The David Lukins Regatta was run over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of September 2017. This was the ninth running of the event since its inception in 2009 to commemorate the memory of David Lukins, a much valued member, coach, volunteer and mate. This regatta has a strong connection with the clubs Youth Development (YD) program, as David volunteered countless hours helping shape the lives of many of our participants.
This event has attracted some of RPAYC’s best sailors, battling to get their name on the beautiful David Lukins Memorial Trophy.
Just looking at the names on the trophy of previous winning skippers and crew, you get an appreciation of the calibre of the event as you identify Olympic and World Champions. At a quick glance there are:
4 x Silver Medallists
2 x Women’s Match Racing World Champions
2 x Youth Match Racing World Champions
1 x Moth World Champion
3 x Volvo Round The World Races completed
There are many further accolades and achievements for past winning skippers and crew, so much so, it would require several more pages to try and detail!
This year saw 10 teams compete for the coveted title. 6 skippers out of the 10 teams were past graduates of the Youth Development Squad, some ranging back to our inaugural programs. 3 teams competing were from the current Youth Development Squad ,and the final team was skippered by the current Platu 25 Silver Medallist & long time supporter of our sailors, Chris Way.
For the finals it was a case of the Master v Apprentice. Tom Spithill our current coach of the Youth Development program (as well as a past graduate) fighting it out for the win against Clare Costanzo & her Fusion Racing Team who are current sailors in the Youth Development Squad. Tom Spithill and his team emerging the victors after a very good fight.
The teams all assembled back at the Alfred’s for the prize giving, where David’s parents Warwick and Marg attended to assist with the prizes.
A clearly estatic and emotial Spithill was quick to praise David Lukins in his speech. “This has been some of the most enjoyable sailing I have done. This win, personally means a great deal to both Andy, Amy and myself. Dave was a huge influence in our lives both on and off the water, and to now have our names on a trophy in David’s name is one of the greatest honors”
Tom went on to comment post prize giving that “This regatta has a way of bringing sailing friends together, and I am not just talking competitors, all the volunteers, such as the race committee, markboat and umpires, all roles that David loved doing".