipper Race and so this will be great experience as they experience what the Bass Strait and waters around Tasmania can throw up.”

John Cameron, Commodore of race organisers the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, added: “The Clipper Race fleet added an extra international mix and a new dimension to our race when it participated in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the first time last year in conjunction with its own round the world race. We enjoyed hosting the yachts and are happy to welcome back some of those crew who will race aboard CV10 in our milestone 70th race.”

Click here to watch the Clipper Race fleet competing in last year's RSHR.

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