Christmas present for dad?

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About Blue Water Classics

Containing 520 pages ‘of intimate portraits and extensive interviews of some of the absolute legends of the Sydney Hobart yacht race’. Blue Water Classics is Tasmanian photographer and author Andrew Wilson’s latest offering, following on from the release of his much loved two book series Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania.

Documented over four years in collaboration with journalist and Race Media Director Di Pearson. Blue Water Classics has been touted by early reviewers as ‘’a rare book on the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race’ (David Kellett), ‘the next best thing to sailing to Hobart!’ (Philippe Kahn), ‘an extraordinary book’ (Geoff Stagg) and ‘a collectors item.’ (Roger McMillan)

The Text

Wilson takes readers deep behind-the-scenes of the Everest of ocean races with a vast array of intimate and drama filled interviews of owners, competitors, race organisers, search and rescue personal.

The book is accompanied by Pearson’s personal accounts from her 30 + years involvement in a sporting event watch by millions of people every year.

Combined, these ocean racing tales encapsulate the Sydney Hobart’s iconic line honours and handicap victories, the near misses, disputes, rivalries and emotive accounts of the tragic storm ravaged years synonymous with this iconic race.

The Images

Illustrating these stories are over 400 portraits and seascapes captured by Andrew during his time documenting the race, presenting at each turn of the page the salt encrusted faces of sailors and beautiful coastal scenics of the racing fleet on Sydney Harbour, rounding Tasman Island, Storm Bay and finishing under the mountain in Hobart to the cheering crowds.


This is the type of book that your ‘old man’ can settle back with in his favourite chair, and lose himself in for days on end, a wonderful birthday, father’s Day or Christmas present.

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