Welcome to our crew selection process, to sail with us around the world. Let’s begin with the backstory of our project.
The Spirit of Adelaide team is led by Campbell Mackie who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. By happenstance that’s where Don McIntyre, the OGR founder and chairman, hails from. A chance meeting with Don in August 2020 at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron began this journey to the start line.
In the meantime, Campbell has been joined by 9 other adventurers who have committed to the project and the full circumnavigation and we have two crew committed to a leg each, legs 2 and 3. A boat has been purchased – a Baltic 55 presently named Outlaw, formerly Equity & Law, she competed in the 4th edition of the Whitbread in 1985/86 and came 2nd in her class. So, we have a competitive vessel with a proud Whitbread heritage, and we are now confirmed as one of the eight entries in Adventure Class.
Our team is founded on Corinthian principles in pursuit of the rewards of ocean sailing. The five founding partners provided the critical mass to proceed with the entry and the purchase of a vessel. Since then we have become a team of twelve sailors, with a planned complement of eleven for each leg, ten will be committed to circumnavigating and another will join for individual legs. To complete the line-up we are seeking three likeminded sailors who have the personal qualities and commitment to complement our esprit de corps and join as First Mate for the full circumnavigation, one crew member for leg 1, the start line in Europe to Cape Town and another crew member for leg 4, Punta Del Este to the finish line.
To learn more about us as individuals, please go to https://spirit-of-adelaide.com/the-team/ Now you’ve met us, perhaps you could attach a photo of you, preferably whilst sailing and without sunglasses (not always easy!)
The project is now well established, and Outlaw’s refit is nearing completion in Albany NY. She will cross the Atlantic to the UK in May. The team of sailors and co-owners are self-funding a US$1,000,000 budget. Recruits for the remaining berths will be asked to join this “owner’s collective” and complete the project funding. At race completion Outlaw will be sold and all surplus funds distributed to the owners.
Completing this application does not guarantee you a spot onboard but it might just get you to the interview process for potential crewmembers. If accepted, a series of pre-requisite courses and minimum mileage on the boat will be necessary to meet race requirements. Our priority is to appoint people committed to the complete circumnavigation. However, we will consider leggers with exceptional capabilities and qualities.
The more detail you can provide here the better, please do be open and honest! If your submission meets our requirements, we will contact you to schedule an interview.