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tough love

“The first duty of the crew is to drive the ship and themselves to the limit of endurance and safety. All this implies hard work which produces fatigue. Therefore, when not on duty rest every minute you can. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

The general morale of the crew is extremely important. Remember to be prompt and quick to respond to watchkeeping or ‘all hands’ calls, no matter how lousy you feel. If you feel like grumbling save it until after the race. Remember that a race is never won or lost until it is finished, and that a slow boat sailed hard will beat a fast boat not driven.

Every man must be particularly keen to get the last fraction of a knot out of the boat – and in the right direction.”

Colin Haselgrove’s letter to his crew on Nerida before their 1950 Sydney-Hobart win.