Blue Water Classics Deluxe Edition – Book Only


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The Deluxe Edition of Blue Water Classics is a special limited edition volume that is hand stamped, numbered and signed, 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.

Presented in a specially designed slipcase, this edition will never exceed 500 copies, ensuring your investment is secure forever.




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‘This new book on Australia’s most famous blue water classic, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will become a collector’s item for anyone who has an interest in the race.  Participants and spectators alike will revel in photographer Andrew Wilson’s amazing array of intimate portraits of some of the absolute legends of the race, including owners, crew, administrators and even the odd journalist. Backed by extensive interviews from journalist and race media manager Di Pearson, who probably knows more about the race than anyone else alive, this is a book that examines the people who make the race. It is not about the boats.

‘As David Kellett AM says in the foreword, “Andrew has covered all aspects of the race from the preparation to the finish and everything in between, including the personalities involved in the control of the race, the safe haven of Eden and the officers of the vital search and rescue organisations. A great insight into what goes on behind the scenes each year.”

‘If you have competed in the race, are planning to in the future, or if you just love great stories about people doing exceptional things under difficult conditions, then you will love this book.

‘It packs an enormous amount of content and some truly remarkable photographs into its 520 pages. It is a book you can immerse yourself in for days on end.  All the adrenaline and drama of the great race is here – the heroes, the villains, the folklore and everything in between.  Settle in for one of the best yachting reads of your life.’

– Roger McMillan, Editor,

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Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 33 × 25 × 7 cm
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1945 Rani Art Deco Poster, Tasman Island Print

10 reviews for Blue Water Classics Deluxe Edition – Book Only

  1. admin (verified owner)

    ‘I just want to say I’ve just seen Blue Water Classics at Petrarchs bookstore in Launceston – what a MAGNIFICENT work of art!! And what a legacy to your passion and dedication to the production from start to finish… And those photographs! Absolutely stunning… You’ve certainly captured the passion and the love all those people have, for “The Hobart”!! So, Congratulations!!!!’ – Angie Boyes

  2. admin (verified owner)

    My book arrived yesterday. It’s beautiful! A ‘must have’ for anyone who loves our Great Race.’ – Tracy Matthews / Immediate Past Commodore RYCT / Finish Coordinator RSHYR

  3. admin (verified owner)

    Congrats on the excellent Blue Water Classics book I picked up last week. I really like the layout, the colouring and the stories therein. A great job by you and your team, and something to be extremely proud of. Of course the outstanding reference was to the two ‘Shippies Regulars’, which just brought it all together! – Chris Drury.

  4. admin (verified owner)

    “Wow! The book is wonderful! Congratulations on an incredible achievement.” – Tiare Tomaszewski

  5. admin (verified owner)

    “One absolutely tremendous book! There is a great integrity to the work as a whole, yet with so many diverse stories covering every aspect of the race, and the pictures are just beautiful. What a staggering amount of work and love has gone into this.” – Ellen Jensen

  6. admin (verified owner)

    Hi Andy and Di,

    Have just opened up my Blue Water Classic – what a stunning production and some great sailing stories ahead of me. A result that you will feel proud to have invested considerable time and effort in and something I will feel proud to have on my shelf, and to know the people who produced it. Superb.

    The poster is already framed and hanging. Thank you!


  7. admin (verified owner)

    Dear Di,

    Your long term dream, now a wonderful reality!
    Congratulations, you must be literally walking on air, a fabulous
    book, that will delight so many, can you imagine all the favourite
    watering holes, where sailors love to gather and to discuss all the
    characters, legends and history of the race!
    From your grandmothers house in Watsons Bay to my grandfathers house across the
    harbour in Clifton Gardens, the beginnings of the Sydney to Hobart,
    post World War 2, took shape, I don’t imagine anyone way back then
    would have imagined the race to grow and become the spectacle it now is!
    Looking forward to some long downtime reading!
    So thrilled for you, some of the photographs just amazing, which both
    Monte and Dad would love!

    Warmest regards,

    Lindy and Graeme

  8. admin (verified owner)

    Hi Andrew

    What can I say….the book is stunning!
    I picked it up a few hours ago, the dog has missed her walk, and I forgot to have dinner!

    Congratulations to you and Di, I think there will be many copies under Xmas trees this year.

    Kind regards


  9. admin (verified owner)

    Hi Andrew,

    Chris Sargent ex- Rosny College here mate – I have always loved your work and your lastest book looks as good as your first two – Congrats on 5 years of dedication, energy and perseverance!

    I read your article in the newspaper this week. Your vision, passion and talent in bringing these salty sea dogs and sailing legends stories to life are fantastic. The images really do tell as much of the story as the text itself.

    Enjoy the spoils and accolades that come your way with this latest publication mate.
    All the very best.

    Kind regards,

    Chris Sargent

  10. admin (verified owner)

    ‘Gifted your book to my father in-law, avid sailer, he hasn’t put it down. Amazing work Andrew’ – Forty Degrees Creative

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