Parade of Sail to set 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in motion

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  • By Louise Bashford
  • 15 Nov 2014 20:00:00
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As a tribute to those yachts and crews to have played a major role in the evolution of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, from its humble beginning back in 1945 to its current status as one of this nation’s greatest sporting events, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will hold a Parade of Sail on Sydney Harbour in the lead-up to the main event on Boxing Day.

Held in celebration of the CYCA’s 70th edition of the Sydney Hobart, the historic RAN vessel HMAS Advance will lead the Parade, which will feature competitors from years gone by. Two famous yachts from the inaugural race in 1945, Kathleen (kindly been made available by The Australian National Maritime Museum) and Wayfarer, will lead off.

The pair will be dressed for the occasion and lead an expected fleet of 35 yachts from a start point off Bradleys Head, on to a mark near the Sow and Pigs off Watsons Bay, and return to Bradley’s Head. All yachts will be under power.

Others committed to the Parade of Sail include Christina, Carousel, Fidelis, Gusto, Maluka of Kermandie, Maris, Mister Christian, Salacia, Stormy Petrel, Sylphide, Caprice of Huon, Lolita, Anitra V, Suraya, Defiance, Duet and Malohi, along with Southerly and Impeccable.

Scheduled to start at 10.30am and conclude at 11.30am ahead of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start, all participants will be clear of the starting area, but able to watch the Hobart fleet set sail from three lines when the start cannon is fired at 1.00pm.

Once the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet has left the Harbour, Parade of Sail participants are invited back to the CYCA for a Quiet Little Drink. 

A committee, chaired by CYCA Commodore John Cameron, is pulling out all stops to make the event an added highlight to the 70th Sydney Hobart race celebrations.

By Di Pearson, CYCA Media

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