By David Salter
In 1938 a knockabout 11-year-old child from Marrickville, Sydney, is unexpectedly faced by way of mortality. His mom dies. His father has little time for him and at 14 he leaves university to benefit a trade.
In 2016 that very same boy is a wealthy person. He owns – and runs – the Australian improvement company, Sydney urban Marine, a number of linked businesses and numerous workplace and housing blocks. he's additionally one of many world’s so much profitable sailors, having received Sydney–Hobart races in his Ragamuffin yachts and competed 8 instances for Australia within the Admiral’s Cup. He together holds the list for the main America’s Cup campaigns – all self-funded and controlled personally.
He is Syd Fischer, the Ragamuffin guy, and he is often called might be the hardest and such a lot uncompromising Australian businessman and sportsman of the previous part century. this can be the tale of Fischer’s impressive existence, and of his unrelenting quest to win the Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race yet one more time.
‘It’s as though Syd has by surprise made up our minds that it’s time to shrug off his lifelong reluctance to discuss himself and allow us to all now see what quite makes him tick.’ —Sir James Hardy
David Salter is a veteran self reliant journalist, writer and tv manufacturer. He was once government manufacturer of Media Watch and Editor-in-Chief of The Week. He has written books on Australian heritage, recreation, and the media and is himself an skilled offshore racing sailor.