RSHYR one week to go
A week today the 72nd 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will have started, and again the culmination of months of preparation both on and off the water is handed over to Mother Nature to do as she will.
Having event-managed Bledisloe Cup's, Cricket One Day internationals and Test Matches, Rugby League Grand Finals and State of Origins and World Cup Football (soccer) matches, this event is by far the most complicated I’ve worked on and a credit to my predecessors, all staff, former Board Members, Commodores, volunteers, support sponsors and of course since 2002, Rolex, in getting it to the standard it is today.
International Race exposure
This year we are delighted to welcome Fox Asia on board. They are showing the start of the race live across their viewing audience including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines.
We will also be live streaming the race this year outside of Australia via our website given we have boats participating in the race from USA, UK, Sweden, Russia Germany, UK and NZ, as well as China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.
Young Guns firing on all cylinders
The ‘dynamic duo’ of Emma May (left) and Tara Blanc-Ramos (right) are again ploughing through the mountain of paperwork associated with the race entries and still smiling! This is their first RSHYR in the sailing office, with Emma again taking off on race day to sail to Hobart as a member of the St Jude crew.
Our London Olympic Silver Medallist, Olivia Price (centre), is debuting as a member of this year’s media team and doing a stirling job as she gains valuable, hands-on experience.
Vicky Huang, our first international volunteer from Taipei is assisting with a range of projects including ‘Chinese to English to Chinese’ translations in the sailing office and for media interviews, along with proving her administrative prowess across a diverse range of tasks.
In August this year we commenced a marketing internship program with UTS students Sam Kerr and Lauren Major, and Josh Scholes from ACU. Josh and Lauren have continued on as volunteers for this year’s race.
This new blood, combined with the established CYCA volunteer base is a winning combination.
Official Launch and Skippers Party - 22 December
This Thursday, around 150 members of the sailing fraternity and other invited guests will be in attendance at the official launch of this year’s race in the Sydney Race Village. The Hon. Gabriel Upton MP, Attorney General and Member for Vaucluse, will be representing the NSW Government, with Gordon Bray our MC.
Family Day - 26 December
The Bistro will be open from 6am with a reduced menu, including a breakfast pizza!
There will be two coffee carts in operation from 6am. One will be at the entrance to the Race Village, where a BBQ station selling Bacon & Egg rolls will be operational from 7am.
The other coffee cart will be located at the Sydney Hobart Bar gate, and will have baked eggs available from our paella pan on the lower deck, also from 7am.
All stations will have a selection of muffins, pastries, fruit salads, yoghurt and muesli, which will be easy for you to take away and enjoy while you are taking in the sights, sounds and excitement of race day!
From 9am in the Race Village there will be activities for both young children and teenagers:
· Face Painting - 9.00am-12 noon and then 12.30pm - 3.30pm
· Popcorn machine - 9.00am-3.00pm
· ‘Hook a Boat’ Competition run by Sailors with Disabilities (SwD) - 9.00am -3.00pm
· RMS Photo Booth - 9am to 1pm
At the rear of the Village, in the JANUS et Cie VIP Marquee, are the Mumm Champagne and Peroni Bars which will be open from 11am.
Live coverage of the race start will be on the large outdoor screen in the Race Village.
Live coverage of the Prize Giving
There will also be live coverage of the Prize Giving from the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart from 10am on 1 January, 2017 on the large outdoor screen in the Sydney Race Village.
The club is providing a new Members and guest service with the introduction of ‘Charge Bars’ for mobiles and tablets. These units are located at reception and in Sydney Hobart Bar. However from Boxing Day the reception unit will be taken to use in Hobart, but will return to reception after that for the remainder of the year.
Please note there will be no Onshore Newsletter next Monday due to Race day, but we will hopefully get one to you later in the week.
Chief Executive Officer