Nickname: Hendo

Role: Pit. You don’t need muscles as it’s all driven by hydraulics, which is why we can all be so old and still be in a job.

Background: I grew up in Jan Juc in Victoria and started sailing as a kid in dinghies.

Been part of the Wild Oats program since: 2005

Number of Hobart Races: This will be my 25th

Toughest part of the race: Keeping up with the boys in the Customs House at the end. The sailing is the easy part.

Being on the start line on Boxing Day: It’s incredible; a great privilege to be in the harbour with all the boats, spectators, and the excitement around the race.