Hobart, Tasmania - 09 May 2015: RYCT announced Roger Hickman, owner/skipper of Wild Rose, the overall winner of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, last night received the Governor’s Cup, the most prestigious perpetual trophy awarded each year by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
A Tasmanian by birth and a long time member of the RYCT, but now based in Sydney, Hickman flew down to Hobart to accept the trophy from Commodore Richard Batt at the club’s annual prizegiving dinner.
Speaking from the podium after accepting the trophy, R2H, shared with the audience:
"I love Tasmania. I will keep coming back in the S2H as long as I can because the race is one of the three best sailing competitions in the world, the other two being the Olympic Laser competition and the Manos Roussos Trophy.
I also see the the S2H as a community service and giving back to a sport that has given me so much pleasure. Not everyone can sail a proper boat, by that I mean steer a Laser. So if I can give those less fortunate the joy of sitting on the weather rail for a few days of pseudo sailing each year, I will.
My next challenge is to time manage the community service stuff with the DBSC Spring Pointscore thus giving me enough training to be in the running for the Manos Rouses Trophy. "