Offshore Yachting : February March 2008
VIEWPOINT 06 | offshore The stature of our race continues to grow and I would like to record my thank you to Rolex and the staff and volunteers at the club for their contribution. I would like to congratulate Rosebud's skipper, Roger Sturgeon, and his crew for their overall win. They certainly sailed a flawless race and went back to America with wins in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge and the Rolex Trophy as well as the Tattersall's Cup. Rosebud is the first US boat to win the race's major trophy in 30 years. There were many highlights including the equalling of the late John Bennetto's record of 44 races by both Lou Abrahams and Tony Cable. It is fitting that these three come from the three main ports that have supported this race since 1945, namely Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. Congratulations also to Wild Oats XI for their third successive line honours victory, equalling Morna's record from the 1940s. Congratulations also to all division place-getters in this most tactical of races. Thank you to the radio relay vessel and supporting vessels, namely: JBW skippered by John Winning, Young Endeavour courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy, and Past Commodore Hugo Van Kretschmar for the use of the Ada Hardy. I would also like to record the club's gratitude to Tim Cox for chairing the race committee and Past Commodore David Kellett for running the radio skeds. Past Commodore Martin James once again provided invaluable support with the yacht tracker and website. When the late Peter Luke, co-founder of the CYCA, wrote to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) in 1945 regarding a proposed race to Hobart later in the year, the then RYCT Commodore replied, "This news gladdens our hearts and we will be most happy to cooperate in any way desired. We will take care of the ships and their people upon arrival . . . we look for ward to the event with great interest." This reply embodies the support we have enjoyed since that inaugural race from our friends at the RYCT. We share a great partnership and many friendships as a result of this race and as a result of our shared passion for ocean racing. I would also like to thank all the owners who entered. Without their time and efforts, our sport wouldn't exist. Bill Ratcliff joined the elite 40 Sydney Hobart group that includes the late John Bennetto, Lou Abrahams, Tony Cable, Tony Ellis, Bernie Case and Richard 'Sighty' Hammond. Thanks also to our official starters: Michael York, who contested his first Sydney Hobart in 1946 aboard Mistral and who fired the 1pm starting cannon; Russell Price, a crewman on life member Jeannette York's father's yacht Tradewinds when it won the 1949 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, who fired the five-minute warning signal; and Hamish Grieve, who sailed the 1949 Sydney Hobart aboard Independence and the 1950 Sydney Hobart aboard Ellida, who fired the ten-minute warning signal. More recently at Skandia Geelong Week, a number of CYCA yachts were successful including Quest winning the IRC grand prix division, Limit winning the Sydney 38 Australian Championship and the CYCA team of Quest, Patrice Six and Wot Yot taking out the coveted Teams Trophy. Patrice Six, skippered by YSA sponsor Tony Kirby, was also overall winner at Sailing South Regatta in Hobart. I would also like to congratulate the CYCA Ocean Racers of the Year, Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas for their tireless and successful campaigning of AFR Midnight Rambler. The three other category winners are mentioned on page 22 of this issue of Offshore Yachting. I am saddened by the passing of Professor Don Harrison who was an inspiration to those who knew him at the club, and at St. Vincent's Hospital. His work on the design of the CYCA Medical Course for Mariners, which is soon to be officially launched, was instrumental. He was a truly great Australian and will be missed by many at the hospital. I look forward to seeing you at the club or on the water in the near future. at the helm Matt Allen, Commodore Cruising Yacht Club of Australia The 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race once again captured the attention of both the yachting world and general public. The intrigue of the maxis was foremost among the media, however the breadth of interest in the race was far wider than has been seen for years.
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