Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 26, 2013 by  

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Mark Richards says he has never felt afraid in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in which he has won line honours on Wild Oats XI as her skipper six times, but does he get nervous? ”Of course I do … very. It’s half the fun.”

Such is the fine line between embracing the dangers of the 628-nautical-mile Bluewater Classic, or letting them get the better of you. However, for Richards and most skippers, if not all their crews in the 94-strong fleet in this year’s 69th edition, the nerves are not just triggered by rough and tumble conditions at sea.

The nerves will be rattling in the pits of their stomachs well before they sail out of Sydney Harbour and head south.

For many, the anxiety will have kicked in the night before; but if not, it will on Boxing Day morning when they realise the comfort they felt in their bed was the last they will enjoy for two to six days, depending on the type and size of their boat.

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