Report: Peta Stuart-Hunt
Images: Jennie Austin
The annual Prizegiving is one of the highlights of the year at the Hamble-based
Royal Southern Yacht Club, preceded by a formal dinner for 150 guests and held
on Saturday evening (12th November).
It has proved to be another outstanding year for the Royal Southern, hosting a
number of high profile events including the Landsail Tyres J Cup, the X-Yachts
Solent Cup, Oyster Week, the J/111 European Championships, the FAST40+ Class
competing for the prestigious One Ton Cup at their event in September and the
inaugural and highly successful Hamble Classics Regatta ...and pretty much
everything in between!
Sailing Manager Tim Thubron opened the evening's proceedings with an overview of
the numerous successes gained in home waters and at regattas around the world
enjoyed by many of the sailing members during the course of this year.
After a thoroughly enjoyable dinner, Rear Commodore Sailing Graham Nixon,
introduced the guest speaker, Academy member Annabel Vose. Annabel recently
competed in the J/70 World Championships in San Francisco and also in Lisbon,
where she was racing the Extreme Series in a foiling GC32 and, earlier in the
season was part of the first all-female crew in the Round Island Race. She spoke
about her passion for sailing and its ups and downs accompanied by a photo
collage going back to her Oppie days at the Club.
Annabel Vose, the evening's popular guest speaker, also received The
International Cup from Vice Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams.
Annabel, who is doing a Masters in Marine Engineering at Southampton University,
explained just how much she has enjoyed her successful and varied sailing career
to date and went on to thank the Club and its volunteers for helping her to
achieve her successes, saying, "I have learned everything about sailing here at
this Club and I can't thank the wonderful volunteers enough for your support."
Graham Nixon then steered a steady course through the Prizegiving, presenting
trophies with names such as the Tom Titts (sic) and the Export Woodbine Trophy
to the Chippie Davie Trophy, and every one as meaningful to its donor and its
recipient as the next.
A vast array of trophies, goblets and assorted glassware was handed out
including the awarding of THE COMMODORE'S CUP to Jack Davies and presented in
memory of Past Commodore John Beardsley to the Royal Southern Academy member for
Mike Bartholomew was named winner of THE WEST BOUND TROPHY - The Travellers
Trophy, presented in 2016 for the furthest distance travelled to compete. Each
Summer, Mike comes to the UK from South Africa to race his boat Tokoloshe.
Pete Selby, navigator on Tokoloshe, picked up The West Bound Trophy on behalf of
Mike Bartholomew, presented by Vice Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams.
THE TONY DAVIS MEMORIAL TROPHY is awarded in memory of Tony Davis for
achievement in offshore sailing. Yves Dervieux was the proud recipient, well
known on the offshore racing circuit for success in a series of boats all named
Botez Coat, winning the Normandy Channel Race, Ouistreham (the Commodore
Trophy), the Morgan Cup and he was second in the Cervantes Trophy Race. This was
his 'swan song' season, finishing second in class in the J/109 fleet in the
Round the Island Race.
Offshore sailor Yves Dervieux with Vice Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams.
THE TANNER CRUISING TROPHY, presented in 2016 by Maggie Widdop in memory of her
parents and brother, is given in special recognition of cruising. This year the
award went to Russell & Helen Tribe to acknowledge their several seasons of
cruising the Scottish coast in their yacht IO.
Russell & Helen Tribe received The Tanner Cruising Trophy from Maggie Widdop
Fostering new talent and providing the required momentum to continue improving
sailing skills from a young age, the Club prides itself on its sailing
structure, providing young enthusiasts with first-class training and
opportunities, including competitive racing, in Splash (aged 4-12), Junior
Cadets (aged 13-18), through to the Royal Southern Academy section (18-25).
So, in recognition of their individual contributions to this structure, the
following awards were presented:
THE RICHARD CANN TROPHY was awarded to the Junior Cadet who has demonstrated by
his or her endeavours both on and off the water that he or she goes the extra
mile for others and is regarded as a conscientious, kind and courteous role
model. Nicholas Walters was the proud recipient.
A justifiably proud Nicholas Walters receives The Richard Cann Trophy.
THE LIGHTFOOT TROPHY is awarded in memory of Nigel Lightfoot and presented by
the Youth Committee to a Junior Cadet who has shown enthusiasm and encouraged
the younger sailors of the Club. Ben Childerley won this but as he is at school
his sister Abby collected it on his behalf.
Annabel Vose received THE INTERNATIONAL CUP, presented to a Junior Cadet or
Academy member for outstanding achievement internationally and who has shown
encouragement to the younger sailors in the Club.
Abby Childerley was soon in the spotlight herself when she was awarded the YOUTH
EXTERNAL COMPETITION TROPHY for her recent strong performances in the Laser 4.7
Each year the DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S TROPHY is awarded for a different regatta or
achievement. In 2016 it has been presented by the Cruising Committee to Janey
Topping off this remarkable evening of sailing plaudits attracting well-deserved
applause, was the presentation of the Champion of Champions Trophy.
The title 'CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS' and its associated prize has been awarded for
the past four years to the owner/ skipper of the boat scoring the highest points
across the four Summer Series regattas. Through the Club's well-established
partnership with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., this year has seen the
addition of a beautiful new Champion of Champions Trophy being added to the mix
of prizes awarded.
Oh, we're going to Barbados! Marc McCollin presents The Champion of Champions
Trophy to Mike and Seb Blair and members of the crew of Cobra.
This year the title and the prize has been awarded to Michael and Sebastian
Blair, campaigning Cobra, their King 40, with a young and talented crew. The new
Champion of Champions Trophy was presented by Marc McCollin, Senior Business
Development Officer, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., who said how happy he was
to be representing Barbados Tourism and ensuring the continuing support for the
Royal Southern YC partnership, now in its fifth year.
Marc then went on to
confirm some of the Island delights that await the winners. These include a
week-long holiday for two in Barbados in January, with free flights and superior
accommodation and the opportunity to take part in the Barbados Week sailing
events, the highlight being the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.
Finally, with special thanks paid to everyone for their contributions to such a
successful year, including the Volunteers, the Mark Layers, Protest Committee
members, owners providing their boats and RIBs and the Club's sponsors, the
evening came to a close and many retired to the Upper Bar to continue the