Congratulations to our SSCBC finalists and award recipients!
SSCBC is proud to have had so many finalists in the Australian Sailing Victoria Awards on Friday night, clearly illustrating the depth of talent and skill of our Members and staff across so many fields at the Club.
Kerry McNamara and Anne Heal were recognised in the Volunteers category for the dedicated work they perform in the Tower, keeping a watch over racing with Fred, scoring the results and updating handicap tweaks in Top Yacht.
Kate Hannah was recognised for her exceptional skills and inclusive style as a Sailing Instructor. Both here and at the Boatshed for Australian Sailing, Kate has been a consistent standout, universally admired and respected by her sailors, their parents and all of her peer instructors. Kate is always focused on the team and has been instrumental in the development and support of newer instructors as well, her mentoring has been of immense benefit to instructors and the development of the Training Centre’s total skill level.
Members George Aulich, Casey Imeneo, Lachy Dare and Charlie Dixon were all awarded trophies for their success in the Victorian Sailing Cup.
Tom Trotman was awarded the Victorian Male Sailor of the Year trophy for his sailing results including European WASZP Champion, Australian WASZP Champion, 2nd at the WASZP Games (Worlds), Lightweight Sharpie State Champion, 2nd at the Victorian Team Racing Championships and the Victorian 2K Universities Championships and an Australian Team Member at the Global Team Race Regatta in Newport Rhode Island.
Peter Osbourne won the Race Official of the Year category for his outstanding contributions and success as Race Officer, both here with the Couta Boats and Dinghy Nationals and States as well as away from the Club as a Course leader at Sail Melbourne and the George Mac Regatta.
Ben Fels received the Sport Professional Award, recognising his outstanding development of School Team Sailing in Victoria, the success of the SSCBC sailing season and his roles at 12 International and interstate regattas over the last 12 months from World Championships, Olympic Qualifying events to Chief Umpire at the Invictus Games. Ben was further recognised for his development of other officials and that in addition to being a World Sailing Judge, he is the only Victorian that has ever qualified as an International Umpire.
I am sure all at SSCBC would like to congratulate finalists and Award winners and thank them for their ongoing efforts.
Scott Llewelyn, Club Captain.