April 2013

Syd Fischer (AUS)

Persistence – or patience – either could be described as the theme of this month’s contest. Syd Fischer crossed the line second on his latest, chartered Ragamuffin in what was his 44th Sydney-Hobart race. It says a lot about offshore racing that even at the age of 85 Syd Fischer never gave a thought to missing the traditional Boxing Day start. Though, to be fair, he’s been smart enough for his boats to get a little larger with the years…
 Why they won
‘Keep on going, Syd!’ – Malcolm Salmon; ‘I’ve sailed with Syd for 10 Hobarts at least now and no owner has done more to support offshore sailing in Australia’ – David ‘Rat’ Blanchfield; ‘Syd’s been an inspiration for all of us getting on a bit in years!’ – Jeff Condell; ‘That man has a passion for sailing and will just never give up’ – Darrell Colliver; ‘You know it was a great one when you remember a race 35 years later – as was my last trip with Syd. Hope you win this, even though it will doubtless pi** you off!’ – Spencer Easton.