Sunshine Coast crew are doing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race this year on the Banter. Carl Bird, Tom Johnston, Mark Jake Jacobson, Daniel Scott and Harry Blom on board the yacht. Photo: Warren Lynam
Sunshine Coast crew are doing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race this year on the Banter. Carl Bird, Tom Johnston, Mark Jake Jacobson, Daniel Scott and Harry Blom on board the yacht. Photo: Warren Lynam

Sydney to Hobart race a ‘tick off the bucket list’

A GROUP of Sunshine Coast sailors will tick an incredible feat off their bucket lists next month when they compete in the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Mark “Jake” Jacobsen has entered his Beneteau First 45, Banter, into one of the toughest offshore races in the world.

It’s the first time Mr Jacobsen has entered the race, and he says it will be a great opportunity for the local crew.

“Most of the crew ... met sailing in about 2014,” he said. “We’ve done numerous Brisbane to Gladstones, Brisbane to Kepple (Island) yacht races.”

Mr Jacobsen bought the yacht in Sydney about 18 months ago and changed its name to Banter because “that’s what we do”.

Tom Johnston, Harry Blom, Carl Bird, Daniel Scott and Mark Jake Jacobson on board the Banter. Photo: Warren Lynam
Tom Johnston, Harry Blom, Carl Bird, Daniel Scott and Mark Jake Jacobson on board the Banter. Photo: Warren Lynam

“We just hang s--- on each other all the time,” he said.

“We’re just mates that go out and have a lot of fun and try to enjoy our sailing.”

The crew have been conducting regular training sessions to prepare for the race ahead of the boat’s departure to Sydney from Mooloolaba on December 2.

The team from Sunshine Sailing, based at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, will sail Banter to Sydney and bring it back to the Coast from Hobart.

Mr Jacobsen said entering the Sydney to Hobart was a great opportunity for most of the crew who had never competed in the race before.

“We’re doing all the other races, we may as well have a crack at it,” he said.

“(We’ll) tick it off the bucket list.”

Mr Jacobsen also said he was excited to have a “race within a race” against the other four Beneteau First 45s in the running.

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race kicks off on December 26 and ends on December 31.

Full list of Banter crew for the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race:

Mark (Jake) Jacobsen

Mark Browning

Michael (Tom) Johnston

Daniel Scott

Greg Sanderson

Mikaela Sanderson

Piers Dudin

Michael Smith

Ben Clarke



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