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rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 Peter Bush, another past Commodore of the CYCA, he chaired the club’s safety committee following the tragic 1998 race, making far-reaching recommendations on safety in ocean yacht racing. Bob Oatley, although no longer an active ocean racing yachtsman, he has and continues to make a most significant contribution to the extraordinary technical advances in yacht design and construction and the sailing of state-of-the-art super maxis. He was one of the first yacht owners in the world to successfully campaign a yacht with a canting keel twin foil (CBTF) beginning with his Admiral’s Cup winning boat Wild Oats. With a huge financial contribution Oatley then built the champion Wild Oats XI and has continued to upgrade the 100-footer for each year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. Oatley’s skipper in each of Wild Oats XI’s seven line and two overall victories. dinner at Usher’s Hotel in the city. Over dinner, founding member Peter Luke said to Illingworth, “(Bert) Walter, (Jack) Earl and I are planning a cruise to Hobart at Christmas time. Would you care to join us?” Illingworth thought for a moment and is recorded as replying, “Why don’t we make a race of it?” And they did! With the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania agreeing to finish the 628 nautical mile race, a fleet of nine yachts set sail on Boxing Day, 26 December, 1945. Illingworth bought a local yacht, Rani, enlisted a crew that included serving RN officers based at Garden Island and local yachties, and went on to outsail the fleet in a tough sail south in the Tasman Sea, winning both line honours and first place on corrected time. Illingworth returned to England and built his most outstanding ocean racer, Myth of Malham, pioneering the concept of light displacement, fin- keeled yachts with short overhangs at both bow and stern. His influence on the design and rigs of ocean racers and the technique of racing small yachts offshore was considerable. He became Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Naval Sailing Association and chairman of the Royal Yachting Association. He died in 1980, leaving a great legacy to international yachting, including that of ‘father of modern ocean racing in Australia’ and a founder of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. peTer luke Along with Captain John Illingworth RN, Peter Luke must be regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Luke, who died in 2007 at the age of 92, was co-founder of the Cruising Yacht Club back in 1944 and was second Commodore of the club. It was he who invited Illingworth, the noted English yachtsman then serving with the Royal Navy in Sydney, to join in on a cruise to Hobart with some other CYC members. And so the Sydney Hobart Race was born and both yachtsmen added their names and that of their boats to yachting history. Illingworth won the inaugural race with Rani, taking line and handicap honours. Luke skippered his cruising yacht Wayfarer, setting a Sydney Hobart record unlikely to be broken – the longest- ever time to finish the course, 11 days, six hours and 20 minutes. On the long and rough voyage south Wayfarer took shelter behind Broulee Island, north of Montagu Island. Luke and his crew went ashore to phone home to say they were fine and bought some fresh beef to replenish their supplies on board. It has sometimes been reported they also went ashore on the Tasmanian east coast and shot some rabbits! Luke was a man who stood by his principles through weather fair and foul. He disliked all things commercial and resigned his life membership in 1976 when the CYCA took on the first sponsor with naming rights for the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Many years later, he did rejoin the club but only under protest. In 1974, at the age of 79, Peter Luke sailed in the 50th Sydney Hobart aboard a friend’s yacht, Charisma, not with Wayfarer, although he still owned the yacht when he died. Tony Cable Tony Cable is one of the most colorful characters one might meet over the past half century around the marina (or in the bar) at the Cruising Yacht of Australia or around Hobart’s historic constitution dock. An ebullient raconteur, organiser of memorable events for yachties ashore and a great sailor, Cable has competed in 48 Sydney Hobart Races as a crew member since 1961 – the most by any yachtsman so far in the history of the race. Elected a Life Member of the CYCA in 2005, his greatest contribution has been to his fellow members and to others who have competed in the Sydney Hobart. He was co-founder of the Quiet Little Drink (QLD) in Hobart in 1969-70, a notorious post-race gathering that has run for many years at various waterfront pubs. In a different form today, the QLD continues to support charitable causes and the CYCA’s Youth Sailing Academy. There is also the more formal Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party where sailors who reach distinctive numbers of ‘Hobarts’ are formally inducted into this exclusive club of ‘Hobart heroes’, their names inscribed on an honour roll. Cable has served the CYCA and the Sydney Hobart in many ways. He was a club board member from 1975 to 1986 during which time he hobart legends 126 danielForster Martin James, a past Commodore of the CYCA, who has played a very significant role in bringing Rolex aboard as sponsor and establishing the CYCA as a world leader in a yacht tracking system that today provides the most advanced progressive race results as well as enhanced boat safety. HOBART PIONEERS Above: Tony Cable is co-founder of the Quiet Little Drink and has competed in 48 Sydney Hobart Races; Below: Past Commodore of the CYCA, Martin James.
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