Secret Mens Business Delivery Trip

It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while now… a delivery trip of a sail boat that takes a couple days. Mentioning it to one of the sailing instructors at the Adelaide Sailing Club I soon knew that if possible I would like to do a delivery of a yacht from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race that is held every year on the 26th of December. It is one of the top three offshore race  in the world and is known for the unpredictable weather and sea conditions.  After a couple months of waiting I was lucky and happy to get a spot as crew on the Secret Mens Business 3.5 yacht to bring it from Hobart to Melbourne.

Fast forward to the 30th of December 2010 I knew I was very lucky… Secret Mens Business 3.5 was the Overall Winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2010! It doesn’t get any better than that! Bringing the winner back.

I couldn’t wait any longer when I finally flew to Hobart on the 31st to meet the delivery crew as well as some of the racing crew. After having a look around, it was soon time for the first drink. Celebrating New Years Eve there was certainly something that I’ll remember for a long time :).

Next day was the official prize giving ceremony at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. One thing that surprised me was that there were a lot of prizes to be given away… of course fastest yacht, overall winner and all the division winners, but there were also first woman skipper over the line, boat that traveled the furthest to the race (from Italy), best navigator, etc. to be won.

After the ceremony it was time to spring into action and start doing what delivery crews do… getting the boat ready… shopping for food… having a drink…

The rest of the story is best explained through the pictures I uploaded into my gallery. To summarize, I liked it a lot and already signed up for another trip at the end of January to bring SMB back to Adelaide.