Today I received confirmation from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) of the requirements to compete for the Defence Force Oggin Cup that is contested during the Sydney to Hobart race: To be eligible to contest for the Oggin Cup the crew composition must have over 50 % of the crew being currently serving or reserves.
In 2009 no Australian or New Zealand Defence Force entry competed so the Oggin Cup has gone offshore to the UK RAF. I would like to lead the crew who will return the Cup to Australia.
Details of 2009 winner:
Oggin Cup - 1st Armed Services Yacht: Discoverer of Hornet, UK Ministry Of Defence
The Oggin Cup is awarded to the first yacht across the line sailed by an armed forces crew. Discoverer of Hornet is one of three yachts crewed by members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Representing the Royal Air Force Discoverer of Hornet is skippered by a woman member of the RAF, Rebecca Walford.
David Thomas designed Discoverer of Hornet and the other two identical 20 metre LOA 1992 'Challenge' Yachts used by the UK Defence Force to race in the S2H and around the world this year. Interestingly the same David Thomas designed my Sigma 36.........Hornet and Thomas…………not sure.......maybe this a sign!
I am in the midst of upgrading the standing rigging, fitting a Slipstream SS folding prop, replacing the rudder bearing, fitting an Offshore Flare Kit, upgrading my First Aid kit to CAT 1 and antifouling prior to my sail back from Penang in September. On my return I will then look at seeking sponsorship for a cruising laminate sail wardrobe and spinnakers.