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Sydney to Hobart - Tribal Warriors Battle Through

by Bow Caddy Media 2 Jan 15:41 PST
China and Naomi relate the challenges and achievements of their race. © Crosbie Lorimer

There were many great stories in this year’s race to Hobart but one of the most inspiring and emotional was saved ‘til the end.

The arrival in Hobart of the first indigenous crew in this famous race’s 75 year history was a landmark event. It was also a fine tribute to the work of skipper Wayne Jones – whose idea this was - and the dogged determination of a crew, many of whom were new to sailing much less offshore racing.

Although most boats in the fleet rarely experienced more than 25 knots over the entire course, Tribal Warrior battled through gale conditions in the last part of the race that threatened to end their endeavor.

Not surprisingly therefore, skipper and crew were relieved and elated to complete the race and delighted at the joyous welcome they received at Constitution Dock.

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