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Victorious again: The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Governor's Cup has been awarded to Roger Hickman.

CYCA Member, Roger Hickman, owner/skipper of Wild Rose, the overall winner of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, received the Governor's Cup, the most prestigious perpetual trophy awarded each year by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

A long time member of the RYCT, and now based in Sydney, Hickman flew down to Hobart to accept the trophy from commodore Richard Batt at the club's annual prizegiving dinner.

The Governor's Cup winner, for outstanding yachting achievement over the past season, is chosen by past commodore's of the RYCT with vice commodore Matthew Johnston commenting: "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 Wild Rose."

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 Rolex 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 is still a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, proudly calling 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 Hickman retired from the merchant marine as a ship's master, he has been based in Sydney and is a longstanding member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

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Tasmanian-born Roger Hickman has received the Governer's Cup, awarded for outstanding yachting achievement over the past season. Hickman was nominated alongside Michael Cooper, the crew of Voodoo Chile and the crew of Whitsler.

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Title Annotation:RYCT GOVERNOR'S CUP
Author:Campbell, Peter
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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