Abby Ehler asks Dee Caffari and Rosalin Kuiper to share their contrasting perspectives on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and what makes this iconic race a unique challenge for sailors
The Sailing Show Presented by Abby Ehler is a co-production of The Magenta Project & WiSP Sports
Podcast length: 32′ 59″
On this month’s episode of The Sailing Show, Abby Ehler chats to two guests who have recently competed in the iconic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Her first guest is ailing legend Dee Caffari, who competed with Ocean Respect Racing skipped by Australia’s Stacey Jackson. Abby then chats with young, up and coming sailor Rosalin Kuiper, who talks about her experience sailing a 100ft maxi with the pro’s. Dee Caffari is a renowned British sailor, who recently led ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the first mixed gender youth team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18; with a strong sustainability message. As part of the Ocean Respect Racing crew, made up of fully professional female crew, the team came within minutes of an overall win of the Sydney to Hobart Race, something crews spend years trying to attain.
Rosalin Kuiper, 23, of the Netherlands, graduated from the Team Heiner Youth Academy in 2018, following three years of extensive training. The academy, run by Roy Heiner, covers all aspects of big boat sailing from boat handling to boat maintenance, mastering all the positions on board, racing by day and night, boat delivery, safety, and navigation etc. Rosalin’s ambition and perseverance saw her land a shore-side role with the 100ft maxi yacht INFOTRACK, vying for Sydney-Hobart line honors and through her hard work and work ethic she was offered a sailing position for the race itself, a dream job for anyone setting out on the professional sailing circuit.
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