The 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Corporate Lunch is on Friday 7 December – less than one week away.
Featuring the 2017 Tattersall Cup-winning skipper of Ichi Ban, Matt Allen, as guest speaker, and hosted by Gordon Bray AM, and with valuable networking opportunities, this is an event you and your business don’t want to miss.
Enjoy a taste of Tasmania at this exclusive event, too, with oysters, truffles, salmon and other delicacies sprinkled throughout a gourmet menu. There are a number of great prizes to be won, with a raffle raising money for CYCA’s SOLAS Trusts. Tickets are limited… and closing soon. Click here to read the full menu!
In addition to the above food, fun and games (and the Corporate Gift Bag), the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Corporate Lunch will also feature an appearance from the legendary cruising yacht Kathleen Gillett, who sailed in the first Sydney-Hobart. More info on her below.
70 years ago the cruising yacht Kathleen Gillett with its owner and skipper the celebrated marine artist Jack Earl and crew sailed back into Sydney Harbour after an 18-month-long world circumnavigation, the second Australian yacht to achieve this feat.
Named after his wife and known widely just as Kathleen, it was also a founding yacht for the CYCA and sailed in the first Hobart race in 1945. Kathleen was built by Charles Larsen, who worked from plans drawn by the famous Norwegian designer Colin Archer.
Kathleen was launched in March 1939 and became home to the Earl family during the war years.
In June 1947 Jack Earl and crew set sail to circumnavigate the world in Kathleen. Accounts written by mate Mick Morris and illustrated by Jack were published in Seacraft magazine as they rounded the Cape of Good Hope to South America, sailed through the Panama Canal and crossed the Pacific to New Zealand. When they returned to Australia in December 1948, they were given a tremendous reception.
After being sold by Jack in the 1950s, Kathleen‘s adventurous career included island trade in Torres Strait and crocodile-hunting expeditions around Bougainville and the Solomon Islands.
In 1987 the ketch was located at Guam and purchased by the Norwegian Government as a Bicentennial Gift to the people of Australia. It was restored at the Halvorsen yard in Bobbin Head and is now part of the Fleet at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
The day it’s on display at the CYCA to mark the 70 years since its return, and along with it will be Jack’s subsequent yachts, Maris a Jock Muir built Alan Payne Tasman Seabird and Smoky Cape, a Cec Quilkey built Len Randell design.