The three winners of Cowes Sailability Club’s annual awards are named and praised for their contributions and accomplishments on and off the water during 2016.
Commodore Patrick de Peyer presenting a trophy to Martin Whitehead
Commodore Patrick de Peyer presenting the cup to Judy Wyatt
Carole de Peyer and Jane Griffin with a bottle of bubbly, kindly donated by Sainsbury’s in Cowes for the Laying Up Supper raffle
Cowes Sailability Club has announced the 2016 winners of its three trophies, which are presented annually to recognise the commitment, enthusiasm and achievements of both volunteers and disabled members.
The Philippe Wines Cup for on-the-water volunteering 2016 was presented to Martin Whitehead, who joined the club as a new member this year and made an immediate and significant contribution to water-based activities.  As an enthusiastic and highly capable crew member, he helped passengers with disabilities to feel sale and have fun.
Judy Wyatt received the Vera Hancock Cup for land-based volunteering 2016 and was a very worthy winner of this award.  Whether she is making cups of tea at club sessions, manning the club’s stand at country fairs or handing out life jackets during Cowes Week, Judy is a friendly, welcoming and invaluable member of the team.
The inspiring winner of the Tony Thomas Trophy for on-the-water achievement 2016 is Danielle Burgess, who has overcome the challenges of blindness to grow in confidence on the water.  She is a shining example of what people with all kinds of disabilities can accomplish as members of Cowes Sailability Club.
“Danielle, Martin and Judy are all very commendable winners of the Cowes Sailability Club awards for 2016,” says Patrick de Peyer, the club’s Commodore.  “Their commitment to doing the very best they can do and going the extra mile to help others is what helps to make Cowes Sailability special.”

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