An evening of fun and recognition
2023 season winds up with a ‘good bash’
100 members and their guests enjoyed a 3 course dinner, plenty of wine, crazy dancing and of course, wonderful company at The Victory Services Club a couple of weeks back.
Commodore Tim Blackstone welcomed everyone and presented an overview of a challenging year on the water – due largely to incessantly strong winds since early July and of course a somewhat full-on Fastnet Race. The toll on Lutine has been not inconsiderable but nothing that can’t be sorted over the winter months.
Tim reported that the Club is in robust financial health with record corporate charter income and over 95% of Club Weekend spaces being filled. All augurs well for a packed 2024…
Rear Commodore Sailing, Neil Armstrong, presented the season’s awards…
Nab Tower Trophy – Mike Pulfer/Gordon Breslin & crew – 19 August
Lineslip Overall – Toby Gorman
Classic Challenge (Round the cans) – James Close & crew – 13 August
Finn Trophy (Fastest LLYC boat) – Toby Gorman
Haven Knox-Johnson Cup (RTI challenge) – Darren Powell
Lutine Bell Race – 1st – Lutine (James Close) / 2nd – Sky (Spencer Wicks)
The Tumbler (Best kept log) – Christopher Bailey (Fastnet Race)
Street Trophy (Outstanding contribution to the Club) – Viv Russell
2007 Trophy (Fastest LLYC boat in Fastnet Race) – Ugly Ducking – George Beevor
Fastnet Trophy (skipper award) – Stephen Hill (with nominations for Tom Seaman and James Brady)
A new individual recognition, The Admirals’ Seamanship Award, has been very kindly suggested and donated by former Commodores Don Moreton and Tom Bailey, to be presented annually with the recipient keeping the tankard. It specifically acknowledges the greatest accolade in any yacht club, leadership and initiative at sea, in our case offshore. The bar has been set high this year with the inaugural award going to James Close for his leadership throughout this year’s Fastnet Race – which demanded challenging decision-making right from the start to keep both the crew and Lutine safe all the way to the finish line. All of which was conducted whilst suffering a heavy chest cold throughout.
The party carried on until the early hours…