‘No hesitation’ in rescue at sea
MISSION Performance crew member Gavin Reid and skipper Greg Miller may have been aboard the last of the Clipper yachts to arrive at Airlie Beach but the rescue they performed at sea was worth the sacrifice they made of losing the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race.
Mission Performance was battling east coast lows off New South Wales on Day 4 of the race when the SOS came through from nonClipper yacht M3.
Mr Miller said he had “no hesitation” in responding to the call and immediately diverted to the stricken yacht where a crew member was stuck up the mast. In heavy seas there was no chance of bringing the boats alongside so 27-year-old Glaswegian Gavin Reid, a former supply chain co-ordinator with “zero” sailing background, volunteered to get in the water and head to the other boat.
Mr Reid is deaf and had to carry his hearing aid inside his dry suit for the journey across.
“That was what I was most nervous about actually – whether my hearing aid would survive the journey, but thankfully it did,” he said.
Mr Reid said he remembered transferring a dummy between boats in his prerace training regime.
“But I never thought one day that could be me. It happened so quickly I still can’t believe I actually jumped off the boat in the middle of the ocean,” he said.
Mission Performance was given 11 hours 39 minutes redress time but it wasn’t enough to avoid last place, with the crew crossing the finish line at 8.28am on Monday.
“We were hoping the wind would fill in and we would get a better time but that never happened and it is what it is,” Mr Miller said.
“That’s ocean racing and that’s something that we’re getting used to.”
HERO'S WELCOME: Mission Performance crew member Gavin Reid and skipper Greg Miller shortly after arriving in port.