The 1998 Sydney to Hobart was the worst tragedy in the history of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The storm that exploded on the fleet, referred to as the “Bass Strait Bomb”, rolled several boats more than once. Storm winds of up to 80 knots sank 5 boats, forced 7 to be abandoned, 16 to call for help and 115 boats to retire. During that event 56 crew were rescued and 6 men were lost to the sea.
My pilot’s, Ralph Schwertner and John Townley, my 21 year-old daughter Alice (also a photographer), and I, stayed out in the storm in our plane. We assisted search and rescue efforts to locate the stricken vessels and photographed what we saw.