Wild Rose headed for Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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

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