Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 the finish 121 The huge public interest in the Sydney Hobart has spawned other events in Tasmania’s capital city over the Christmas to New Year period, the biggest of these being Taste of Tasmania. Valentine, Damon thomas and now our new Lord Mayor sue hickey have been willing to go out on the river to welcome the line honours winner to their city. it has become a great tradition of hobart.” the RYCt’s planning for the Rolex sydney hobart begins months before Boxing Day, 26 December. Everything swings into operation in hobart as the fleet sets sail from sydney harbour. the Race Committee headed by tim Cox that evening sets up operations at the RYCt, the Liaison Centre opens at Constitution Dock and the Race information Centre is manned. the international Media Centre begins operating in the Mawson pavilion alongside Constitution Dock from early morning on 27 December. obviously, a key factor in the finish of the sydney hobart is the accurate timing of each yacht as it crosses the finish line between the “Castray Box” on the foreshores of Battery point and a large Rolex buoy. these days the team in the finish box have an even more responsible task, not only finishing the Rolex sydney hobart fleet, but also yachts racing in the Melbourne to hobart Races via the East Coast and the West Coast and also the relatively new Launceston to hobart Race. the finish box is staffed by volunteers from hobart’s major clubs, the RYCt members being assisted by members of the Derwent sailing squadron and the Bellerive Yacht Club 24 hours a day from when the first yacht rounds tasman island until the very last boat in the sydney hobart and the other fleets finish their races. the huge public interest in the sydney hobart has spawned other events in tasmania’s capital city over the Christmas to new Year period, the biggest of these being the taste of tasmania which these days attracts several hundred thousand visitors to enjoy the very best of the state’s gourmet produce. now a hobart City Council enterprise, the concept of the ‘taste’ originated at the Royal Yacht Club of tasmania back in 1985 as an innovative idea of then Commodore ollie hedberg and hobart Race Director Rowan Johnston. taste visitors also get a close-up view of the yachts soon after they finish, with the escort boats leading them past the princes Wharf on their way to their berths. “in turn, the crews receive a traditional tasmanian welcome from people eating out at the taste,” says Badenach. there are many other facets that make up the successful logistical operations for the finish of the Rolex sydney hobart Yacht Race centred on Constitution Dock – the crew baggage distribution centre in the City hall, an effort of the glenorchy Rotary Club is just one. And, of course, famous hobart pubs such the Customs house and the shipwrights Arms are already gearing up for an influx of thirsty yachties. from 26 December 2014 through to 3 January 2015, sullivans Cove and Constitution Dock will be the focus of international interest in ocean yacht racing, a focal point for tasmanians and tourists to the island, and a wonderful welcoming point for yachties who have braved the rugged waters of the tasman sea to “do a hobart”.
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