Rotary Club of Manly
23 February 2016

Special Guest: Barry Teren, Rotarian from the Gold Coast and Lindsay May (also guest speaker), Rotarian and Director of Membership for our District 9685
The Rotary Picnic was canceled due to bad weather forecast and has been rescheduled to Sunday,20 March 2016. PP Douglas Miller has confirmed booking at Manly Dam. Details will be forwarded to everyone.
Robert Jones is organizing the washing and painting of the kitchen and dining area walls at Mission Australia House, Fairlight street, Manly, Tuesday the 1st of March to wash down the walls and Tuesday the 8th March for painting.
PP Douglas Miller, Neil Austin, Robert Jones, John Pack and President Enza have volunteered for both days to try and get the work finished.
New member pin: President Enza presented President Maggie with a new member Rotary pin for introducing a new member to our club, Tracy Rushmer.

Ted announced that the Royal Far West scholarship has been approved for Basim AIAnsar and he will be undertaking his research in the University Of Sydney medical school.
We will once again be having the Manly Scenic Fun Run and Walk organised by The Rotary Club of Manly  on22nd May 2016, Starting on the Corso.  
Mayor Jean Hay will be starting the event at 8am. Clarke and Humel Properties will be our major sponsor for the Fun Run.
Early Bird rates apply till the 12th May 2016.  Come and take advantage of the great prices.
*Meeting with Mayor Jean Hay,
Mayor Hay also brought along a present given to her by The Rotary Club of Manly in 1971 in honour of the clubs fifty year anniversary in Australia.
Today’s speaker was Lindsay May who gave a very detailed description of the 2015 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Lindsay had been in many, if not all, the races to date. He gave very detailed descriptions of the perils and risks involved in the race and the yacht he was crewing on (Brindabella), which was forced to retire after about 100 miles. (They were one of numerous retirements). 

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). The race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The race was initially planned to be a cruise by Peter Luke and some friends who had formed a club for those who enjoyed cruising as opposed to racing, however when a visiting British Royal Navy Officer, Captain John Illingworth, suggested it be made a race, the event was born.
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades, since the inaugural race in 1945, to become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world, and it now attracts maxi yachts from all around the globe. The 2004 race marked the 60th running of the event.

In 2006, Love & War, owned by Peter Kurts and skippered by Lindsay May, won the race overall (IRC Handicap) in a corrected time of 3 days, 22 hours 2 minutes and 37 seconds. Love & War became only the second yacht to win the race three times (1974, 1978 and 2006). Lindsay gave us all a wonderful insight by way of his presentation to see the conditions at sea and the  landmarks that the racing boats encounter that one would not normally see on the news coverage.

Veronica thanked Lindsay and advised that our Club would make a donation to Rotary Foundation in his name.