Blue Water Classics Signed and Numbered Deluxe Edition (Pre-Order)


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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.



‘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,

Additional information

Weight3 kg
Dimensions33 × 25 × 7 cm
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1945 Rani Art Deco Poster, Tasman Island Print

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