Sir James Hardy OBE
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After serving in the family wine company Thomas Hardy & Sons since 1953, Sir James was appointed chairman in 1981 and non-executive director in 1992 when it merged to become BRL Hardy Wine Company.
A renowned world champion yachtsman, Sir James represented Australia at two Olympic Games (1964 & 1968), skippered three America’s Cup challenges, and competed in four Admiral’s Cup Ocean Racing Championships.
In 1975, in recognition of his contribution to sailing and the community, he was awarded an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and in 1981 invested a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1994, Sir James was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.
In public service, Sir James has served 25 years on the executive committee of the Neurosurgical Research Foundation of South Australia, was Chair of the Federal Government ‘s Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee for 8 years, and is a former Chairman of the Landcare Foundation.
He is Chairman of Sydney’s Australia Day Regatta serving from 2004 until 2011, and is currently a Patron of numerous organizations and charities.