21 Club Dinner *UPDATE*
This year’s 21 club is shaping up to be one of our best and the tables are filling fast. Mark, Rohan’s and Annette’s tales of trying to escape the cyclones and just stay sane, friends and alive are sure to impress. Unfortunately Alex Gough has had to pull out due to his sailing commitments however Stacey Jackson who also competed in the Volvo Race will now be joining us to relive some of the excitement of the race.
We’ve given you the option of choosing a table you’d like to sit at or even better, organise a table yourself but we would like to have the booking finalised by Tuesday next week. Could you please drop an email back to Lynne or give her a call to make your booking and advise if you want the inclusive package ($104 including drinks) or just the dinner package ($64 plus drinks).
We have 26 new members this year, the 21 club is just getting bigger and bigger and we look forward to your company on the 20th and enjoying with fellow 21 club members just what makes RQYS one of the best sailing clubs in the world.
Invitations have now been posted and emailed to all eligible members for this year’s 21 Club Reunion Dinner on Friday 20 July. We have a great lineup of guest speakers: Mark Hipgrave, Rohan Wood and Annette Hesselmans who have just completed the Melbourne to Osaka race, and Alex Gough fresh off the boat from the Volvo Ocean Race. This year we are offering an all inclusive meal and drink option and no alcohol tickets. This dinner will be a members only dinner. Below is more information on our guest speakers. Don’t miss out, book now!
21 Club dinner is booked for Friday 20 July. Please keep this date free. Guest speakers will be Mark Hipgrave, Rohan Wood and Annette Hesselmans who have just completed the Melbourne to Osaka, and Alex Gough fresh off the boat from the Volvo Ocean Race. Invites will be posted shortly with this year offering an all inclusive meal and drink option and no alcohol tickets. 2018 will be a members only dinner. Look for the invite in your letter box. Below is more information on our guest speakers.
Mark & Rohan
Mark and Rohan had some simple goals for the Melbourne Osaka race 2018 – start healthy, finish healthy, remain mates, and return home safely to their families. The other (unwritten) one was to be competitive, do our squadron proud and place on the podium. While the majority of their goals were achieved, with the RQYS burgee now flying proudly in the Hokko Osaka Yacht club, listen as they talk about just one of their multiple challenges – with only 16 NM from the finish, with an assured third position on IRC, battling fatigue and sleep deprivation, one error of judgement nearly resulted in losing the entire rig and not even completing the race.
Come and hear them speak about the trials and tribulations of Australia’s longest Category 1+ yacht race, the equivalent of eight back-to-back Sydney to Hobart’s with only two people on board. Some have called it the “Everest of Yachting”. It is unassisted – no stops, no on-boarding, just two men in a boat. From the initial conversations, to the planning and preparation, the race and the celebrations, this story has it all. We look forward to having them have a discussion with the 21 club on July 20.