“Mates, it’s time we hit the U.S.” That’s what Captain Doc said in January 2018. And when the captain speaks, his crew listens!
So, in February of 2020, after 18 long months of negotiations, Australia’s biggest export since crocodile Dundee arrived in the USA. But after a week of rehearsals, the global pandemic left them without a tour and no way to get back home.
And so it is with that Captain Doc, his backup singers, The Sydney Sisters, and the rest of his crew have been residing in America and are now preparing (again) for their first North American Tour!
YES, HE IS A CAPTAIN!
Sebastian Cornelius Dockwell (aka ‘Doc’) gave up his social status and comfortable life in Manchester, Massachusetts for his love of the sea. At 19, Doc left home and became a Swab for a Tramper ship. He worked his way through the ranks to eventually become Captain on one of the busiest trampers in the Southern Hemisphere. It was on the ships where Doc would find both his voice and love for music.
While off Australia’s Gold Coast, Captain Doc and his crew were anchored about 2 miles offshore. It was on a standard midafternoon break that some off duty officers and crew were swimming in the ocean when what was reported as a 14-ft Great White shark mistook Captain Doc’s arm for Bindi Irwin. He made it out ok except for a very nasty scar he still shows off to this day.
Doc decided to retire from the Tramper business and did what any other Captain would do… Start a Yacht Rock band. And the FABULOUS YACHTSMEN was born.