Recently retired Australian Test cricket captain Michael Clarke has announced he will be sailing in this year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
Clarke will line up in the famous event for “a cause that’s very close to my heart.”
He will sail on 100-foot super maxi Loyal for the race’s 71st edition.
Speaking at Sydney’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Clarke said he’d be racing to raise money for children’s medical equipment.
“I’m obviously a little bit nervous, my greatest fear is sharks in open water, but I am doing it for a great cause,” Clarke told Unscriptd.
“I’m doing it to try and raise money for vital medical equipment to help sick kids.
“My goddaughter, my niece and nephew grew up and come into this world needing medical equipment to save their lives and I am not too far from having my first baby.”
He said he would be prepared to take a couple of tough days of sea sickness and little sleep to save kid’s lives.
The 2015 Sydney to Hobart yacht Race will leave New South Wales on Boxing Day.