Red Jacket is a Radford designed 12.2 metre yacht named after the clipper sailing ship which broke many passage speed records in the 1860’s and was one of the fastest ships of its time. Red Jacket won the 1999 Sydney to Hobart race in its Division. Annette watched the start of the 1987 Melbourne Osaka Cup as a sailing obsessed 17 year old and so it is with great excitement that she is now able to participate.
Both Annette and husband Gerry have many years of experience racing. They are looking forward to the challenge of the 2018 race and Annette particularly wants to use the opportunity to encourage her children and other female sailors to take up the sport and strive to achieve.
Preparations for the race are a little complicated with Annette (a remote area nurse) living in northern NSW and Andrew in Victoria. Planning includes fitting a cutter rig with furlers, developing power generation and improving electronics on board.