Meet some of the 24 person crew
Find out more about Perpetual LOYAL’s handpicked team of professional and celebrity sailors.
Jessica Watson set out to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the World.
Since Joshua Slocum first sailed singlehanded around the world in the late 1890’s, sailors of all nationalities and ages have been drawn to this ultimate challenge: The Everest of sailing.
Slocum’s epic tale of his voyage, “Sailing Alone Round the World”, has captivated a global audience of readers for over a hundred years.
Following on, record-breaking solo circumnavigations by heroes like Francis Chichester and Robin Knox-Johnston have captured the attention and the hearts of people all over the world.
Inspired in her turn by Kay Cottee, the first woman to sail solo non-stop unassisted around the world and by Jesse Martin, the youngest person to do so, Jessica Watson set her sights on beating Jesse’s achievement and stopped the nation when she sailed back into Sydney Harbour on 15 May, 2010.
Rugby union great, Phil Waugh is a born and raised Sydney sider and one of the country's top sportsmen.
His professional career began in 2000 playing for NSW Waratahs swiftly followed by a selection for the Wallabies Spring Tour of Europe. Since then, he has been a regular Wallaby player, famous for his ability in the ruck and his powerful strength when tackling (an attribute we hope will come in handy when working the winch!).
Phil’s progress on the rugby field was stilted in 2002 when an ankle injury caused him to miss out on an entire international season - however, he certainly he made up for it in 2003. During this year he played 13 of the 14 Wallabies tests, was named vice captain for that year’s World Cup and was awarded the John Eales Medal Awards for the Wallabies’ Best and Fairest Player.
In June 2011, Phil announced his retirement from the sport following the Rugby World Cup.
With a record for the highest number of tackles in an AFL career, courage and determination are apt words when it comes to describing footy star, Jude Bolton.
Beginning his career with Aberfeldie in Melbourne’s north-west, Jude moved on to play for the Sydney Swans in 1998. As his career progressed, Jude became renowned for his tackles where he quite literally threw himself at the ball at every opportunity. His highest number of tackles in a game came in a Round 3 2011 match where he laid 19 - a record number to this day.
On 25 August, 2013, Jude announced his retirement from the game and played his last match for the Swans against Fremantle on 21 September. Here’s hoping he can bring back that competitive spirit to the high seas this year!
Aussie sailing superstar, Tom, grew up on the NSW central coast and is currently the reigning world champion and Olympic gold medallist in the laser class.
Training hard as youngster to be a professional tennis player, Tom moved into sailing with a strong work ethic and was no stranger to a tough training schedule. Since 2007, he has been achieving great things on the water including an impressive five world titles at the Laser dingy world champions, a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and in the same year, won the Australian Institute of Sport’s Athlete of the Year Award.
Most recently, Tom has taken on position of tactician strategist in Oracle Team USA who just won the 34th America’s Cup. He has just re-signed with Oracle to defend the Cup in 2014. With the most accomplished sea legs of them all, we hope Tom is ready to pass on some of his sailing expertise to his fellow Perpetual LOYAL team members!
Guillaume is one of Australia’s most popular and celebrated chefs. The French-born culinary expert made the move to Sydney back in the 90s and has since made a name for himself behind the helm of numerous acclaimed restaurants.
Most notably, Guillaume has been head chef of Guillaume at Bennelong since 2001, a three-hatted restaurant at the Sydney Opera House. Since opening, Guillaume at Bennelong has garnered numerous accolades from publications including Conde Naste Traveller, SMH and Gourmet Traveller.
When not preparing gastronomical delights, Guillaume is known as an avid rugby fan. He has played rugby at an elite level and is a keen follower of the French National Rugby Team. A proud supporter of the Bestest Foundation, Guillaume is actively involved in a number of charities and has played host to several charity events at his restaurant over the years.
Karl is best known for his antics as co-host of the Nine Network’s breakfast program, Today. A much loved Australian TV personality, Karl is the proud owner of a Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality, and Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter.
Karl has been making waves in the television industry for almost 20 years, having begun his career as a cadet reporter for WIN Television in 1994. Since moving to the Nine Network in 2000, Karl has hosted a number of popular news programs including Carols by Candlelight, A Current Affair and the evening reports for the 2012 London Olympics.
In December 2011 Karl was a crewmember aboard racing supermaxi yacht Investec LOYAL when it won line honours in the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Fingers-crossed he brings his A-game again for this year's race!
Larry is a beloved Australian television personality. His current regular gig sees him co-hosting The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies.
Larry began his career as a copyboy at The Sydney Morning Herald, before moving into television. At age 17 he became Australia’s youngest national newsreader, presenting the overnight news for Seven Network in Australia. After spending time in news and current affairs as a reporter and newsreader, and presenter on Good Morning Australia, Emdur switched to hosting game shows and variety television.
Larry is best known for hosting a number of popular game shows including Wheel of Fortune, Cash Bonanza and most notably – The Price Is Right. Larry made a name for himself as host of Australian game show The Price is Right from 1993-1998.