Sails : Sails 29 December January 2015
rolexsydneyhobartyachtrace2014 Roger Hickman began his sailing in Hobart, but after years at sea as a ship’s captain, settled in Sydney from where he has competed in 37 Sydney Hobarts winning the IOR division of the 1993 race with Wild Oats, a Farr 43. He still races that boat, now named Wild Rose, and continues to sail it to division wins in the Rolex Sydney Hobart as taking out the CYCA’s Blue Water Pointscore twice with the veteran yacht. He was also sailing master on Ausmaid when it won the Hobart Race in 2000, being named Ocean Racer of the Year. Apart from his ocean racing, Hickman has raced Dragons, Etchells and Farr 40s. He is a past flag officer of the CYCA and past president of Yachting New South Wales. Jenny Tate and Dagmar O’Brien in 1946, only the second year of the race, set sail with their husbands in the Sydney Hobart. Hobart woman Jenny sailed with her husband Horrie aboard Active, virtually taking over as skipper when Horrie became ill; Dagmar was aboard Connella with her husband Dr Brian O’Brien, but they were forced to retire from the race. Jenny Tate is remembered by a trophy presented each year to the first woman to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart. hobart legends 129 david kelleTT oaM David Kellett has made a major contribution to the status of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race across a broad spectrum: as a highly successful competitor; as a past Commodore of the CYCA; as Chairman of the world body, the Ocean Racing Council; in race communications and in safety at sea, not just for the Sydney Hobart, but for ocean racing worldwide. As Australia’s past senior representative and executive member of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) he considerably raised this nation’s status within the international governing body for the sport. Kellett has had a passion for sailing since boyhood, gaining experience internationally as a young man, including time at Newport, Rhode Island, then home of the America’s Cup. He returned to Australia after being part of Gordon Ingate’s Gretel II challenge in 1977 and quickly got involved in yachting back in Sydney, as a project manager in the building of several ocean racing yachts and as a sailing master on maxi yachts. He had a long association with Bernard Lewis’ Sydney Hobart campaigns which included winning line honours with Vengeance in 1961 and in 1987 with Sovereign, one of only a handful of yachts to have won the line and handicap double in the Hobart Race. In total, Kellett has sailed in 40 Sydney Hobarts, in latter years as the CYCA’s key representative aboard the radio relay vessel, introducing many new and improved procedures in race communications that followed the tragic 1998 race. In tandem with his ocean racing career, Kellett became increasingly involved in the administration of the sport but always retaining a practical, hands-on approach that he continued with his involvement with ISAF. He became Commodore of the CYCA, later President of the Australian Yachting Federation, now Yachting Australia, before being chosen to represent Australia on the Offshore Racing Council and ISAF. ISAF chose him to be its Technical Representative at the Beijing and London Olympic Games sailing regattas, a key role in overseeing the smooth operations of these events. In November this year David Kellett was awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. Kellett is the first recipient from outside of Europe or the America’s. WORLD LEADERS Above: David Kellett was ISAF’s technical representative at the Beijing and London Olympic Games sailing regattas; Below: Roger Hickman.
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