Round-the-world skipper Wendy Tuck will shed a tear as she enters her home port of Sydney

Sydney skipper Wendy Tuck will be heading into Sydney for two weeks then setting sail again on December 26. Photo: Jonathan Levy/Clipper Race Da Nang-Viet Nam Clipper yacht at the start of the Albany-Sydney leg of the 2015 Clipper round-the-world yacht race. Photo: Clipper Ventures

Da Nang-Viet Nam in the Clipper round-the-world yacht race. Photo: Clipper Ventures

After skippering a powerful 70-foot yacht almost halfway around the world, Sydney sailor Wendy Tuck has a clear list of priorities once she clears Sydney Heads and steps ashore at Darling Point.

“I’m hanging for a Bundy and coke. Then I’ll order a pizza from my favourite local,” she said via satellite phone from aboard Da Nang-Viet Nam as she was battling her way across the Southern Ocean at the bottom of Australia.

And the third thing Tuck is looking forward to? “Being able to use a toilet you can flush with one hand and that is level,” she laughs.

Tuck, 50, is the first female Australian skipper in the 10th edition of the Clipper round-the-world yacht race.

After setting off from London in August, Tuck and her crew of about 20 sailors have been competing against 11 other identical yachts, sailing to Brazil, South Africa and then into Albany, Western Australia in November.

From there the Clipper fleet race across the Southern Ocean and pass south of Tasmania, before they battle their way up the eastern seaboard and into Sydney.

For Tuck, arriving in her home port will be the highlight of her trip.

“Coming through the Heads will be the big moment for me … I think there’ll be a few tears.”

The Clipper crews have a couple of weeks to recharge their batteries in Sydney before setting sail again on December 26 when they join the world-famous blue water classic Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race.

It will be Tuck’s ninth Hobart and her second in charge of a yacht. “I am very excited to be racing as a skipper. My last race we had to pull out because of a medical setback, so hopefully we’ll have better luck this time around.”

One of Tuck’s 18 crew on the Sydney leg is Tasmanian David Graney, who will also be looking to put in a strong performance as he races back to his home state. Graney received news while on the Southern Ocean that he was a grandfather for the first time.

“When we go past Hobart, Wendo won’t let me on the helm unsupervised in case I hijack the boat and head for Hobart,” he said.

Tuck is a professional sailor based at the CYCA, where she is an instructor and skippers corporate charters, including taking Russell Crowe and Oprah Winfrey out on Sydney Harbour.

The highlight of her round-the-world trip has been watching her amateur crew develop as a team and work so strongly together. Her biggest challenge has been dealing with fatigue and allowing her team to take charge of individual watches and try to stay competitive.

The Clipper round-the-world yacht race was started by legendary English sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69.

The race attracts mainly amateur crew of about 700 people from 44 different countries who race 40,000 nautical miles over 11 months.

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