From the Board Room September 2021

On 11 September it was my pleasure to attend the Australian Sailing 2021 TasmanianSailing Awards Night at BYC. RYCT was very well represented and special congratulations to Michael Vincent for his award of Administrator/Sports Professional of the year. (Disclosure; I am chairman of the Australian Sailing Tasmanian Regional Committee but had no involvement in the awards process).

On 20 September, RYCT GM Sue Ball and RSHYR Finishing Committee chair Past Commodore Tracy Matthews and I, and (by Zoom) CYCA Commodore Noel Cornish and CEO Justine Kirkjian, met with Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein regarding the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The Premier advised he is very much looking forward to the race being able to go ahead
this year. Although policy is yet to be finalised, it is forecast that Tasmania will reopen its border when 90% of the Tasmanian population has received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination. The Premier advised this milestone will most probably be reached by the end of Novemberor the first week of December. CYCA and RYCT are working together to ensure that collectively we are ready to comply with any health conditions that may be imposed on people associated with the race entering Tasmania. On Saturday 2 October I am looking forward to hosting Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Tasmania’s new Governor and RYCT Commodore-in-Chief to take the salute from vessels participating in the 2021-22 Sailing Season Opening Day Manoeuvres. I hope to see as many members as possible participating in this important occasion on our sailing calendar.

See you on the water!

Richard Bevan