Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race
Dennis N. T. Perkins with Jillian B. Murphy
The iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a 723 mile deepwater challenge—often called the “Everest” of offshore ocean racing—is considered one of the toughest in the world. Unpredictable weather and seas make each race demanding, but in 1998, an unexpected weather bomb hit the fleet, creating 80-foot waves and 100 miles per hour winds.
Many bigger, better equipped boats tried to maneuver around the storm, but the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler chose to head directly into its path. After battling mountainous waves and hurricane-force winds in the Bass Strait, the tiny 35-foot boat arrived safely in Hobart, three days and sixteen hours later. They were the smallest boat in ten years to win the race.
What were the factors underlying this incredible achievement? Into the Storm recounts the story of the Ramblers’ stunning victory, and the teamwork that made it possible—revealing powerful lessons in teamwork for success in today’s demanding business environment.
Illustrated with examples from the story and compelling case studies, this riveting adventure story provides Ten Effective Teamwork Strategies for Success:
- Make the team the Rock Star
- Prepare, prepare, prepare – Remove all excuses for failure
- Find and focus on the winning scenario
- Build a Gung-ho culture of learning and innovation
- Be willing to sail into the storm
- Stay connected – Cut through the noise of the wind and the waves
- Step into the breach – Find ways to share the helm
- Eliminate friction – Deal with the things that slow you down
- Master the art of rapid recovery
- Never give up—There’s always another move!
The Ramblers’ success resulted from an extraordinary blend of collaboration, trust, planning, and execution. Into the Storm equips you with the tools to overcome daunting odds and win your team trophy.
Our Teamwork at The Edge keynote captures the riveting story of the AFR Midnight Rambler in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. Using vivid photographs and videos from the race, we outline ten strategies for team success. Learn more about this keynote.
Syncretics CEO Dennis Perkins successfully completed the 2006 running of the Sydney to Hobart Race. The 723-mile journey proved to be quite eventful aboard his boat, Getaway Sailing’s Volvo 60, Dragon. Browse photos and video footage of his adventure here.