Last Word with Tony Ellis

On Boxing Day, Tony Ellis will pull on the sea boots for his 52nd race. He and Tony Cable (also 52 races, including one aboard the radio relay vessel JBW), are in a select club of their own: they have had ringside seats to the Hobart’s colourful history since the early 1960s. Known as ‘Grumpy’ or ‘Ace’, Ellis has done just about everything yachting, including the America’s Cup, and still describes the Sydney to Hobart like being in the midst of majesty.