About the Book

Watched by millions of people around Australia and worldwide every year on Boxing Day, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a 628 nautical mile passage into the depths of the southern ocean’s Roaring Forties that pushes sailors, organisers and at times, search and rescue personnel, to the limit of their mental and physical endurance.

Over 520 beautifully illustrated pages, photographer and storyteller Andrew Wilson, with journalist and Race Media Director Di Pearson, present Blue Water Classics: Portraits of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – a compelling and intimate publication with over 40 personal accounts from owners, crew, officials and search and rescue personnel that are filled with all the drama and emotion tied into attempting to win ‘the Hobart’.

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Following on from his best selling series Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania, Blue Water Classics is illustrated by over 4o0 portraits and seascapes captured using the Fuji Film GFX 50s medium format camera system, ensuring the highest level of detail and spectacular print reproduction.



Pre-Order Today

The Deluxe Edition of Blue Water Classics is now available for pre-order. Each book is signed, numbered and presented in its own slipcase, with a unique hardback cover featuring an illustration of the race’s rhumb line and course, specially commissioned for the book by Tasmanian artist David Fooks.

This very special release also comes with either an A4 print of ‘1945 Winner Rani and Captain John Illingworth’, the first in my series of commemorative Art Deco posters (a collaboration with Artist John Penney), or, an A4 print of ‘Tasman Island Shrouded In Mist’ which features in the book. Both artworks printed by Full Gamut Fine Art Printers in Hobart on Hahnemühle 100% cotton papers and the highest quality archival ink-sets.

The books are currently with the printer and will arrive in early November, when they will be immediately shipped to your specified address.


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