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Story Contributors: Alby Pratt, Rob Greenhalgh, Aaron Cole

Sydney Hobart Tool Kit

The Rolex Sydney-Hobart is fast approaching. Does your team have what it takes to take on this 628nm race? Here is what you should know before you leave the dock. Created just for you, by your local team of offshore racing experts.



Sarah O’Kane from Shorebase Logistics is familiar with this race and many like it. Hear more on what’s important when it comes to properly provisioning before any offshore marathon, like the Sydney-Hobart.


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Crew Watch Systems

To get the best out of everyone while racing the boat hard around the clock, the skipper or sailing master needs a clear view of each crew member’s skill sets.


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Australian summers can make for the ultimate offshore experience. Be prepared for everything with Chris Bedford, world renowned sailing meteorologist with 30+ years of experience and expertise in marine and coastal meteorology.


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Reefing Systems

Sailing in big breeze can be fun, exciting, maybe stressful, and expensive when things go wrong. Reefing a sail quickly and easily when the breeze comes on is key to looking after your sails and your crew.


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Post-Race Sail Service

Crossed the finish line and need a sail repair? North Sails Certified Service Experts will be onsite and ready to get your sails repaired so you can get back in action.


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Winning The Delivery Back Home

Preparing successfully to compete in the biggest offshore races requires putting your attention to every detail. From the start of the delivery trip all the way to the starting line of the race, here’s what you need to know.


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Story Contributors

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Alby Pratt

One Design Expert, Sail Expert, Sales Manager — Sydney, Australia

Since 1988, Alby has held almost every position within the loft: sailmaker, service manager, project manager, sales consultant and sales manager. Getting a job as a sailmaker was a great way to get into competitive sailing on a full-time basis. Dealing...

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Rob Greenhalgh

One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Sydney, Australia

Rob Greenhalgh joined North Sails in 2018 and is the International Moth Class Leader. A UK native, Rob learned to sail at age seven from his parents while the family was living in Sri Lanka. After the family moved back to...

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Aaron Cole

Loft Manager, One Design Expert, Sail Expert — Melbourne, Australia

Aaron Cole is the Loft Manager in Melbourne and a former America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and Audi MedCup sailmaker. Aaron has a wide range of expertise in both offshore and inshore high performance yacht racing. He's competed in 16...

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