Offshore Yachting : February March 2008
schedules that made it imperative that we go to Australia in spite of the high costs. We knew that new STP65s would have the advantage of time so our best chance was to improve the team by facing the best competition in the world. At that point Australia became mandatory for the overall program. The trip far exceeded every goal we set for ourselves and we thank the Australian people for all their warmth, kindness and extreme competitiveness. Australia is a 'must do' for any serious racer. For us, it is a 'must do again.'" Asked whether the Rolex Sydney Hobart was as challenging as expected, Roger replied, "The race was more difficult than I expected, but of course I knew it could be even worse. We were well prepared for anything but you can never be prepared for everything. Nature always has a way to make you humble." And what's next for Rosebud? "On to Newport, then Bermuda, the Maxi Worlds in Sardinia, and then the Middle Sea race in Malta," said Roger, "and then we hope to return as soon as possible to Australia but we are quite budget limited. With a new fleet of STP65s on the way, we hope to convince them to go to Australia for all it has to offer. Sydney is a dream harbour and yacht racing does not have a better venue nor with better people, but Hobart had the fans up close and involved with all the proceedings. I will never forget the reception we had in Hobart and this was well before we could begin to think we had won." For further information on Rosebud Racing visit www.rosebudracing.com offshore | 43 O THE ROSEBUD RACING TEAM MANAGEMENT Roger Sturgeon -- Owner/Skipper, Isobel Sturgeon -- Owner/Crew on buoy races. Her opinion matters as much or more than anyone else in the program; David Cardinali -- Managing Director -- Handles all payments to boatyards, crew; fills out race entries; secures insurance (does all the behind the scene stuff that keeps the program running); makes most monetary decisions; helps co-ordinate logistics and create projections; at race locations, David is the buffer between crew and owner; Malcolm Park -- Project Manager (Main Trimmer) -- Does crew negotiations; handles most media requests; the team's technical and political representative; creates projections with Dave for Roger to assess upcoming schedules; was intricately involved in the build of the boat; helps choose hotels and coordinate logistics and much, much more; Jack Halterman (Helmsman) -- Roger's oldest sailing partner and his right-hand man. Jack was also intricately involved in the build of the boat and knows it inside and out; always fills the gaps where the others overlook something; almost always involved in the commissioning and decommissioning of the boat and onboard for most deliveries. CREW FOR THE ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE ALSO INCLUDED: Jimmy Slaughter -- Boat Captain (Grinder/Hydraulics Specialist) -- Jimmy has been the Boat Captain since the campaign began in June 2007 and has been nothing short of spectacular; Kevin Miller -- Tactician -- Kevin has been sailing with Rosebud since the TP52 version in 2003; he has missed only a couple of regattas with the program since then; Tom Addis -- Navigator -- Tom has sailed with Rosebud only once before but in that previous race he guided the TP52 Rosebud to an overall win in the 2005 Transpac. Results like that speak for themselves; Justin Clougher -- Bowman -- Justin has done every race with the new STP65 (since June 2007) and also did one previous race with the TP52 Rosebud in 2005; nickname 'Juggy;' Mikey Joubert -- Mastman -- Mikey has done all the races with the STP65 and did three races with the TP52 in 2004; Keats Keeley -- Mastman -- Keats has been with the Rosebud program since we had the TP52; he also rarely misses a regatta; John Hayes -- Jib Trimmer -- John has been racing with the program since 2004. Also now rarely misses a race; Anthony Merrington -- Spinnaker Trimmer -- Anthony has done all but two regattas with the STP65 Rosebud; an Australian, he helped the campaign with his knowledge of Sydney Harbour and Australian waters; nickname 'Youngster;' Andy Meiklejohn -- Pitman -- Australia was Andy's first three races with the program; an extremely hard worker; Wade Morgan -- Grinder -- Same as Andy, Australia was Wade's first three races with the Rosebud program; he provided local knowledge; nickname 'Bubs;' Mark Callahan -- The Rolex Sydney Hobart was Mark's second race with the STP65; he only did the Hobart in Australia, not the SOLAS or Big Boat Challenge; another hard worker with a great attitude. Speaking of Rosebud's crew, Roger said, "As you can see, a lot of our crew stay with the program. There are usually three or four spots that we try to have locals on board, however those locals are generally sailors who have sailed with the program in the past. Using locals saves the program costs on rooming and airfares and if we can find good quality and save some money, we are always going to do that. I think it's rare in sailing to see a crew made up of the same guys over and over again. The boat clearly reaps the benefits of these guys knowing not only their physical positions on the boat but also their roles on the boat. The chemistry onboard is amazing. They are always thinking three to four steps ahead and many of them could sail in any position on the boat." The STP65 Rosebud the day of her launch Malcolm Park.
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