SB20 sailors, volunteers dominate RYCT awards
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania members who competed in or were part of the Volunteers team that ran the highly successful 2018 SB20 World Championship, have dominated special awards and perpetual trophies at today’s prizegiving.
These winners, with trophies presented by Commodore Tracey Matthews, were:
The Governor’s Cup for Outstanding Yachting Achievement: Michael Cooper. Sailing his SB20 Export Roo, Cooper and his crew finished second in the 2017 SB20 World championships at Cowes, England, fourth in the Australian championship in Hobart, second in the 2018 Pre-Worlds in Hobart and seventh in the 2018 World championships in Hobart.
Past Commodores’ Trophy for Services to Yachting: The SB20 Volunteers Team. More than 40 members contributed on-and-off the water, volunteering for the race committee, race office, registration, measurement, jury, results, trackers, worldwide media coverage, and providing an RYCT welcome to interstate and international guests at the SB20 Worlds in Hobart.
Commodore’s Trophy for Most Outstanding Youthful Participant: Sam King. This champion young sailor had an outstanding year in the Laser Radial class at National and World championships. Sam also competed in the SB20 Worlds, helming Masterclass.
Lesley Cooper Memorial for Outstanding Service to the Club: Michael Rouhliadeff who embodies the spirit of volunteering upon which this club is built.
John Hyslop Memorial for the Outstanding Female of the Year: The Athena Sailing Program which has, and continues to introduce many women into sailing, competing in such events as the SB20 Worlds.
The RYCT prizegiving was transferred to a luncheon today due to Hobart’s severe storm which left the club, and most of Sandy Bay, without power for up to 20 hours. Despite the change, more than 150 members, friends and families attended.
Other special trophy winners were:
Britannia Trophy for best overall performance in offshore races: Off-Piste (Paul Einoder). Off-Piste won the AMS and PHS divisions of the 2018 Bruny Island Race.
Keith Jenkins Memorial for Best Performance in a division or class: Aeolus (Brett Cooper). Aeolus won the 2017 SB20 Australian championship and was top scoring Australian yacht in the SB20 Worlds, placing sixth overall.
Jeffrey Corkhilll Memorial for Best Performance by a Forward Hand in RYCT Races: Nick Corkhill. For’ard hand on Aeolus, Nick won the trophy dedicated to the memory of his father, lost at sea aboard Charleston on a delivery voyage to Sydney.
Martin Graney Memorial for Outstanding Mainsheet Hand: Tim Burnell. Tim sailed on GBR entrant Marvel which placed third overall in the SB20 Worlds in Hobart.
Scott Graves Memorial for Best Performance by a crew member in keelboats: Edward Snowball. Edward is a versatile crewman and was a member of the crew of Porco Rosso which placed ninth overall in the 2018 SB20 Worlds.
Although the main focus during the summer keelboat sailing season has been on the Combined Club events, the RYCT still considers that Summer Pennants remain an important part of club traditions.
Off-the-Beach Summer Pennants were presented to Loose Cannon (Daniel Maree, Senior Sabot), Rapid Fire (Abbey Calvert, Laser 4.7), Chaos (Nick Smart, Laser Radial) and Lowlife (Stephen McCullum, Int. 2.4R)
In the the keelboat classes Pennant and trophy winners were Tas Paints (Ian Stewart, Division 1 WD Whitehouse Memorial), Intrigue (Don Calvert, Division 1, AMS and IRC), Kamehameha (Frank Chatterton, Division 2, Manhatten Trophy), Kindred Spirit (Peter Alcock (Division 3, Sir John Evans Memorial) and Porco Rosso (Elliott Noye, SB20 division).
Trophies won in the Maria Island and Bruny Island offshore races and the Navigation and Seamanship Cruise were also presented today, along with Twilight and Winter Pennants.
Words and photos Peter Campbell
20 May 2018