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Chef predicts settled stomachs for Hobart

AAP logoAAP 26/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Celebrity chef Donna Hay is predicting settled stomachs for her crewmates aboard 80-foot Sydney to Hobart boat Beau Geste.

Seasickness is a common problem during the race, especially in rough conditions, though this year's race isn't expected to be one of the tougher ones in recent times.

Asked how her crewmates would keep her meals down, Hay said;

"Easily. I've added a few things in there.

"Some really nutrient-dense snacks for outside of the Heads today and then Thai chicken curry tonight, but lots of ginger in it.

"So nice settled stomachs, happy crew, very focused, very alert. I think they will do a great job."

Asked if there was any food the crew had specifically requested her not to cook Hay said "I think they just said 'bring a lot."

"There's a couple of special requests but there's a lot of food for all those boys."

Doing the race has presented Hay with some different challenges.

"I had to learn a few tricks to get all the food on board in rough conditions and make sure I can get it in to their bowls or in to their mouths quickly," Hay said.

"So it's something different for me, a little bit of a challenge."

Beau Geste skipper Aaron Rowe believes his boat is definitely in with a chance of taking overall honours.

"I think the race is going to be between the Volvo 70s, us, Ichi Ban and Chinese Whispers on form," Rowe said.

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