Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Six days...Sydney to Hobart on a Hobie Cat.

[ABC News] A Sydney father and son have taken less than a week to sail to Hobart in their five-metre catamaran.
Rod Waterhouse and his son Jason, who only had wetsuits to protect them from the weather, left Manly last Tuesday afternoon, and docked in Hobart about 7:00pm AEDT.

The 16-year-old is the world champion in this class of yacht for his age group.

Rod Waterhouse says he has always wanted to cross Bass Strait in the catamaran, and has been watching the weather closely since deciding two months ago to make the attempt.

"There was a lot of preparation on the weather and that's what makes the crossing possible in this type of boat," he said.

"Despite that, you can get it wrong and we made a few little errors, but we've had a lot of experience in this type of craft.

"We got away with it and had a great time."