JOURNALIST: So how are you feeling? How was it out there?
STACEY JACKSON: It was amazing. It’s quite hard to explain it. We had a fantastic race. The girls did an awesome job and I couldn’t be more proud.
JOURNALIST: Great. Are you feeling a bit wet now?
STACEY JACKSON: I’m a little bit wet and chilly actually. The girls thought we should celebrate by throwing me in the tide.
JOURNALIST: We thought you were going to throw Julie in next?
STACEY JACKSON: Yeah, probably sweet revenge I suppose for me pushing her off the back of the boat.
JULIE BISHOP: Don’t even think about it.
JOURNALIST: Take us back to Boxing Day Julie; how did that feel jumping in the back there?
JULIE BISHOP: It was exhilarating. I was so proud of the girls, they were doing so well. The emotion, the noise, the excitement, the atmosphere at the start of the race was so overwhelming and then we were heading down past Bondi and Stacey says, “You’re done, you’re off”. So I was quite sad to get off.
JOURNALIST: Do you reckon you could have used her though
STACEY JACKSON: Well I think Julie would’ve enjoyed the ride actually. It wasn’t your typical Hobart. It was very nice and calm and we had an excellent run.
JOURNALIST: How confident are you of taking the handicap?
STACEY JACKSON: Well at this stage, the best we can do is probably fifth overall.
JULIE BISHOP: The girls had a bit of a problem at midnight last night.
STACEY JACKSON: Yeah, the first night at sea we broke a spinnaker so it meant that we were missing that for a fair part of the race. So that disadvantaged us a little bit. But if we could finish top five overall we’d be really happy with that.
JOURNALIST: And Julie, when it comes to politics and sailing, anything in common?
JULIE BISHOP: There are some analogies but I won’t go there. I think the media have had a lot of fun with “Julie jumping overboard” in the last couple of days. I’m just really proud of the girls. They’ve done so well and I think they’re an inspiration for people all around Australia, in fact, around the globe, it’s getting a lot of coverage. So the teamwork, the camaraderie, it really is a joy to behold.
JOURNALIST: It’s a moment in time isn’t it? First female crew.
JULIE BISHOP: And the first female skipper and we’re really proud.
JOURNALIST: Do you think there’ll be more, do you think Stacey this might encourage others to do this?
STACEY JACKSON: Yeah I absolutely hope that this shows people it’s possible and it’s a world we live in these days, times are changing. We’ve got out here, we’ve prepared the boat as best we could and we raced the best we could and we’ve got a pretty good result so. I think our message in that is done. But our other message is still going and it will go for the rest of our lives and it’s all about needing to reduce the use of plastics. So we’ve teamed with 11th Hour Racing to do that and hopefully everyone who’s cheered us along has reconsidered how they live day to day with plastic.
JULIE BISHOP: Clean oceans, sustainable oceans and that is the message. Female participation in sports and the girls did so well, took on the best and then that message about cleaning our seas. As Stacey said, this is your workplace the ocean, this is where you live and work and so we want to see sustainable, clean oceans. It’s a great message.
JOURNALIST: It’s a great day for the Oats, isn’t it?
STACEY JACKSON: Absolutely. So nice to see our big brothers won on Wild Oats XI, betting line honours. So yeah, really happy. Everyone’s happy in the Wild Oats team.
JOURNALIST: Thank you so much.