Last Friday the Sydney Race Village, complete with furnishings by JANUS et Cie (pictured), and the Mumm Champagne Bar, opened as the setting for pre-luncheon drinks for the Inaugural RSHYR Corporate Launch Luncheon with 180 guests from the corporate, sailing and naval fraternity.
The guest line-up, with representatives of both the Sydney and Hobart sides of the race, included a further seven Tattersall's Cup winners in addition to the guest speaker Paul Clitheroe - Dr Darryl Hodgkinson, Sandy Oatley, Bob Steel, Lindsay May, Geoff Ross, Ed Psaltis and David Kellett AM.
The Rear Admiral of the Navy Stuart Mayer, the Parliamentary Secretary, Sarah Courtney MP, representing the Premier of Tasmania, Sandy Oatley and Mark Richards, Celebrity chef Donna Hay crewing (and no doubt cooking up a storm) on Beau Geste, Tourism Tasmania, RYCT and Matt Allen - President Australian Sailing, were just some of the other guests in attendance. There was an apology from our Sport Minister, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP who was a late scratching from the luncheon.
Paul Clitheroe and Mark Beretta combined to put on a great Q&A for the guests, with Paul’s humour and inclusive manner inviting comment from the other Tattersall's Cup winners in the room.
Guests also relished being able to have their photograph taken with the trophy and in many cases, with Mark Beretta as well.
Nearly $6,000 was raised for our charity, CYCA SOLAS Trusts, along with enhancing the awareness of the work done in funding many worthwhile projects around Australia to ensure safety at sea.
My crew including CYCA staff, casuals, volunteers and Blond Catering put in very long hours to both finish the Sydney Race Village and complete the set-up of the rooms. My sincere thanks to all for a job well done.
Looks like we have a new annual event on the calendar going by all the positive feedback!
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
For the first time in the history of the event, the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge tomorrow on Sydney Harbour, takes on a new dimension with live broadcasting, incorporating tracking with 3D graphics.
The coverage will be live on the big outdoor screen in the race village from 12:15pm at the CYCA and will be replayed for the skippers and crews when the return to the club.
Read more here.
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge eBay Auction
In addition to the $6,000 raised through the raffle at the Inaugural RSHYR Corporate Luncheon last Friday, a further $7,257.77 was raised online through the annual eBay auction. Positions on Wild Oats XI topped the bidding with a closing bid of $3,827.77!
RSHYR Timeline Presentation on the Big Screen
One of the video features on the screen in the race village this year will be a 71 year timeline of the race covering key points from each year, along with a photo of the winning boat when one was available.
The mammoth challenge to put this powerpoint presentation together was given to Archives Committee Member John Allan. John rose to the challenge and pulled a crew together to assist in reviewing his work - Di Pearson, Tony Cable, David Colfelt, Peter Shipway, Rob McAuley, Brad Kellett and David Champtaloup.
The hours of work involved in this project was something no-one in the office could have possibly dedicated, given how busy everyone is this time of the year.
To John and his crew, my heartfelt thanks and admiration for a job well done!
And continuing on our archival theme
In recent weeks, we’ve added interviews by Peter Shipway and David Champtaloup with a number of the CYCA’s distinguished members, to the CYCA’s website.
Episode 12, Part 1 and Part 2 feature David Kellett talking about his early memories of the club, the camaraderie on Koomooloo, racing Gretel to Hobart, the Sovereign project and taking the double in the 1987 Sydney to Hobart, Gordon Marshall and the Sailing Committee, joining ISAF, the CYCA’s role in ocean racing, the role of radio relay operator for the Sydney to Hobart and his thoughts on the sailing today.
Episode 13 features Nick Cassim discussing his early days at the club, Lolita and the submarine HMS Trump, the 1963 Sydney to Hobart, careening in Ulladulla, cruising at the Cruising Yacht Club and ocean racing today.
Episode 14, Part 1 and Part 2 feature David Lawson, who sadly passed away this year. Fortunately he and Peter caught up before his passing and discussed his early sailing days, the 1961 Sydney to Hobart on Sylph VI, sailing with Tony Cable, what he called the seven year cycle, the 1970 Sydney to Hobart on Fare Thee Well and 1973 Sydney to Hobart, taking line honours on Helsal, as well all the east coast records. He also talked about sailing on Freight Train, the evolution of the CYCA Safety Committee, ocean racing today and receiving Life Membership in 1997.
These videos give us a great insight into the history of our Club, our Members and the changes to ocean racing over the years.
Vale Mr Donald Walker-Smith
Mr Donald Walker-Smith, CYCA Member since 1978 sadly passed away on 27 November with his service last week 6 December 2016, which was attended by a number of CYCA Members. He was regular visitor to the CYCA on Fridays, even up to a couple of weeks prior to his passing.
I was informed during the week that Donald pioneered the ‘tracking’ of the Sydney Hobart Race. As was told to me, for many years Donald spent endless hours after every race sked was received at the CYCA, carefully plotting every yachts position very accurately on the ‘rolling map’ that stood at the club. These were then the positions the media used and the plot was shown in the daily reports on all the TV stations.
Whilst I never had the pleasure of knowing Donald, he obviously left his mark on the club through life-long friendships and his ‘tracking’ pioneer work which has developed into what we now see on the RSHYR and LRSGCYR website sites.
Congratulations to our Australian Paralympic Sailing team and Liesl Tesch.
The Australian Sailing Team were named the APC’s Paralympic Team of the Year recently at the annual Australian Paralympic Awards, with Liesl Tesch awarded the inaugural Uncle Kevin Coombs Medal for the Spirit of the Games.
Our congratulations to all from the CYCA with the Board acknowledging all our Australian Representative Sailing Team Members from 2016/2017 with honourary club Memberships.
Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night
Next Monday 19 December is the Commodore's Peroni Beer and Prawn Night in the Sydney Race Village. I look forward to seeing you there from 7pm in the lead up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Book here to get your tickets!
Chief Executive Officer