Bass Strait awaits Tom on Boxing Day
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHILE most people deal with the excesses of Christmas on Sunday, Gladstone's Tom Barker will take on one of the world's greatest ocean races.
On Boxing Day, 19-year-old Tom will live his dream when he lines up aboard 1998 handicap winner AFR Midnight Rambler in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Having been on yachts since he was three months old, Tom comes from a proud yachting family with his father Brad and mother Maryke having a long involvement in the sport.
The former Gladstone Central and Rockhampton Grammar student loved sailing so much that he moved to Sydney to study at the University of New South Wales because it was the close to the Cruising Yacht Club (CYC).
He is looking forward to the chance to sail in the 60th running of the prestigious race.
"I can't wait to get out there, the boat is ready to go and I am just so happy to be racing on such a good boat in the 60th Sydney to Hobart,'' Barker said.
AFR Midnight Rambler is rated a great chance to win handicap honours, with the 1998 crew of Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas teamed up to lead the way.