Youth and Juniors Celebrate In Style
Last Saturday evening our Youth & Junior sailors and parents marked the end of the sailing season in style at our very first dedicated Y&J Awards Evening. With over 50 people in attendance it was wonderful to see so many young sailors collecting their awards.
Vice Commodore Dave Morgan opened the evening with a message from Commodore Tim Coleshaw, who congratulated everyone on their awards and certificates and also thanked all those involved with making the Y&J programme a success. Special thanks was given to the young sailors who have helped and supported club events throughout the year, such as the open day and RNLI event and also those who represent SSSC club at Open Class & RYA events across the region.
Before the prize giving Andy & Bev mentioned some of the achievements and highlights from the last 12 months. From bucking the trend with participation, to new boats in the Y&J fleet, and funding towards a new training room (which is well underway), the exciting new and annual events really showcased an excellent year.
Bev then proceeded with the main event and the presentation of awards. Dave presented an array of prizes to the young sailors for all their fantastic achievements through the year. This included 16 Y&J’s collecting their RYA Youth Stage 1 / 2 course certificates. Prizes & certificates were also presented for progressing through the Y&J pathway.
Daniel Lamond gave an excellent presentation on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and how he has used sailing in achieving his bronze award.
Trophies and prizes were also presented for the seasons racing results, including special trophy days and series results.
There were many more special prizes awarded during the evening, including the most improved sailors of the year. From the Development Squad, the winners were Sophie & Fraser and from the Race Squad the winners were Alex & Oliver H.
However, the most coveted award of the evening, the Top Cat Trophy for the Sailor of the Year, a brand new trophy kindly donated by TC himself (Tim Coleshaw), went to a sailor who has shown great commitment and resilience throughout the year with the hard work and effort starting to pay off. The winner had raced in every club series and trophy day this year, was part of the 24hr racing team, had sailed at class Open Meetings representing South Staffs, was the winner of the club Spring Series and has recently been selected into the RYA Zone Squads. All this at the age of 9 is an amazing achievement and is a truly deserved winner of the Top Cat Trophy & Our 2018 Sailor of the Year – Jack Hodgkins.
Congratulations to Jack and all of our award winners for 2018.