Physical Age: 25

Hometown: Newcastle, Australia

Special skill: I can play guitar. I can surf. I can’t sing.

Turn the Tide on Plastic skipper, Dee Caffari, spoke to Lucas about all things Volvo!

Why did you sign up from the Volvo Ocean Race?

 “I was in the office, working as a mechanical engineer, watching videos of the Volvo Ocean Race when I should have been doing my work, and because I love ocean racing, and being on the ocean and sailing and surfing I saw the Volvo Ocean Race as the pinnacle of offshore sailing, so I wanted to go and do that and I wanted to be a part of that because I wanted to be at the top.”

What did you do to set out on this mission to get to the Volvo?

“Well when I was at uni getting my engineering degree I went and did as much offshore sailing as I possibly could. So I tried to get as much as experience – doing the Sydney to Hobart five times and plenty of other offshore miles and deliveries and things. And tried to make some contacts as well.

 “I managed to do a regatta on a Farr 40 with Liz (Wardley) and she sort of saw that I was alright and we got talking during the race and she gave me some tips and advise along the way. And then I managed to do a bit more sailing with her on the Volvo Ocean 65 doing some corporate sailing and some deliveries. So I think that’s what cemented in my mind that I wanted to do it”

 Has your dad having done it – was that like in the back of your mind that you wanted to do it too?

“Yeah, for sure. So my dad competed in the 1985-86 Whitbread race. He was on-board a boat with Bower Bekking. And him telling stories and seeing photos and stuff of him doing the race back then inspired me. And also the adventure of it all – back then I think it was more of an adventure than it is now – they didn’t have all of the navigation tools and stuff we have now – and I think that’s what attracted me to it as well.”

Why did you choose this team?

“Why did I choose… .What? This team? Oh… because the other one wouldn’t take me!

 “I’m joking. I think it was more the youth focus on this boat that attracted me as well. Basically being a young team there’s more room to develop and grow and I think on some other teams you end up pigeon holed in one job – like being a bowman or something. You’ll never get to drive or trim. So I think this boat is best for that – you get to do more and learn more.”

What are you looking forward to most in the race right now?

“Right now? Getting to Cape Town (laughs) and hopefully in front of a couple of other boats.”

And beyond?

“The Southern Ocean. I’m pretty keen to go down there and trial that out. One of the highlights is going to be sailing into Melbourne because it’s my home country.”

What do you think you bring to this team? What singles you out?

“I think in comparison to most of the other younger people I’ve done a decent amount of offshore, so I think that helps me. I don’t know… Being multi skilled is a good thing. I think knowing multiple areas and I think having the engineering degree helps with that as well”