LRSC Youth Section Prize giving was held in the clubhouse on Saturday 5th November just before the town fireworks and bonfire. A crowded clubhouse full of enthusiastic young sailors and their families saw the Optimist series winners presented with prizes by Dave Stubbs, Vice Commodore, with Ed Stubbs overall first, then Bart’s Bash participation certificates by Commodore Jerry Rook, before the Tuesday and Saturday training groups came forward for trophies and awards.
Announcing the winners, co-coordinator Sally Holman had collated the choices of session leaders which were explained, ranging from beginners to those who had participated in club races and crewed for top class sailors.
Seamanship features strongly in training aims, with the Jim Gait cup awarded to popular Max Smith. Max has sailed his Laser successfully this year, attended race group and Weymouth Academy training and helped with younger sailors. The Single handed trophy went to Katie Frost who has earned one of the club Lasers for the coming year. The other Laser goes to more recent enthusiast Fraser Earle, a tremendous boost to his ability to compete. Lorcan Finn and Natasha Dower had the personal improvement Special Mention trophy, now ready to join the Race group next season. Young Simon Law has impressed with his developing ability, and Tom McDonald with his growing maturity and skill, as well as their participation in Bart’s Bash, Regatta and Youth Regatta. The beginners Kitty Harahan and Henry Neil shared the Novices Trophy. Top winners’ trophies both went to Cameron Moss, for best results in club racing for an under 18 helm and best youth helm at the club Regatta.
Volunteers Jack Young and Chet Gillespie were commended for their teamwork, supporting Tuesday team leaders consistently and willingly undertaking any task requested while working with younger sailors. Mentored by Leader Jim Thomas, Chet undertook his DofE volunteering during the sessions.
Organiser Vicky Hill stressed the value of the club Lasers, the progress and leap in confidence made by individuals since their year of ownership, while the acquisition of 4 Toppers through grants from local organisations is leading to a class experience for those who are ready to move into racing. Sally added that, looking wider than club racing, Cameron had won the RS800 under 18s and Silver Fleet Nationals, before Cameron listed open meeting and Nationals achievements of other youth members crewing for experienced helms – impressive for such a small club! Fraser was then called upon to choose the recipient of the Wooden Spoon, which also went to Cameron for rigging his spinnaker upside down. The good leadership shown by the older youth members and general ethos of the youth section was noticeable.
Chris Turner, boat builder and national champion who came to sailing through the youth section, had been invited to present the prizes but is in Barcelona for the World Sailing conference. However, Chris sent this message:
“Sorry I cannot be there tonight. Congratulations to you all on a successful year. LRSC Youth section has always been a nurturing ground for talent, who have gone on to represent us at National, International, Olympic and Americas cup level. Several have also gone on to successful professional careers in the sailing industry. It is great to see the Youth section is prospering.”
The Commodore thanked the organisers and leaders, all volunteers, the Sea school for the use for their dinghies and the harbour staff for support.
The evening ended with supper following the excellent firework display and bonfire. The club contributed a collection bucket for Regatta and Carnival – and the bar ran out of beer!
Proud prize winners include Optimist cadets, centre front, top youth helm Cameron Moss, 3rd right, beginner Henry Neil, front right, Max Smith, back left, Commodore Jerry a rook, right.
Max Smith, Seamanship Cup, with Commodore Jerry Rook
Fraser and Cameron share the joke as the wooden spoon is awarded!
Katie Frost earns the Singlehanded Trophy and has been awarded one of the club’s Lases for the coming year.
Special Mention Cup went to Simon Law
Vicky awarded the Special Mention Plate to Tom McDonald
Ed Stubbs wins the CoastWaterSports series trophy for Optimists
Commodore’s certificates for all youth members who took part in Bart’s Bash this year.
LRSC Ltd 2016 Trophy Winners
Teamwork Trophy (2) – Chet Gillespie and Jack Young
Personal Challenge Mug – Simon Law
Special Mention Plate – Tom McDonald
Single-Handed Trophy – Katie Frost
Seamanship Trophy – Max Smith
Special Mention Trophy – Natasha Dower/ Lorcan Finn
Novices Trophy – Kitty Harahan/ Henry Neil
Junior Challenge Cup – Cameron Moss
(Best junior results at LRSC Regatta)
Youth Achievement in Club Racing – Cameron Moss
(Best results in club racing through the season)
Wooden Spoon– Cameron Moss
Oppie Cadet CoastWaterSports series –
Ovington Optimist (for a year to use for racing and training) – Raff Porter