Esperance's Anger Management to compete in 75th Sydney to Hobart

Anger Management FLG skippers Robbie Johnston and Tim Stewart. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Anger Management FLG skippers Robbie Johnston and Tim Stewart. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

After a strong finish in last year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the crew of Anger Management FLG will take on the daunting journey one last time.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the event. Entries have more than doubled, with 170 vessels registered for the three-and-a-half day voyage in 2019.

The 10-member crew of Esperance-based Salona 44 Anger Management will be led by skippers Tim Stewart, Robbie Johnston and Stuart McIntyre.

Racers from across the globe will take off from Sydney on Boxing Day over a 630 nautical mile course en route to Hobart.

Anger Management finished a respectable 36th overall and ninth in Division 3 in 2018.

The local skippers are hoping to achieve a higher placement this year, but the ultimate goal is to finish.

"Finishing is still our number one priority," Mr Stewart said.

"After finishing the race last year, I think we'd be devastated not to make it to the end."

The Esperance-based Anger Management FLG will take on the 75th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Supplied.

The Esperance-based Anger Management FLG will take on the 75th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Photo: Supplied.

In 2018, several boats did not complete the race due to a range of issues including a snapped mast on the first night, a snapped rudder and a broken keel.

"All these things can happen. There were six retirees last year," Mr Johnston said.

Mr Johnston said fatigue would likely be the crew's number one issue.

"It will be three-and-a-half days with limited sleep," he said.

"Everyone gets very tired and that's probably the biggest challenge."

Last year, the crew had a professional sailor on board, but they're going it alone this time.

"It will be a little bit interesting without him," Mr Stewart said.

"We were probably bit more blasé than him. So this will be an eye opener."

The skippers decided to take on the race once again because of the historic nature of the anniversary and because most of the boat preparation had already been done from last year.

Mr Stewart said this would be the last time he entered Anger Management into the event.

"If we were going to do it again, it needed to be now before everything wears out again," he said.

The Pier Hotel is hosting a Send Off Sailors (SOS) event on Sunday, December 15 from 2pm.

The afternoon will include sailing stories, live music and drinks and merchandise from Mount Gay Rum, which is the drink of choice for the Anger Management team.

All are welcome.

Anger Management has thanked its major sponsor Freight Line Group and its other sponsors, The Pier Hotel, South East Petroleum and Liquor Barons.