Tony Ellis is about to compete in his 53rd Sydney to Hobart race

By Adam Lucius
Updated December 17 2021 - 1:17am, first published December 16 2021 - 6:00pm
Sailor Tony Ellis will this year compete in his 53rd Sydney to Hobart. Picture: Geoff Jones

One of Tony Ellis's first sailing experiences really should have put him off for life. He was only a kid when he went out on a snub-nosed 12-footer with a mate - and almost didn't live to tell the tale.