From wa­ter to wheels for the Wild Oats crew

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IT’S been wheels not wa­ter for the crew of Bob Oat­ley’s record-break­ing su­per­maxi Wild Oats XI, who last week­end com­pleted their most ar­du­ous Syd­ney to Ho­bart chal­lenge yet.

In­stead of be­ing a record­break­ing run over 628 nau­ti­cal miles for the fa­mous rac­ing yacht, its crew have cov­ered a gru­elling 2167 kilo­me­tres from Syd­ney to Ho­bart by pedal power alone.

The trip by bi­cy­cle not boat took 15 days to com­plete – more than 13 days longer than Wild Oats XI’s record time for the Syd­ney Ho­bart race – and all in the name of char­ity.

The Wild Oats XI sailors were among more than 100 cy­clists tak­ing part in the Va­ri­ety Cy­cle, a Va­ri­ety Club char­ity event to raise money for sick and dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Australia.

Iron­i­cally, it was Wild Oats XI crewmem­ber, Steve ‘Mothy’ Jarvin, a vet­eran of 27 Syd­ney Ho­barts, in­clud­ing all 10 of Wild Oats XI’s races, who came up with the con- cept of a fund-rais­ing ride from Syd­ney to Ho­bart af­ter he com­pleted the last Va­ri­ety Cy­cle from Syd­ney to Uluru.

Jarvin and two other Wild Oats XI team mem­bers, Nathan El­lis and Bryce Ruther­ford, rode the en­tire dis­tance from Syd­ney while four oth­ers flew to Ho­bart to sup­port them on the fi­nal leg.

Not sur­pris­ingly, once they reached the fin­ish they did what tens of thou­sands of yachties have done at the end of the Ho­bart race over the past 70 years: they got back on their bikes and went straight to the leg­endary Cus­toms House ho­tel on the dock-front to quench a very de­mand­ing thirst.

The Wild Oats XI team had even more rea­son to cel­e­brate.

They were the most suc­cess­ful team in the fund-rais­ing ef­fort, col­lect­ing al­most $50,000 for the char­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally, ‘Mothy’ was the sec­ond high­est in­di­vid­ual fundraiser.

With the Va­ri­ety Cy­cle hav­ing taken them from sea level to near the sum­mit of Tas­ma­nia’s Cra­dle Moun­tain, which stands at 1545 me­tres, ‘Mothy’, Nathan and Bryce agreed they were look- ing for­ward to this year’s Rolex Syd­ney Ho­bart race – be­cause it will be a lot eas­ier than the bike ride.

Any­one still wish­ing to sup­port the Wild Oats XI team with a do­na­tion can go to https://the­va­ri­ety­cy­cle2015.ev­ery­day­hero.com/ au/nathan-el­lis.

FROM BOAT TO BI­CY­CLE: Three of the Wild Oats XI Va­ri­ety Cy­cle team, Steve Jarvin, Nathan El­lis and Josh Whittaker. Wild Oats XI, in the back­ground, is be­ing pre­pared to con­test this year’s Trans Pac Race, from Los An­ge­les to Hawaii. Photo by TJ Ed­wards.

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