A Bendigo teenager’s dream of sailing around the world • Live Sail Die


The relatively unknown Victorian sailor Rain Forbes dreams of joining the ranks of famous Australian adventurers Jon Sanders, Kay Cottee, Jesse Martin and Jessica Watson, some of whom she admires from afar and who have helped her achieve her sailing goals.

“Rain understands the importance of gaining experience before pursuing his dream of someday sailing around the world. An important part of this is building your professional life around your goals. She started out teaching sailing and recently joined North Sails as an apprentice sailmaker, ”said Delma Dunoon of the ORCV.

Forbes, 17, met Olga Kostochka at the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) and told her about her long-term ambitions after discovering a passion for sailing, her racing debut. wide and the work it does to achieve it. her dreams.

Okay: Tell us how you found your inspiration? Who are the key people in the sailing world that you admire and follow?

RF: I read a lot, including about Kay Cottee, Jesse Martin and Pete Goss – all inspiring. While in lockdown last year, I read Jessica Watson’s book, which really inspired me to follow my sailing goal, develop my independence, and someday go around the world. As soon as I’m ready it would be great to do that and inspire others like me.

Currently, I focus on gaining experience and meeting people. I didn’t know much before, but after completing my safety and survival at sea program and recently joining the Vertigo crew, I gained keelboat experience and will continue to look to build from there.

Okay: You grew up in Bendigo, far from the bay or the oceans, how did you discover your passion for sailing? What is your current work and study path?

RF: After a ‘moment’ at a garage sale, my dad and I headed to a local sailing school at Lake Eppalock. It wasn’t until I graduated as an assistant instructor at the age of 12 though, that I really fell in love with sailing. The teaching then led me to getting my full instructor certification, which was the best decision I have ever made.

After completing year 10, I was too distracted with thoughts of sailing to continue with school. I applied and was offered a position as a dinghy instructor in Melbourne. At 16, I was still living at home in Bendigo and taking the train back and forth to Melbourne to work. At the time, I had plenty of time to learn and sometimes draw inspiration from five books at a time.

When I think back to my friends, who lowered their expectations on school subjects, don’t go to school or don’t commit… I still think it was the right decision for me to continue sailing. My new leadership gives me this great level of independence and – wow – I have met some amazing people in the sailing world. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents. They give me the freedom to make my own way.

Okay: What is your dream?

RF: At 17, I have a lot to learn. I want to learn everything about sailing with the dream of one day going around the world.

Okay: Tell us about your first ocean experience while sailing in the Coastal Sprint series on the Vertigo by Tim and Clare Olding.

RF: I was so seasick, but loved every minute of it!

Okay: In addition to a strong passion for sailing, do you also seem to learn quickly?

RF: I am now ready for my next race at Apollo Bay and will manage the seasickness. I will add thermals and better wet weather gear to my kit. I want to see the waves and the dolphins and be part of the team.

Okay: Since our first conversation, you’ve apprenticed at North Sails and you are immersing yourself in it. What experiences have you had since our last conversation?

RF: Between teaching and regular training to compete in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (canceled in 2020 and 2021 this year due to COVID restrictions), I was fortunate enough to compete in ORCV’S Apollo Bay and Blairgowrie races. Both were epic experiences and offered their own learning opportunities.

A tactical challenge and really getting to know my teammates was great on the smooth descent to Apollo Bay, while the race from Blairgowrie saw us navigate some exciting conditions.

I also recently took a learning trial with North Sails. I’m shocked at how much I appreciate it and alarmingly it’s something I could stick with! Aaron (Cole) and Victoria (Pryce) were fantastic with all of their support; in and out of the loft.

The great news is that I left home on my 17th birthday, near work in Sandringham. It’s very different from where I live – I swapped the bush for the beach! It was difficult to settle in with the lockdown but I have joined the Sandringham Yacht Club and have my dinghy ready to go.

Okay: What have you learned about ocean racing and its community?

RF: I learned a lot to be an archer in ocean racing. The simple things to do with setting and adjusting the sails were a whole new world. Falling into the flow of how everything works has been so cool.

I have learned that the attitude of a person on board and at the dock is very important. Reliable, prepared and positive people are valuable assets in ocean racing. I have found that we are becoming a more proactive team and giving back to the team in a stimulating environment.

My mind was blown away by the offshore racing community. Many accommodating and friendly people gave me a helping hand and made me feel welcome. Sharing a passion for sailing has allowed me to make some real friends that I admire and joining the ORCV has changed my life.

Okay: What are you looking forward to?

RF: I look forward to discovering and making the most of sailing in Melbourne once containment is over. I can’t wait to see where North Sails takes me. I am really looking forward to all future ocean races and meeting everyone who is a part of it.

Finally, I want to thank the Vertigo team – Clare and Tim Olding, Olga Kostochka and the Dunoons (Grant and Delma) – you are all rock!

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