Cromarty is honoured to provide sponsorship support to Jo Breen and her co-skipper Jo Harpur in their entry in the 2018 Melbourne to Osaka 2 handed yacht race, aboard Breen’s yacht “Morning Star”.

The event is a 5,500 nautical mile 2 handed yacht race starting in Melbourne and finishing in Osaka and it’s one of the only South-North long distance ocean races in the world. The route passes through multiple weather systems and seasons as it crosses the Pacific Ocean. The participants sail from without stop-overs or outside assistance, travelling backward through the seasons with autumn in Melbourne, summer at the equator and spring in Osaka. This is Australia’s longest Category 1 yacht race, the equivalent of eight back-to-back Sydney to Hobart’s with only two people on board. Understandably perhaps, the number of people with the drive, commitment & time to undertake this event is limited, and this race has just 29 competitors with Morning Star the only boat with 2 female skippers.


Morning Star, is a S&S 34 from the Tamar Yacht Club (Launceston) where Jo Breen is the current Vice Commodore. Jo has a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and works for TYC as a dinghy and keel-boat instructor. She also works part-time as a delivery skipper. Jo has clocked up over 30,000NM including a solo delivery of a 28fter from the Azores to the UK, multiple trans Atlantics and a transpacific crossing.  She also spent a season working on Skip Novac’s expedition yacht ‘Pelagic’ sailing around Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands and circumnavigating South Georgia.  “Sailing in the high latitudes around ice was a great learning experience, and a true heavy weather sailing education”, Jo says.  Jo has competed in the Launceston to Hobart, Maria Island Race, and 2016 Sydney to Hobart as the Navigator on Cromarty Magellan, winning the Corinthian Division of the race. 


Co-skipper Joanne Harpur has competed in various ORCV races including the Melbourne to Hobart (West & East), Melbourne to Launceston, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay, and Stanley races. In 2013 Joanne participated in the RYCT Van Diemans Land Circumnavigation sailing two handed down the West Coast to Hobart.   Joanne lives in Melbourne and has also completed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore competency.


The two Jo’s have combined as a formidable force for the Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 and are looking forward to competing in the 2017 Maria Island Race and 2017 Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster in preparation for the main event.


Cromarty wish the Jo’s every success as they prepare for what will be an extremely challenging, life-defining event. Follow their story & the event at