• 01-NOV-2014

Meet the Aussie Under 30s sailing on the toughest ocean race in the world

They are the fresh faces, injecting young blood into this 40-year old ocean race, the longest and toughest one. They're sailing around the world, living a once in a lifetime experience and they're all under 30 (the 2014-15 race rule states that each team must race with two crew members born after 1st October 1984, the "Under 30s").

Australia is well represented in this edition with 9 sailors in total (including, Chris Nicholson, two-time Olympian and skipper of Team Vestas Wind and Liz Wardley, first woman to win the Sydney-Hobart Race). Among them three under 30s: Sophie Ciszek, Tom Johnson and Luke Parkinson.

Sophie Ciszek, 29, Mornington, Victoria
First Volvo Ocean Race
An experienced bowman and a full-time crew member for the Open 60 Hugo Boss until 2012, Sophie has had a varied career on some of the world's most renowned racing yachts, including the Maxis Wildthing, Brindabella and Shockwave. She has sailed more than 60,000 nautical miles and has competed in four Sydney Hobart races.

Tom « Don » Johnson, 23, Mandurah, Western Australia
First Volvo Ocean Race
Trimmer, bowman & sail make, Don is the youngest on board Team Vestas. He has recently competed in the SAP Extreme 40 Sailing series and has a strong background in Moth and 49er sailing.

Luke « Parko » Parkison, 24, Freemantle, Western Australia
First Volvo Ocean Race
Bowman and helmsman, Luke is a seasoned campaigner on the Olympic circuit in the 49er class and in 2013 represented his country at the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. He is also a sail maker, a certified radio operator and experienced in first aid and sea survival. One of the two Under-30 crew members onboard, Parko has been sailing since the age of seven.


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager