The Awards dinner in aid of Cobble Sails saw a great evening, with around 90 club members enjoying an excellent meal at the Nottinghamshire Country Club near Cotgrave on 23rd feb 2019.
At the dinner a tremendous £328.15 was raised on the night thanks to club members generosity (plus Vat from evening), which means we can keep the boats going for another 20 years or so (we think that’s how long the sails have lasted, and they are a great boat for Chernobyl, the summer winers and for junior courses if its blowing to hard for toppers etc.)
Thanks to Tim Cripps for some great photos of the evening, with lots of smiling faces. Unfortunately no one took a photo of Tim who also won a trophy.
A synopsis of Adrian Jones, the Commodore’s speech: He started by observing how we had returned to Nottinghamshire Golf Course and Country Club and thanked them and the staff for another wonderful meal. He also commented that the University and been busy team racing again that day so a certain symmetry continues. He then thanked all those who had made the evening a success yet again but particularly Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith, Jo Ritchie, Philippa Logan and Viv Weston. He made special thanks to Gill Threokritoff for all the Junior Scrolls and John Marshall for all the handwritten place-settings. He then asked members to remember and toast those members and friends who are no longer with us.
He then reflected on what a great year it had been for the club. It started last March with the award of the RYA Club of the Year. An award that was based on the huge diversity of helpers and members we have from all ages and backgrounds. He then reflected on the successful HANSA national event last summer when the club really pulled together to welcome sailors with disability from all over the country. He then reminded members of the huge amount of sailing and training that goes on throughout the year.
However, he reminded the club that we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, and he highlighted the fact that the club needs to keep moving forward and he highlighted that we can always use more volunteers. Indeed, Push the Boat Out, our open day, returns on the 11th May and it would be good to get as many volunteers and guests down on that day as we can. Finally, he highlighted the success of many of our young sailors, many of whom were down in Weymouth for National Training and couldn’t be with us on the night. However, he was particularly pleased that this activity had in part resulted in the Club being awarded Recognition as a British Youth Sailing Club. The speech finished with a reminder that it was our treasurer Ross Ryan’s birthday and closed with a birthday cake (his favourite coffee and walnut) and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Special mention to our Endeavour trophy winners which are awarded by the sailing committee for dedication, improvement and overall contribution to sailing and the club:
The Jack North Trophy for Windsurfing, Duncan Monaghan,
The Starboard Trophy for Junior and Youth Sailing, William Thomas
The George Boote Trophy, Phil Dyne
Congratulations to them and everyone who won.
The winners are in the Annual Yearbook which will be at the club next weekend (or before).
Below are Tim’s photos: