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RPAYC winners at the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards

Australian Sailing Awards 2019

18-10-19

What a night for Sailing, with a full house at the Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards night commenced with a spectacular video display of just some of the great sporting highlights from Australian athletes, coaches, club and volunteers across all fields of the sport at home and abroad.

This year’s awards featured two new categories, with the SheSails Award set to reward those who have driven female participation in the sport and the Sustainability Award recognising the clubs, classes, associations or individuals who have contributed to a more sustainable sailing industry.

The evening again saw a fantastic representation from the Club with multiple nominees including Jason Waterhouse in Male Sailor of the Year, Richard Slater in Official of the Year and Stacey Jackson on behalf of Ocean Respect Racing nominated in the Sustainability Award category and the Club for the Invictus Games – Sports Promotion with the addition of truly honorable lifetime achievement award.

The evening also saw the third year of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame announcement, all of which are displayed with honour at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

A common theme of the night was the growing strength of sailing in Australia and the many factors that go into contribute to the participation and enjoyment of the sport. Determination, opportunities, family, inclusion and fun, all shown through from the various winners and speakers on the night.

The Club did extremely well with the following Members winning there nominated categories.

Sustainability Award – Stacey Jackson & Team of Ocean Respect Racing

Official of the Year – Richard Slater

Lifetime Achievement Award – John McConaghy

Congratulations to our winners and nominees who have all shown their passion for sailing.

The full list of finalist and winners is noted below.  

2019 Australian Sailing Awards Finalists

Male Sailor of the Year

Mat Belcher OAM and Will Ryan (Winners)
Jason Waterhouse
Matthew Wearn


Female Sailor of the Year

Lisa Darmanin
Jessica Grimes
Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries (Winners)


Sailor of the Year with a disability

Matthew Bugg
Chris Symonds (Winners)
Alison Weatherly


Youth Sailor of the Year

Will Cooley and Bec Hancock (Winner)
Archie Cropley and Max Paul
Zac Littlewood        

Offshore Sailor of the Year

Matt Allen AM (Winner)
Jade Cole
Phillip Turner


Sport Promotion Award

Adrian Bram
Invictus Games - Sailing Regatta
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (Winner)

Sports Professional Award

Debbie Blaauw (Winner)
Ben Fels
Ella Sagnol


Sustainability Award

Ocean Respect Racing (Winners)
The George Mac Regatta
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria


SheSails Award

Jan Howard and Mary Holley (Winners)
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club
Wendy Wilson


Volunteer Award

Peter Merritt (Winners)
Scott Ragg
Daryl Skinner


Club of the Year

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (Winner)
Royal Brighton Yacht Club
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club


Official of the Year

Geoff Brown
Paul Effeney
Richard Slater (Winners)


Coach of the Year

Michael Blackburn (Winner)
Victor Kovalenko OAM
Ben Walkemeyer


Instructor of the Year

Diane Kelsey
Emma Morris
Brett Yardley (Winner)

 

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About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.