Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clew Ring New Generic

'Plastic Bag man' gathers crew for Australian circumnavigation

by SOS Racing on 25 Jan 2011
BRINDABELLA © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Having taken the solo record for the fastest circumnavigation of Australia earlier this year, Ian Thomson, the founder of Save Our Seas Australia which seeks to eliminate plastic bags from society, is setting up to take on the crewed monohull record held by David Pescud’s Sailors with disabilities program when they set a time of 37 days onboard the 53ft Kaz.

SOS Ocean Racing, the sailing arm of Save Our Seas Australia, is out to raise awareness of the damage plastic bags and plastics are doing to the environment. They use their world record attempts to raise the awareness and the effects are starting to show. Already South Australia has a ban on plastic bags. Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia are all pushing through legislation presently and the pressure is on the rest of the states and territories to respond.

Whilst Mr Thomson’s focus is on Save Our Seas Australia, he has also set up branches in New Zealand, based out of the National Environment Center in Nelson as well as a branch in Florida. The aim is to create the awareness of the damage plastic bags and plastics are doing to our environment so people think about their use of these ‘convenience’ items and then put pressure on the governments. Mr Thomson also spends a great deal of time travelling around schools talking to students about the issue and encouraging them to change their habits at an early age.

On arriving back from his solo world record, Mr Thomson set about finding an appropriate boat for the crewed venture. At the top of the list as Australia’s most famous ocean racing yacht, the almighty Brindabella. After several calls to new owner Jim Cooney, the director of TPI Group who manufacture wind farms around the world, a deal was struck and Brindabella is now gearing up for the attempt on the record. Mr Cooney will be joining Mr Thomson on the record attempt along with Brindabella’s boat manager Justin Sutherland and crew boss Matthew Pearce.

Most world record sailing attempts for fully crewed vessels are taken on by fully paid professional crew however Mr Thomson decided to open up positions for the crew to any sailor around the world. After 123 applications were received, today they announced a short list of candidates still vying for spots as well as a core crew of 9 who are guaranteed to take part.

The core crew consists of:
Ian Thomson (QLD) who will act as sailing master.
Jim Cooney (NSW) who owns Brindabella and will act as one of three Watch Captains.
Justin ‘Bluey’ (NSW) Sutherland, who is current boat manager and will be the second watch captain.
Matthew Pearce (NSW) , who is current crew boss and will act as the final watch captain.
Sophie Cistek (VIC) will take on the role of bow.
Charles ‘Chuck’ Kosecki (QLD) will take on middle bow.
David Ward (WA) will take on a trimming role.
Wendy Tuck (NSW) will be in control of hydraulics and main traveller.

And a final core crew spot is TBA. This person will certainly make the team however needs to notify certain people before we can make an announcement.

The final 9 spots will be fought out between the following candidates
David Anderson – QLD and Fred Pezzimenti – VIC
Mark Christiansen – QLD and Kyle Rose – QLD
Tom Connal – NZ and Nash Stahmer – VIC
Pierre Devalux – Belgium and Daniel Taylor – WA
Colin Dymond – WA and Michael Tilden – NSW
Craig Greenhill – NSW and Geoff Tomlins – QLD
Grant Jones – NZ and Tim Wuth – QLD
Ryan Kaveney – NSW
Martin Kirkerterp – Denmark
Josh Leppard – QLD
Annie McComb – TAS
Luke Parkinson – WA
Damien Parnham – NSW
Julian Payne – NZ

The level of resumes received was of an extremely high standard and includes Olympic Gold Medalists, and people who have done over 10 Rolex Sydney Hobarts,

‘We have the makings of an amazing team’ Ian said today at the launch. ‘The shortlist will now go into trials throughout January before we announce the final 18 on February 1st. We will then reconvene in Sydney on April 10th and sail the almighty Brindabella to Brisbane in time for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race at Easter. We then sail the boat back to Sydney and will depart in May 2011 to tackle the record. The hope is to go under 30 days.’

Also announced at today’s launch was the official technical clothing brand. All crew gear will be provided by Gill Australia. Gill recently supported David le Rothchild’s Plastiki campaign and when SOS Ocean Racing approached Gill Australia director Paul Shultz, he was only too pleased to be involved.

For more information on this campaign, click here

For more information on the activities of Save Our Seas Australia, NZ and Florida visit click here
InSunSport - NZBarz Optics - Kids rangeAncasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted today at 9:57 am
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA's AC50 well underway in Warkworth
Oracle Team USA’s new America’s Cup Class boat is taking shape at the team’s build facility in New Zealand Oracle Team USA’s new America’s Cup Class boat is taking shape at the team’s build facility in New Zealand, Core Builders Composites, Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland. The major components for the 15-meter platform, including the hulls and cross beams, have now been built.
Posted on 28 Aug
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA play catch up with Softbank Team Japan
Back in April 2017, Softbank Team Japan mastered the foiling tack in their AC45 Surrogate boats Back in April 2017, Softbank Team Japan mastered the foiling tack in their AC45 Surrogate boats, claiming to be the first AC team to have achieved the move. Two days later Oracle Team USA claimed to have done the same.
Posted on 28 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
SoftBank Team Japan achieve first foiling tack
SoftBank Team Japan announced today that they cracked foiling tack earlier this year while training with their AC45 boat SoftBank Team Japan announced today that they cracked the foiling tack earlier this year while training with their AC45 Sport test boat in Bermuda.
Posted on 26 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
America's Cup - Architect of NZ Qualifier withdrawal steps down
The Commissioner for the America's Cup General Dr. Harvey Schiller has stepped down from the role The Commissioner for the America's Cup General Dr. Harvey Schiller has stepped down from the role and will finish at the end of the month. The move was confirmed today by America's Cup correspondent Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press.
Posted on 23 Aug
An Q&A with Steve and Heidi Benjamin about the NYYC’s 2016 Queen’s Cup
Sail-World caught up with Steve and Heidi Benjamin to learn more about Heidi’s historic win in the NYYC’s Queen’s Cup. When it comes to U.S. Grand Prix sailing, it’s hard not to encounter the names of Steve and Heidi Benjamin. The two highly polished sailors have been successfully campaigning their series of yachts, named SPOOKIE, for years, starting first with a Carkeek 40 and progressing to their TP52. I caught up with Steve and Heidi to learn more about Heidi’s historic win in the NYYC’s Queen’s Cup
Posted on 19 Aug
PredictWind - One stop shop
PredictWind have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software PredictWind the world leader in forecasting believe that more is better, and have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Fresher breezes expected inside and outside on Day 3
Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the fleet scheduled to race outside on the Atlantic Ocean course off Copacabana Beach, while the 470 Men and Women will race inside on Guananara Bay.
Posted on 10 Aug