Opening Day 2014 Program
This Saturday the 4th October is Opening Day. Along with all the festivities on the water, The Club will be open with a Scottish pipe band before sail past and a dance band from 6pm. Popular pizza and gourmet burgers will be available between 6pm and 9pm.
The official Opening Day program is now available to download in PDF format.
$30,000 grant to buy six Pacer dinghies
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania is to receive $30,000 in a State Government grant towards the purchase of six Pacer dinghies, enabling greater participation in sailing programs for beginner youths through to senior sailors.
Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly, at the club today with RYCT board member Claire Cunningham and Rear Commodore Tracy Matthews, inspecting a Pacer dinghy. Photo Peter Campbell.
Centenary celebration for Gypsy on Opening Day
One of Hobart’s oldest and most beautiful yachts, the gaff-rigged yawl Gypsy, will be honoured next Saturday, October 4, when she leads the traditional Opening Day Sail Past in Sullivans Cove.
This year marks the 100th birthday of Gypsy, which was built of Huon pine with solid Oregon pine masts near Eaglehawk Neck in 1914. Famous Tasmanian yacht designer Alf Blor adapted the 36-footer’s design from the original 42-footer concept ofSydney naval architect Walter Reeks.
Since 1917 Gypsy has been lovely owned and cared for by the Knight family and current owner Steve Knight will be at the helm on Opening Day.
Voodoo Chile wins Farr 40 Corinthian division
Tasmania’s Voodoo Chile, with a crew of mainly amateur sailors, has won the Corinthian Trophy in the Farr 40 class at the St Francis Yacht Club’s 50th Big Boat Series which ended today on a windy San Francisco Bay.
Voodoo Chile leads a group of Farr 40s around a mark near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Photo Sara Proctor.