The three winners of Cowes Sailability Club’s Achievement Awards 2017 were announced during the annual Laying-up Supper and praised for helping to make the club a success.

Vera Hancock Cup

June Hampton

Tony Thomas Trophy

Jack Gray

Philippe Wines Cup

Colin Turner

As is traditional, Cowes Sailability Club used the occasion of its Laying-up Supper to announce the 2017 winners of its three Achievement Awards.  Presented annually, these trophies recognise the dedication, enthusiasm and accomplishments of both volunteers and members.

The Vera Hancock Cup for land-based volunteering 2017 was presented to June Hampton who rarely misses a Monday afternoon session, despite having to take two buses in both directions to get to and from Cowes each week.  She is very a welcoming and friendly member of the shore-side team who has made hundreds of cups of tea for members and volunteers this season alone.

The club’s bosun Colin Turner was named as the worthy winner of the Philippe Wines Cup for on-the-water volunteering 2017.  He plays an invaluable role at Cowes Sailability Club, ensuring that the club’s small fleet of boats is well maintained and fit for use, as well as crewing and helming trips for members.

The deserving recipient of the Tony Thomas Trophy for on-the-water achievement 2017 is Jack Gray, who has attended the club regularly all season and seized every opportunity to learn new sailing and boating skills.  “I was really surprised to get a trophy,” Jack says.  “It’s amazing that someone has been watching what I’ve been doing and thought I deserved an award.  I really enjoy helming now on both Windhover and Dougal.”

“Jack, June and Colin have all demonstrated outstanding commitment to Cowes Sailability Club this year,” says Patrick de Peyer, the club’s Commodore.  “Jack has arrived every session with a big smile and keenness to learn, while Judy and Colin have been exceptionally reliable and invaluable as volunteers.  It is people like them that make Cowes Sailability Club the success that it is.”

Biggest Mistake Award
Patrick de Peyer

Amid much hilarity at the Laying-up Supper, a fourth trophy was presented to Patrick de Peyer for the biggest ‘mistake’ of the season.  He earned this somewhat humiliating accolade for allowing a rope to get entangled around Dougal’s propeller, but accepted the award from club secretary Barry Myland with good grace and plenty of humour.

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