HSOBA Ivied Tower Award
Friday, 24 November 2017
The Ray Vincent Lunch was held today in Burbury House with over 80 members of our community in attendance including a large contingent of our 2017 leavers. We were also pleased to have Ray’s son Tom (’56) and grandson Michael (’89) join us once again for the annual lunch named in honour of Ray and his great contributions to the School.
The Ivied Tower Award was presented at the lunch and this year’s recipient was announced as Dr Robert Clifford AO (’61). Robert launched the Sullivans Cove Ferry Company in 1972 and built his first high-speed Catamaran in the mid 1970s, he was also working on the design of the now famous high speed wave piercing catamarans. In 1988 Robert was named Tasmanian of the Year, Founder and Managing Director of International Catamarans, Tasmania. In 1991 Robert won the Award for Excellence in Tasmania for services to Tasmania’s boat building industry and in 1995 he was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and an honorary Engineering degree from the University of Tasmania.
Robert has continued on to be a global shipbuilding entrepreneur with his business INCAT currently building its 92nd vessel and although he stepped down as Managing Director some years ago he remains Chairman and an integral part of the business.
The HSOBA Young Alumni Award was also presented to Tom Allwright (’08) at the lunch.