The yacht Namadgi will carry the Centenary of Canberra logo in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: Supplied
It's been to space and the Middle East, and come Boxing Day the well-travelled Canberra centenary logo will be spotted on the seas as part of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
The news the logo had been printed on the Canberra-owned, 44-footer Namadgi competing in the bluewater classic came as Canberra's centenary celebrations come to an end on Wednesday, after more than 1000 community events.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher - keeping her feet dry on the Centenary Trail on Tuesday - said the logo would be seen on the racing mainsail and hull of the yacht, as well as the red shirts of the eight-man crew. "The Sydney to Hobart is an icon of Australia's summer sport, and in the last days of Canberra's centenary year a global TV audience will see the Centenary logo on Namadgi's sail and hull," the Chief Minister said.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher tackles another section of the Centenary trail with her advisors Vic Smorhun and Stephen Paillas. Photo: Melissa Adams
"The Canberra Centenary logo has been beamed across the world including on a banner when it visited our troops in the Middle East as well as on the International Space Station on a flag carried by an astronaut, and now the centenary logo will be seen in one of the world's most iconic ocean yacht races."
Namadgi is owned by a Canberra Ocean Racing Club syndicate and is berthed at Pittwater on the northern outskirts of Sydney as it completes preparations for the Boxing Day to New Year's Day event.
The Chief Minister said the official opening of the second stage of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the Ancestors picnic event on Wednesday would mark the end of an enjoyable year.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher tackles another section of the Centenary trail. Photo: Melissa Adams
"It's been a diverse year of fun events which have brought our community closer together but also a year of learning about how our city has grown over the past 100 years since it was established as the national capital," Ms Gallagher said.
On Tuesday the regular walker encouraged residents to explore part of the 145km Centenary Trail, set to be one of the city's 2013 legacies.
"It's something for everybody - if you live in Tuggeranong [for example] you can go for a walk along parts of the Centenary Trail all the time, or you can do whole stages or the whole walk. It's all really manageable incline, you don't have to walk up mountains … you can really take small children and you can take people in wheelchairs for large parts of it."
Ms Gallagher said while some issues with the One Big Day in March and the controversy over Skywhale would be looked at in the centenary's review, the year's events - which she said cost the ACT government $24 million - would be remembered as special.
"Everyone has a unique and interesting story to tell but the consistent message in most of those stories is the pride we have developed for our city."