About the author
Rob Mundle O.A.M. is a bestselling author, journalist and competitive sailor whose family heritage is with the sea, dating back to his great-great-grandfather, who was the master of square-riggers. Rob has spent a lifetime combining his passions for sailing and writing. He has written thirteen books - including the international bestseller Fatal Storm - reported on more than forty Sydney-to-Hobart yacht races (and competed in three), and covered seven America's Cups, four Olympics and numerous international events. He is the winner of many sailing championships, has been a competitor in local and international contests, and has sailed everything from sailboards and 18-foot skiffs through to supermaxi yachts and offshore multihulls. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013 for services to sailing and journalism. He is the only Australian member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee, an ambassador for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, a director of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Maritime Foundation and a past commodore of Southport Yacht Club. Before The First Fleet, his most recent book was Cook - From Sailor to Legend.