Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

No Solo: Neville's in It for Others

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

No Solo: Neville's in It for Others

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I wish we had a dozen of John Bertrand's epic Born to Win to give away.

Sadly, there's only one signed book about the America's Cup Challenge and therefore only one winner.

As the entries were so wonderfully diverse we've decided to print a selection of the responses.

The outright winning entry comes from Sue Watson of the appropriate address Waterman's Way, Hervey Bay, and is a wonderful tale in its own right about helping others:

"In 1983 at 5.30 am in Melbourne I awoke to the radio excitedly covering that final winning race when Bertrand, Hughey and the boys from down under snatched the cup from those Americans! I was attending the Australian Masters Squash championships at the time.

A couple of years later I met my sailor husband-to-be Neville Watson. We married and set up a sailing outreach for disadvantaged youth. (Neville has a background of illiteracy and his son, Kirk, who is blind, is main hand on board "Sailors with Disabilities" in their Sydney-Hobart challenges.)

This outreach included Janine Treharne, Hugh's wife and we were based at Newport in Sydney where we started teaching primary students from single parent families to sail.

Neville and I managed to obtain an old rental property and we graduated to bigger borrowed yachts. Coincidently this home was where Kay Cottee had built First Lady, so we asked her to be our patron.

In 1993 we organized a breakfast at the Kirribilli Squadron to celebrate 10 years since Australia 2's win; most of the old crew attended and they raised several thousand dollars towards the Outreach Sailing Club.

In 1997 we bought the 1983 ex Admiral's Cup yacht Too Impetuous which Neville used to train some of the ex street kids and juvenile justice youth to ocean race up the coast, Sydney to Coffs Harbour, to Gold Coast, plus several Brisbane-Gladstone races.

That's how we discovered Hervey Bay-on our return trips. Eventually we moved here and sold, too Impetuous to build our home.

I would love to present Neville with John's book in honour of all the hard work he put into disadvantaged youth, plus the connection we had with the winning team. …

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