Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Portraits: Andrew Buckland and Freddy Barrett

Blue Water Classics: Portraits of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Andrew Buckland and Freddy Barrett

A: G’day. Bucko. Real name – Andrew Buckland.

F: I’m Freddy Barrett. I’m a Naval Architect, Yacht Designer, and put projects together. Used to work for McConaghy boats, a bit of Volvo stuff and Sparkman & Stephens a long time ago.

A: Can I interrupt on Freddy’s behalf? Probably one of the most experienced NA’s in Australia – if not the most – in respect of ocean racing yachts.

A: My first race was on a British boat called Knockout in a Southern Cross Cup team, owned by Sir Max Aitken. That was my first race, we had three cold fronts, in the era where we had to have reefing headsails. What could possibly go wrong there, Fred? Anything?

F: No, it all goes wrong.

A: All goes perfectly wrong. And I was a sailmaker then, so… I had to sew the 3 foot 5 jib back together in 1977. After the breaking wave got into the rig part. How could that happen, you think?

F: Bad management… unlucky…

A: No, bad luck.

“We’re about to build a foiling 46-footer, probably, for next year’s Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.”

A: We’re about to build a foiling 46-footer, probably, for next year’s race. Subject to a bit of cash.

F: We’re putting together a package, a bit like what we call a Imoca 60 so that the guys can sail around the world…

A: Like a shrunken Hugo Boss, plus a bit more foil and a bit more all-round, so it actually goes upwind properly. And it goes OK in light air, you know…

F: We just want it to break into the next scene, I guess, which will be foiling yachts, knowing full well the limitations and the technical issues that come with it. But Bucko’s the sort of guy who puts together things that gets people involved, and I’m just the guy that tries to solve his problems and find a solution, and make something work, and if it gets on the start line for next year’s Hobart race, which is what we hope to do…

A: Yeah, we’ll have a hard-on.

F: And then we’ll have a—yeah, we’ll have a hard-on, won’t we? We’ll call it Hard-On 45!

Read the full story in my forthcoming publication, Blue Water Classics – due for general release at Christmas 2019!

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Portraits: Peter Fletcher

Blue Water Classics: Portraits of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Peter Fletcher

“I just love the whole challenge of it, you against the elements or the team against the elements and the boat against the elements.

“I’m passionate about winning as much as I can and I sail on some pretty good boats. At the end of the day I would probably like to be in the nursing home with a rag over my legs and saying, yeah, we won this or we did this or we did that.

I like that 40 or 50 foot range, there’s good crew dynamics. It’s like being on a rugby tour without the bus. People that are committed and put their time in. Bit of youthfulness and a bit of experience,  all mixed together.

“I think we’ve done like 230 races between the 10 of us. Bruce Taylor, who owns the boat (Chutzpah), a few blokes have done 30 races with him.”

“That 93 race, I remember it was just bash, bash, bash for days on end.”

“That 93 race, I remember it was just bash, bash, bash for days on end. We had a boat that was as wet as anything, everything was leaking, it was a really shit trip. So to give the guys a laugh during the night I got completely nuded up, put flippers, goggles and a snorkel on and jumped up in the cockpit and flapped around like a seal for couple minutes.

“In the 98 race we just dealt with what we had too at the time. We were like, “Let’s not worry about where we’re going race wise, just make sure we get through this thing.” We had one guy go out quite badly in that race. Fell early on in the race and ruptured his spleen slipping, so he was in a bunk and that left nine of us. We’d have three people on deck, the rest people down below. It was quite dangerous so we just had one guy on the lookout, one guy trimming and one guy steering.”

Read the full story in my forthcoming publication, Blue Water Classics – due for general release at Christmas 2019!

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