When Jessica unveiled her boat Ella Bache another Challenge on Sept. 20, her trademark pink theme caught the eye of everyone at the Gold Coast City Marina. Amidst a large media contingent and guests on a glorious Queensland day, champagne broke across the bow as Jessica and Ella Bache’s CEO Pippa Hallas blessed her and her crew as they prepare for the 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Jessica will skipper the youngest crew to ever compete in the 66-year history of the iconic event. The crew of 10, all of whom are 22 or younger, will have an average age of just 19 on race day.
During the speeches, Jessica thanked her sponsors for supporting the campaign, namely Ella Bache, Macquarie Life Active, IGA, Deloitte, ansarada and Musto. She was introduced by the affable ‘Black Joe’ Akacich of Australian Marine Enterprises who was very vocal in his support of Jessica and her team
Also in attendance were three of Jessica’s crew Leigh Thorne, Lisa Chamberlain and Sean Lindsell, each of whom have extensive sailing experience.
“We have a great crew, with plenty of skills and experience. Everyone is looking forward to assembling in Sydney in a few weeks time, when we will embark on an intensive 12 week campaign leading up to the event,” said Jessica.
“The Rolex Sydney to Hobart is every young sailor’s dream and it will be an amazing experience. I am confident our crew is able to handle ourselves out there. We are realistic about the challenges. We know it’s the toughest race in the world, but we will give ourselves the best possible preparation.”
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