Alistair Murray get Queen's Birthday gong
Ronstan chairman recognised for services to sailing and manufacturing.
This week's Queen's Birthday honours list saw the chairman and former managing director of Ronstan, Alistair Murray, being made a Member (AM) in the General Division in recognition of his significant service to sailing, as a supporter of young sports people, and to the marine manufacturing and export industry.
Murray told his local newspaper in Melbourne he was pleasantly surprised to be acknowledged.
“I’m chuffed, it’s a great honour I didn’t see coming,” he said. “Sailing has always been an important part of my life, ever since I started as a kid with my dad.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to work in a field that represented so much to me; it’s not really been a job, it’s a passion.”
In addition to his contribution to local marine manufacturing and export with Ronstan, Murray has also served on many sailing boards and committees including Sail Melbourne, Volvo Ocean Race Stopover, Yachting Victoria and currently Australian Sailing. He is also a keen supporter of the Australian Sailing Team and has encouraged many young sailors in their sailing careers.
Fellow yachtsman Syd Fischer was also recognised as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the honours list for his significant service to sailing as a yachtsman and international competitor, and as a mentor to young sailors.
During his long sailing career, Fischer has won many honours including competing in 48 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races, taking handicap honours in 1992 and line honours in 1998 and 1990, winning the CYCA Blue Water Point Score nine times, and the Admiral’s Cup eight times, seven as team captain.
He also self-funded five America’s Cup campaigns and been a coach and mentor to many sailors during their careers.
Other members of the sailing community recognised for their contribution to the sport included the awarding of the Medal (OAM) in the General Division to Norman Fettell in Victoria, the late Roger Hickman in NSW, and Richard Tighe in NSW for services to sailing, youth development, and the community.