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Cheers to 25 Years!

The Sydney property and construction industry came out in force to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sydney Charity Regatta, raising over $300,000 for homeless youth.

The 25th Property Industry Foundation Sydney Charity Regatta was held under blue skies at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Friday 15 March. This popular industry sailing event has played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of at-risk and vulnerable young people in NSW, raising millions for vital housing projects.

A special pre-race lunch featured insightful and thought-provoking presentations from speakers Elizabeth Gordon, Fundraising Manager at Stepping Stone House and a key Foundation Charity Partner; Kyzar Jing, an Adviser at the Advocate for Children and Young People’s Office who rebuilt his life after experiencing incarceration and homelessness, and a panel discussion hosted by Malcolm Tyson, CEO of Colliers, featuring Greg Paramor, Walter Carpenter, Tony Quinn and CYCA Commodore, Arthur Lane. This lively panel saw the group sharing their memorable moments from 25 years of sailing for homeless youth.

Lucky regatta raffle winners were also announced, with generous raffle prizes donated by RTW Communications, Arthur Lane, CYCA, Mark Moran Group, Colliers, Buildcorp and Kate Nixon.

Raffle Winners:

  • First Prize: Sydney Harbour Yacht Cruise and Lunch: Winner – Chen Lu
  • Second Prize: 5 nights in an Antibes French Riviera Apartment: Winner – Nellie O’Keefe
  • Third Prize: Kate Nixon Design Gift voucher: Winner – Erin Buyers
  • Fourth Prize: Sydney City luxury dining at Shell House: Winner – Bec Mahoney
  • Fifth Prize: Sydney City Fun Day: Winner – Harry Bui
  • Sixth Prize: David Jones Gift Voucher: Winner – Terresa Sargant

After a relaxed lunch, it was time to take to the water for the main event – an afternoon of friendly racing on a fleet of high-performance super yachts. 600 sailors and spectators enjoyed a stunning day out on the harbour, with unbeatable water views! After the last boat came over the line, it was time to head back to the CYCA for the official Post Race Function Party – a chance to raise a glass, mingle with friends and colleagues and enjoy delicious bites.

The Property Industry Foundation CEO Kate Mills was then tasked with the all-important announcement of the race winners. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Race Winners:

  • Division 1: Winner (Shemera Cup) – Buildcorp on Willow
  • Division 2: Winner – ADCO Constructions on Oroton Drumfire
  • Division 3: Winner – FDC Construction & Fitout on Ciao Bella
  • Division 4: Winner – Northrop Consulting Engineers on No Doubt
  • Bob Ell Cup (Presented to overall winner): Winner – ADCO Constructions on Oroton Drumfire

Of course, we couldn’t put on such a successful regatta year-after-year without the support of our partners, volunteers, and committee members. Your dedication and commitment put the wind in our sails!

Huge thanks to our long-term Principal Partner Colliers, Major Partner Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Racing Partner Mitsubishi APOLIC brought to you by Network Architectural, Supporting Partner Milliken, Catering Partner The Boathouse Group, Advertising Partner oOh!media, Media Partner The Urban Developer, Film Partner Who and Why Media and Merchandise Partner SK Marketing.

This year’s regatta was also supported by 50 enthusiastic volunteers, working alongside the Foundation team to ensure a successful and well-run event. Thanks to all the helpers!

Here’s to another 25 Years of the Sydney Charity Regatta and our sincere gratitude to everyone who’s joined us over the decades in sailing for homeless youth. Check out some of the life changing The Haven Project building projects to see the true impact the regatta has made to vulnerable young people around Australia.

See you next year!

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