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Strong Finish in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Congratulations to team Ocean Respect Racing which proudly finished 2nd overall in IRC (International Rating Certificate) in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The team also achieved 1st Female Skipper, 2nd IRC Division 0, 2nd ORCi Division 1, and came 6th across the line. Led by Stacey Jackson, this was the first all-female professional crew to enter the race. Speaking with the New York Times, Stacey noted;

“There’s a lot of great women in the industry, and I have sailed with some of them and wanted to sail with some of them and hadn’t been able to yet,” Jackson said. “As I looked around on the Volvo boats and at the positions the women were doing, I realized that if you put them on one boat we’d have the skills to cover all aspects of racing at the highest level. So why not put them all together and do a Hobart with them? A lot of these people are my picks for that position, and it just so happens they are female.”

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The team and supporters in Hobart just after finishing the Rolex to Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.


The team arrived at the dock in Hobart after two days of racing greeted by media, fans, and despite having very little sleep, still ready to talk about plastic pollution and their mission to raise awareness on the need to restore ocean health. Watch the video below to hear from the team.

To learn more about the team’s efforts to raise awareness of plastic pollution with Clean Up Australia, click here.

Photo credits: Ocean Respect Racing/Salty Dingo Media