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Roger Hickman, owner/skipper of Wild Rose, the overall winner
of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has 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 on Friday 8 May.
“ This year the list of nominees was long, illustrating a great
year of sailing and success by club members,” Vice Commodore
Matthew Johnston said. “ Those nominated are the crew of Voodoo
Chile, the crew of Whistler, Michael Cooper and Roger Hickman.
“Roger has won most of the offshore sailing regattas in
Australia and is a member of the Yachting Tasmania Hall of
Fame. In 2014 Roger and his crew once again climbed the highest
pinnacle, winning the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 in
The Governor’s Cup caps a stellar 12 months in yacht racing
for Hickman. In early December 2014 he was named the Ocean
Racer of the Year by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia after
winning his seventh CYCA Blue Water Championship, with Wild
Rose taking first place in her IRC and ORCi divisions of the 2013
Rolex Sydney Hobart and a member of the winning team in the
revived Southern Cross Cup.
Within three weeks of receiving that award many more
accolades were to be showered on Wild Rose skipper Hickman and
her dedicated crew after a splendid victory in the 70th Sydney
Hobart Yacht Race.
It was Hickman’s third overall win in the ocean classic: as
co-owner/skipper of Selbourne Wild Oats in 1993 and 22 years later
with the same yacht, now known as Wild Rose, and as sailing
master on the 2000 race winner Ausmaid in 2000.
‘Hicko’ is Tasmanian born and bred, still a member of the
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and proudly calls Hobart ‘home’. He
learned to sail on southern Tasmania’s cold, often unpredictable
and rugged waters, and his early training on the River Derwent
and southern offshore waters has long been reflected in his
noted seamanship skills.
Since retiring from the merchant marine as a ship’s master,
he has been based in Sydney and is a long-standing member of
the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Other major perpetual trophies presented included:
Commodore’s Trophy for most outstanding youthful
participant: Jock Calvert who will again represent Australia at
the ISAF Youth Worlds in the RS:X sailboard class.
Past Commodore’s Trophy for service to yachting: Michael
Vincent for his tireless contribution to the RYCT, including off-
the-beach sailing and keelboat racing.
Lesley Cooper Memorial for outstanding services to the Royal
Yacht Club of Tasmania: Murray Jones and Ralph Spinner.
Jock Muir Memorial Trophy for outstanding seamanship:
The crew of Mistraal, skippered by Jacinta Cooper, for their
actions following the crash of a light aircraft in Storm Bay while
photographing yachts in the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
Keith Jenkins Memorial Trophy for best performance in a
division of class: Astrolabe, skippered by Peter Bosworth.
Martin Graney Memorial for outstanding main sheet hand:
David Chapman on SB20 Export Roo.
Jeffrey Corkhill Memorial for best performance by a forward
hand in RYCT races: George Peacock on Cougar II.
Scott Graves Memorial for best performance by a crew member
in keelboats: Alastair Sayers. h
Roger Hickman, right, receiving the trophy from RYCT Commodore
RYCT Governor’s Cup
awarded to Roger Hickman
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