The Most Interesting Ronstan Customer in the World Part 1: Antarctica

I vividly recall my first encounter with Matt Tucker. It was April 2020, COVID was starting to spread throughout the world, and I was making the most of temporarily inheriting the office of a senior colleague thanks to social distancing measures. We received an email from a customer in Tasmania building an experimental racing proa with a 360-degree rotating rig. I knew I must find out more, so I immediately called Matt Tucker.

I soon found out that not only was Matt building a very interesting racing proa but he had also sailed from Hobart to Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica in 2006 with his father and brother on the 34′ Snow Petrel.

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Double-Handing the Sydney-Hobart

Peter Dowdney has competed in the famed Sydney-Hobart race a staggering 16 times, most recently competing in the first ever DoubleHanded division of the race on the 41′ Elliot 1250 Joker on Tourer. However, the Sydney-Hobart was just a warmup for Dowdney and co-skipper Grant Chipperfield, as they train for the longest longitudinal race in the

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