Andrew Griffiths, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Mornington Peninsula, purchased this boat in 2010, after receiving the blessing from his wife to follow his dreams of sailing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. After trying for a child together for several years and with both of them about to give up hope Sara suggested that Andrew buy the boat – on the day that Griffiths put the deposit on the boat (now aptly named Fullynpushing), he found out his wife was pregnant with their son Rufus! Now, convinced that the “fertility gods are keen on sailing”, Griffiths is racing in support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Griffiths will set off for Hobart on Boxing Day with a crew of eight men and two women, who are all keen and able sailors but mostly new to the rigours of Australia’s blue water classic.” I kind of feel I owe it to the fertility gods to do this race now,” Griffiths says with a smile. “I hope they will team up with the weather gods and be kind to us in Bass Strait! We want to do well and will be racing as hard as we can, but mostly we are doing this for the life experience and to try and raise awareness for something else I am passionate about.”
Having finished last in the 2010 Melbourne to King Island race, and 17th in the wind battered 2011 Melbourne to Stanley, where only 17 of the 35 strong fleet finished; but the crew of Fulllynpushing have promised their talented skipper he'll get his Rolex watch in Hobart!
|Crew||G Walden, B Moncrieff, G Feltham, I Purcell, M Purcell, S Cousins, B MacMillan, D Awburn,|