Magazine article Risk Management

INTO THE STORM: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

Magazine article Risk Management

INTO THE STORM: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

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INTO THE STORM

Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

by Dennis N.T. Perkins with Jillian B. Murphy

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is considered one of the most prestigious and difficult open water races in the world. Covering 628 nautical miles from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania, the race is known for challenging ocean conditions, blustery winds and frigid temperatures that can test even the most experienced sailors.

But in 1998, the race turned deadly when boats were hit with a "weather bomb"a sudden, unexpected storm that brought with it hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and waves reaching as high as 80 feet. Of the 115 boats that began the race, only 44 reached the finish line. Six sailors died while another 55 had to be rescued in what was the largest search-and-rescue operation in Australia's history.

Into the Storm tells the gripping story of how one of the smaller boats in the competition, the AFR Midnight Rambler, not only survived the race, but went on to win the prized Tattersall's Cup, which is awarded to the winner. …

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