Youth sailors who have attended training sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays brought their parents and families along on Saturday to enjoy their annual prize giving before the fireworks and bonfire on the beach.
Commodore Jerry Rook handed the trophies and congratulated those selected by group leaders. Addressing the crowded club, Sally Holman announced individual winners, successful for a mixture of achievement, teamwork, commitment or progress.
Ages of youth sailors range from 10 to 17 years, abilities from beginners to independent club sailors. The youth Section has been an important feature of the club for many years and has expanded with an Optimist section and match racing skills for the older students.
‘At present, half of the recently elected officers and committee have family members involved in youth training, seen very much as the future of the club,‘ commented the Commodore. Jerry has been heavily involved in race training for those achieving a good skills standard.
‘We continue to offer a low-cost opportunity for local young people to have a go at sailing, in a safe environment where they have experienced sailors and young volunteers to teach them,‘ Sally told the families. ‘We work to RYA guidelines with emphasis on seamanship and good practice. On Saturdays they get a chance to develop skills further with the aim of joining club racing, or enjoy a sail with friends. Your support as parents is very important.’
Coach Jim Thomas thanked organisers and all who have supported our youth Section, including harbour master Grahame Forshaw.
Natasha Dower won the cup for the best result at the club regatta, Simon Law for the best placing throughout the season in club racing, held for two years by Cameron Moss who is now 18 and competes at club and national level in his RS800.
The Jim Gait trophy for Seamanship, awarded to the top youth all-rounder, sailor and volunteer, went to popular Jack Young.
Four Tuesday sailors completed Modules of their D of E Bronze, from Skills to Volunteering levels, mentored by Jim Thomas, and three older youth members were taken through their Power Boat L2 as a reward for assisting on the water at the past three major championships the club has run.
Youth Section prize winners with Commodore Jerry Rook, left. Photo Pauline Rook
Prize winners 2018
Teamwork Trophy: Danny Fisher and James Sullivan
Personal Challenge Mug: Ariana Finn
Single-handed Trophy: Oliver Gambie
Special Mention Plate: Ferdy Leyshon
Seamanship Trophy: Jack Young
Junior Challenge Cup: Natasha Dower
Youth Achievement in Club Racing: Simon Law
Special Mention Trophy (personal improvement): Bella Young and Henry Green
Novices Trophy: Ptolemy Rydin Orwin
Club Lasers are awarded to Simon Law, Lorcan Finn.
The club welcomes applications for 2019 for youth Section training.