Wild Rose won the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which Roger Hickman enjoyed even more because his brother, Andrew and sister, Lisa, were along for their first Hobart with him. In that year, he also won Division 2 of the NSW IRC Championship and Class C of the Australian IRC Championship. A finalist in the 2014 Australian Yachting Awards, ‘Hicko’ was named 2014 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year. Wild Rose finished fourth overall and second in Division 3 in the 2015 Sydney Gold Coast race, then finished second overall in Division 2 at Airlie Beach Race Week and went on to win Division C at the Australian IRC Championship. She then resoundingly won the Newcastle Bass Island Race in October.
While other old boats are put out to pasture, this one just gets better with age. Enjoyed an epic 2013, winning the Blue Water Pointscore (Hickman’s fifth time and second with Wild Rose) triple crown of IRC, ORCi and PHS, inclusive of third in the Sydney Gold Coast and successive wins in the Flinders, Bird and Cabbage Tree Island races. Won the Southern Cross Cup with team mates Victoire and Patrice, the final result riding on the 2013 Hobart, in which Hickman finished 11th overall and scored his third consecutive Division 4 win.
|Yacht Name||Wild Rose|
|Skipper||Roger Hickman (38)|
|Navigator||Jenifer Wells (5)|
|Crew||A Hickman (1), A Scott (10), A Fong (4), D Morrow (10), D Williams (5), D Morris (14), J White (5), K Ketelbey (4), P Inchbold (28), P Endersbee (2), P Warburton (9), S Scott (1)|
|Designer||Bruce Farr, NZ|