November 30, 2012

White Island yacht race won by DTA duo

Sally and Rob on their yacht.

Sally Garrett and her co-skipper Rob Croft, during the Around White Island Race. Photo courtesy of Suellen Hurling, Royal Akarana Yacht Club.

Sally Garrett, DTA Environmental Scientist, and her co-skipper Rob Croft won the 320 nautical mile Around White Island Race.

The race was held on 23 November, starting and finishing at Auckland’s Orakei Wharf.

Racing against a field of 13 boats, they won the event on performance based handicap. Sally and Rob also won the 2-handed division for crews with only 2 crew members.

Their yacht, ‘Expedition Coppelia’, is a Farr-designed 11.6 metre (38 ft) sloop.

Sally and Rob are no strangers to sailing together. In February 2012 they completed New Zealand’s longest yacht race, the gruelling 2-handed race Round New Zealand. With only 28 people having previously completed this race, their result was a significant achievement. Especially for Sally, who was the first woman to complete the race.

Learn more about Sally’s sailing activities [Expedition Coppelia website]