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PHOTOS | Fine dining on MRV in 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart

PHOTOS | Fine dining on MRV in 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart

Melbourne publican Matt Mullins served up a feast on board Damien King's Frers 61, MRV, during the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

If you're going to spend four days at sea, this is the way to do it.

The crew on MRV enjoyed an incredible menu on the trip south, including lobster and dumplings!

Owner and skipper, King, said: "We had an amazing trip, it was so much fun. It was very frustrating at moments, but we enjoyed it. The Sydney Hobart always delivers lots of different challenges. We worked our way through it and the boat held up beautifully.

"We had our only major breakage on the first night. It was the exact same issue as Scallywag experienced just outside the Heads and we were able to repair it the next day. 

"It was certainly pretty hard at some points but we had a great time. Half the crew hadn’t done the race before, so I guess it’s great just to get through it and finish and do as well as we could.

"We had the great Matt Mullins aboard - he owns a few pubs. We had three and four course meals - beef bourguignon, chicken cacciatore, peking duck crepes, pork dumplings, beef dumplings, spaghetti bolognaise, nachos, egg and bacon pastries in the morning, muesli with fruit.

"We were a bit slow eating the first night, but at the start we had lobster rolls."

Mullins has sailing experience, but this was his first race.

He said: "We had this idea you could do a Sydney Hobart and not eat freeze dried, so Damien challenged me to see if we could do it. It turned out we found a way.

"It wasn’t easily done in the first 36 hours - a little challenging!

"I’d done a little sailing before, but the race was everything I thought it would be. It was tough, brutal, challenging, uncomfortable and magic.

"We were lucky (regarding cooking) that this boat has an amazing galley. It’s incredibly comfortable. Even in the height of that first night, I was still able to get the food up.

"I’m pretty pumped. I am very happy to be part of the captain’s crew."

And there's more... King gave us an insight into MRV's impressive galley stowage. 


Top shelf 

  • Yoghurt pouches 
  • Cheese buttons 
  • Deli meats 
  • Grated cheese 
  • 2 x dips 
  • Jarlsberg slices 
  • Sausage rolls
  • Pizza 
  • Garlic bread 

Bottom shelf 

  • Lasagne 
  • Duck fried rice 

Lower section 

  • 1 x Bolognese 
  • 3 x Pasta 
  • 2 x coq 
  • 1 x potatoes 
  • 1 x potatoes small 
  • 2 x pulled lamb 


  • Egg and bacon pies 
  • Frittata 
  • Pork dumplings 
  • Chicken dumplings
  • Beef buns 
  • 2 x chicken cacciatore 
  • 2 x risotto 
  • 1 x lasagne 
  • Rice 
  • Cheese sauce 
  • 2 x beef bourguignon
  • 2 x mash potato 
  • Sausage rolls 
  • Blueberry pastry 
  • Chocolate brownie 

Crockery cupboard 

  • Coffee pods
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate 
  • Marshmallows 
  • Sauces
  • Mustards 
  • Spreads - jam, vegemite, Nutella, honey 
  • Cordial
  • Pepsi  

Under sink cupboard 

  • Cleaning items 
  • Rubbish bags 
  • Paper towel
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Disinfecting wet wipes 

Under bench cupboard 

Top shelf 

  • Breakfast cereals etc 

Middle shelf 

  • Rice
  • Naan breads
  • Cup of soups 

Bottom shelf 

  • Sandwich press 

Front of bench cupboard

Top shelf 

  • Tim Tams
  • Chocolate 
  • Muesli bars 
  • Ferrero Rocher 
  • Extra 
  • Mints 
  • Chokito bites
  • BBQ Shapes
  • Almond Gold
  • Caramel slice
  • Lemon slice
  • Hedgehog slice
  • Butter-menthol

Bottom shelf 

  • Chips
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cheeses
  • Twisties 
  • Pizza & BBQ shapes 
  • Lollies 

Above banquette cupboard 

  • Corn chips 
  • Water crackers 
  • Oat slices 
  • Bread 

Crew bathroom cupboard 

  • Disinfectant wipes 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Tissues 
  • Glade fragrance pouches