‘I might have been only metres from the beach, but as far as I was concerned I was conquering the world’s oceans’.
The ‘Wild Oats’ name came about as an endearing nickname given to a young Bob Oatley by his close friends while growing up on Sydney’s northern beaches (to this day he won’t divulge exactly why the nickname stuck suffice to say he prefers the story of a simple link to his surname!).
A passionate sailor from a very early age, the water had a magnetic attraction for Bob. Before long he found himself afloat in a flimsy, canvas-covered canoe, bought from a school mate, with a garden stake for a mast, cut up bed linen for a sail and a makeshift rudder over the back. As Bob said: ‘I might have been only metres from the beach, but as far as I was concerned I was conquering the world’s oceans’.
And over time he did just that. The Wild Oats name adorned the hull of 10 yachts owned and raced by Bob over the years as he carved out a serious reputation in the world of sailing alongside his other lifelong successful pursuit - wine making. The Wild Oats name today is proudly emblazoned on the hull of ‘Wild Oats XI’, one of the worlds most adored racing yachts and an Australian icon in the making following a record six wins in the ‘bluewater classic’ - the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
For a man with a life-long passion for both winemaking and sailing, it was only appropriate that the two came together in the naming of this range of wines - wines that Bob is as proud of as his many sailing successes.