Cowes Sailability Club announced the winners of its annual awards during its Laying-up Supper and praised both members and volunteers for their exceptional achievements.

Vera Hancock Cup

Trish Rooke

Tony Thomas Trophy

Wendy Todd & Simon O’Connor

Philippe Wines Cup

Robin Lennox

Cowes Sailability Club’s Laying-up Supper provided the ideal occasion for announcing the winners of the club’s 2018 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 2018 was presented to Trish Rooke, the club’s Fundraising Officer.  In the last twelve months, she has single-handedly raised over £12,900 for Cowes Sailability Club, through a series of successful grant applications. 

Robin Lennox was named as the worthy winner of the Philippe Wines Cup for on-the-water volunteering 2018.  Throughout the 2018 season, he has helmed and crewed Cowes Sailability Club’s patrol boat and played a key role in helping to ensure the safety of members and volunteers on the water.

For the first time in the club’s history, the Tony Thomas Trophy for on-the-water achievement was awarded jointly to two members with disabilities: Wendy Todd and Simon O’Connor.  Both Wendy and Simon have grown in confidence this year and seized every opportunity to try new boating and sailing experiences.

“It is always hard to pick our annual award winners, because every year there are a large number of volunteers and members who deserve to be singled out for their commitment to the club and personal achievements on and off the water,” says Patrick de Peyer, Cowes Sailability Club’s Commodore.  “This year was no exception, but Trish, Robin, Wendy and Simon stood out for their enthusiasm and dedication.”

At the close of the evening, Cowes Sailability Club’s ‘booby prize’ was awarded to Barry Myland for over-stating his helming abilities during Cowes Week. Patrick was very happy to hand over the trophy to Barry, having received it himself last year. 

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