Meet the Board: RYANI
Chair, Jackie Patton
RYANI’s Chair and Olympic sailor Jackie Patton has returned
from competing in the “all Australian leg” of the Clipper Round the World yacht
race. But this is not the first time she has raced across some of the toughest
oceans in the world.
During the last edition of the race 2015/16 Jackie was
“trimmer” on board GB & NI. The team finished in third place overall. During her training Jackie competed in the
Rolex Fastnet race, finishing in the top third of the fleet.
In her latest adventure, Jackie joined the American Stock
Exchange sponsored yacht NASDAQ, in Freemantle Australia.
Commenting on the experience, Jackie said: “With three races
in total on the Australian leg, the first route took us diagonally across the
Southern ocean, via Tasmania up to Sydney. Roller coaster waves in cold
temperatures provided a challenge.”
It has been a long held ambition for Jackie to participate
in the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart race. On Boxing Day 102 yachts started.
Jackie explained: “This race attracts Olympic and Americas
Cup vetrans. NASDAQ finished third in her class and again I was in the role as
“trimmer” on the 75ft yacht. After a short stopover to join in with the New
Year celebrations, we were on the start line again, this time heading for the
Jackie added: “Navigating across the notorious Bass Strait
for a third time, heading north, the yachts encountered, powerful local storms
and a Tropical storm which provided winds over 70 miles an hour. As if this
wasn’t enough wind holes and current prevented us from getting into port on
Jackie said goodbye in Airlie Beach. Currently the fleet are
racing for Quindao in China before taking on the Pacific Ocean. The whole race
finishes on 28th July in Liverpool.
The Clipper fleet will feature as part of the Foyle Maritime
Festival in Londonderry 10th-22nd July 2018.
There will be free
opportunities to view and see what life is like on board these iconic ocean
racing yachts. Please be advised the tours are usually scheduled during the
week only. www.clipperroundtheworld.com www.foylemaritimefestival.com