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.
Since August, Campbell has been joined by 4 other adventurers who have committed to the project and the full circumnavigation. 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 have provided the critical mass to proceed with the entry and purchase of a vessel. Four have significant ocean racing experience having participated in the Clipper Round the World Race. The other is a highly accomplished mountaineer and expedition leader. But we need a total complement of 8 to 9, and so we are seeking like-minded people who have the personal qualities and commitment to complete our line-up and complement our esprit de corps.
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!)
In the 12 months since meeting Don McIntyre in Adelaide, the OGR opportunity has moved from an aspiration to a viable project. Outlaw is owned in five equal shares by the partners who have committed A$500,000 in foundation funding. It is our preference to raise the balance of the project budget from those who take up the remaining crew positions (see further below). They too will become partners, and at the race completion Outlaw will be sold and all surplus funds distributed.
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.