Thursday, 20 Dec, 2018. My alarm went off at 5:45 and I woke a bundle of nerves.
Feeling that sick ball of anxiety that wells up in the pit of my stomach.
It’s D-Day and I’m off to Sydney in preparation for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. I know that this feeling is going to stick with me now until we tie off at Constitution Dock…
I’d be mad to be doing this race and not feeling the apprehension that comes with it. It’s Darwin’s way of ensuring we self-preserve and don’t kill ourselves - or at least that’s how I think of it. I know my fellow sailors can relate to this, and anyone else that does adventure sports for fun. It’s that bizarre type of fun where it actually sucks while you’re doing it but the memories and feeling of accomplishment at the end make it all worthwhile.
Yet… mornings like this I still ask myself why I’m doing it. Who else would spend five thousand dollars for a summer holiday with no bed, no shower and no family? It’ll be a break living on muesli bars and freeze-dried food while getting fire-hosed by the swell and washing meals down with unexpected mouthfuls of salt water. Bliss.
It was the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) that inspired this turn of events for me - because I certainly hadn’t dreamed of this a year ago. The VOR is an around the world epic. One of the most prestigious events on the sailing calendar and one of the toughest sporting events in the world. Nine months, 7 teams, 45,000 nautical miles around the world in a Volvo 65. Each boat is decked out with state of the art satellite and multimedia systems to capture the event in real-time and has an embedded on-board reporter that travels the world with them, sharing the story. “Going to parts of the world where no humans should be”
This is the toughest job in sports media - something I want to be a part of. As a photographer & journalist, you can’t help but be amazed by the content they produce in such harsh environments. Take a look at this:
So there’s only way to progress your career and get to this calibre - start practicing, join teams and get amongst it.