Over 60 members gathered at the club for the annual prize giving to celebrate the success of our sailors, paddlers and volunteers from the 2017/2018 season.
Commodore Matt Woodley opened the evening congratulating all members on their results both on and off the water, and provided an update on what’s to come for the club.
“What we have managed to achieve during our time at the Auckland Sailing Club is fantastic, so it’s exciting to comprehend what we will achieve in the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre!” said Woodley.
General Manger Andrew Brookland was equally excited to talk about the building, announcing that Lotteries had granted the Akarana Marine Sports Charitable Trust $1.5 million towards the project.
“As you can imagine, were were thrilled to receive this news and it puts us one step closer to opening the world class marine sports facility that we can see emerging before our eyes,” said Brookland.
Kicking off the prize giving competent of the evening was John Cooper, representative for the paddlers on the General Committee. Cooper talked about the success of the paddlers including the announcement of Andrew Mowlem being ranked 8th in the world.
“Our paddlers have had great achievements this past season competing in all the major events around the world,” said Cooper.
Sailing Committee Chairman Nick Hanson led the charge for the sailing awards which included prizes for the M-Class, Flying 15, 12′ Skiffs, 18′ Skiffs and Mixed Fleets.
The major award winners on the night were Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins, who were awarded Yachtsman of the Year for their outstanding win at the 2018 JJ Giltianan Championship. Sailing the 18′ Skiff Honda Marine, the team were the first Kiwi boat to win the world championship event in 44 years.
Brad Collins, bowman for the team acknowledged the support they received both at home and in Sydney for the regatta.
“To know that we had everyone cheering us on made us work that much harder,” said Collins. “It was overwhelming to know of the support we have received, and we are training hard to try and win in again in 2019.”
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Harry Butler
Junior Sailors of the Year – Eli Liefting and Jack Frewin
Club Sailor of the Year – Neil Easton
Volunteer of the Year – Paul Vahry
Offshore Sailor of the Year – Brian Kent
International Sailor(s) of the Year – Honda Marine, Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins
Yachtsman of the Year – Honda Marine, Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven, Brad Collins