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  • Marine Rescue NSW's Sydney to Hobart Winner
  • January 04, 2016

Marine Rescue NSW Emergency Systems Manager Andrew Cribb has returned to work victorious as a member of the crew on Paul Clitheroe’s 2015 Sydney to Hobart winner, Balance.

Congratulations to all on board Balance, line honours winner Comanche and all the yachts that competed in the blue water classic.

A strong southerly change, delivering winds of up to 48 knots, hit the fleet's frontrunners along the NSW south coast just hours after the start of the race in Sydney Harbour. The conditions saw approximately a third of the fleet retire, including favourite Wild Oats XI and Black Jack, whose owner was transferred to Jervis Bay 40 and transported to shore by Marine Rescue Jervis Bay members for medical treatment for a fractured leg late on December 27.

Andrew, pictured with his wife Nicole Jervis and the winner’s trophy, said the first night of the race had been tough, cold and wet, although nothing unexpected from the forecast and strategy the Balance crew was following.

“When we got hit with the second predicted front the morning of the 27th, it came through a lot harder than we thought and stayed in a little longer. Luckily, we had a good strategy in place which is evident when you look at how many boats had to retire,” he said.

“We didn’t get out completely unscathed; we had mainsail damage and our owner was nursing a very sore back from being thrown from one side of the boat to the other after going off a wave.

“It lightened off at the right time for us. We managed to do some urgent repairs to our mainsail and push for the next point vital to our race strategy.

“In the end our plan worked and we were lucky enough to walk away with the prize,” Andrew said.


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