Rob Mundle established his international identity as an author in 1999 with his gripping factual account of one of the world’s most dramatic sporting tragedies, the 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. His book, Fatal Storm, became an international bestseller. It is published in six languages and has sold well over 200,000 copies – a remarkable achievement for this category in publishing.
His three most recent books, ‘Bligh – Master Mariner’, and ‘Flinders, The Man Who Mapped Australia’, and ‘Cook – from Sailor to Legend’ achieved No. 1 bestselling status across Australia within a few weeks of being released. ‘Bligh – Master Mariner’ has been released in the UK. Rob is now working on his 14th book, a fresh and insightful look into the activities around the First Fleet sailing to Australia, and the men and women who became the cornerstone of the foundation of the nation.
As is apparent, Rob’s life revolves around the sea and all things sailing. His media background as a television and newspaper journalist has led to him being recognised as ‘the voice of sailing’ in Australia. His life is notable for the diverse range of experiences he has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, through business and pleasure. He has been a competitive sailor since the age of 11.
After leaving school he became the first cadet journalist employed in the Sydney office of the national daily newspaper, The Australian, in its initial year of publication. He trained as a general news reporter, however from the very early days he was able to combine his passion for sailing and boating with his career path. He has also been involved in the promotion, marketing and building of sailboats: he was responsible for the highly successful introduction of the Laser and J/24 sailboat classes to Australia. In the 1980′s he established a career in television as a reporter, commentator and, at one stage, was the prime-time news weatherman on the TEN network in Sydney.
Rob has reported on seven America’s Cup matches (including the live international television coverage of Australia’s historic victory in 1983), four Olympics and numerous other major events, including the Sydney-Hobart classic for more than 40 years. He has also competed in the Sydney-Hobart on three occasions and won local, state and Australian sailing championships, as well as contested many major international offshore events.
Beyond being an author, Rob has, in recent years, been an organiser of Australia’s largest keelboat regatta – Hamilton Island Race Week. Prior to that, he was the founder of the acclaimed Hayman Island Big Boat Series. He is an Ambassador for the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, is the only Australian member of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and also a Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Maritime Foundation. He was commodore of Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast from 2010 to 2012.
Rob was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for ‘services to sailing and journalism’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2013.