Wild Rose headed for Hamo
LEGENDARY offshore yachtsman, Roger Hickman, is hoping his evergreen Farr 43 design Wild Rose will back up her stunning victory in the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race with double-barrelled success at this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.
Hickman said he could not think of a better way to celebrate Wild Rose’s 30th birthday this year than by winning her division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and claiming first place in the Australian IRC championship at the same time.
“The entire crew is buoyed with excitement after winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, so it is only natural that we now turn our attention to Race Week,” he said.
“We’ll be there with bells on. It’s an awesome series. The crew is really fired up for it, even this far out.”
Hickman’s enthusiasm for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is reflected in two facts – this will be his 16th year at the regatta, and he has already lodged his entry. Ironically, Wild Rose was built in 1985 for Hamilton Island’s owner, Bob Oatley AO, who is now the owner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race record holder, Wild Oats XI, a 30-metre long supermaxi.
Hickman bought the yacht from Oatley in 1991 and sometime later renamed her Wild Rose.
He and two friends, Bruce Foye and Lance Peckman, sailed her to first place overall in the 1993 Sydney Hobart race.
The Australian IRC Championship will be part of this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, from August 15 to 22. Wild Rose is the defending Division 3 title holder in the Australian championship.
For more information visit www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
FROM HOBART TO HAMO: Wild Rose, seen here on her way to winning the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart race, will be heading to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August. Image courtesy of Rolex