Houseboat to Hobart

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

This harbour will be crammed by boats today all watching the start of the Sydney-Hobart

One of the biggest yachting races starts today. It is also one of the biggest tourist attractions as tens of thousands of people line the shoreline of Sydney Harbour to watch the beginning of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race.

Sleek, fast yachts, most purposely built for speed and the ability to win the race are designed and constructed months in advance. Crews, honed to teamwork and athleticism have been practising for ages in order to winner the coveted trophy.

Step forward then, Danielle Ovenden, a yabby farmer from Lake Macquarie who has turned her cruising boat, Let’s Go, back into a racing yacht to take on the millionaires in the 70th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. (Incidentally a yabby is a crayfish)

In truth though, the yacht was originally a racing yacht but it was converted in 2002 to cruise. Before it became a home, the yacht had sailed the Sydney Hobart three times before but now all those homely comforts have been removed so that it once again resembles the vessel it once was.

Danielle has sailed in the race before so what are her chances of winning this year? Not good if the truth was said. But she does stand a better chance of winning the award for first female skipper home.

It doesn’t really matter; the crowds will just be cheering on a yacht that became a houseboat which reverted to a yacht.

UPDATE: 29 -12-2014. Let’s Go completed the race in 71st position (out of the 105 which are still in the the race; a further 12 retired)

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