Three Tasmanian enterprises, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Tamar Yacht Club and Riversdale Estate Wines, have joined forces to conduct and promote the 2017 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, known as the L2H.
The DSS already has planning well under way for the 11th Launceston to Hobart Race with a number of prominent yachts indicated as starters in the 285-nautical mile race around Tasmania’s stunning East Coast.
The new sponsors will complement the event with a Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart Race Village on the wharf at Hobart, with their award-winning wines and cuisine available for the public to enjoy.
Welcoming Riversdale Estate Wines as the naming rights sponsor of the 2017 L2H Race, DSS Commodore Dr Steve Chau said: “The Derwent Sailing Squadron is delighted to partner with an iconic, wholly owned Tasmanian business in the conduct of this wholly owned Tasmanian yacht race – the synergies are clear.”
The 11th Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race will start from Beauty Point near the mouth of the Tamar River on Wednesday, 27th December with most of the fleet finishing in Hobart by the 30th December.
Joining the DSS in announcing their sponsorship, Riversdale Estate directors Ian and Wendy Roberts outlined their plans for the Riverdale Estate Wines L2H Race Village at Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove.
“The Village will be an area that families can see the yachts as they finish and berth, purchase great Tasmanian food from our Riversdale lamb pies, cheese platters, raspberries and cream to Peter Rabbit cupcakes and enjoyable entertainment.
“There will be food and entertainment for all….. children will love meeting Peter Rabbit who will be visiting from the Peter Rabbit Garden each day.”
Significantly, they added: “We understand the commitment and effort required for the 2017 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race and have established a long-term partnership with the Derwent Sailing Squadron.”
Riversdale Estate, based at Cambridge in Tasmania’s Coal Valley, is an industry leader in hospitality and viticulture in Tasmania.
The Estate has been sweeping awards locally, nationally and internationally in recent times, notably the Tasmanian Hotel Association’s Best Specialty Restaurant in 2016 and 2017 and the 2017 Australian Hotel Association’s Best Regional Restaurant. This month their 2015 vintage Crater Chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Derwent Sailing Squadron
14 October 2017
For all entry documents please visit the Launceston to Hobart website at l2h-dssinc.org.au