Sailing club hosts annual dinner and prizegiving

Award winners, including Ed Stubbs and Ariana Finn (front centre), Natasha Dower (front second from left), Cameron Moss (front fourth from left), Simon Law (front third from right), and Chris Joyner (front right)

LYME Regis Sailing Club commodore Jerry Rook, accompanied by his wife Pauline, welcomed 80 club members to their annual dinner and prizegiving on Saturday night. 

The event was held at Lyme Regis Golf Club, where guests included dinghy and cruiser sailors, with a large contingent of youth members.

MC Rear Commodore Alan Cottis took charge of proceedings with speeches and presentations following the dinner and toasts.

The commodore spoke of a successful season which saw good turn outs on the water. He thanked all who had made great efforts to support and contribute to their club.

Trophies were announced by Rob Walker, sailing secretary for cruising, and Cameron Moss, sailing secretary for racing.

Youth members attending received their trophies again, having recently held their own prizegiving evening on Bonfire Night. These included Ariana Finn, Simon Law, Jack Young and Natasha Dower. Youngest of the winners was Ed Stubbs. who has recently won a place in the SW Optimist race training squad.

While most trophies were contested competitively, some were awarded specially by the commodore or sailing secretaries. Awards included the John Lee trophy for making the longest cruise, this year awarded to Chris Joyner, the Alan Pugh for enjoyment of cruising and the Holman Trophy for race management, given to Andy Robinson.

The Clanger went to Fraser Earle and Katie Frost and the Capsize Bucket to Colin Walters and Simon Law, both accompanied by amusing anecdotes.

The coveted Sportsman’s Trophy was awarded to Tony Fastnedge for his consistent contributions of technical expertise and seamanship to the club’s major championship events.

Presentations of flowers were made by vice commodore Dave Stubbs to Suzanne James, Fern Cottis, Jo Law and Sally Holman.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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