Hillarys Yacht Club held their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, August 1st, to receive reports from the officers and acknowledge significant achievements for season 2020-21. Amongst the highlights, three members were honoured for their outstanding skills and contribution to the club.
Maxime Goudeau was recognized as Junior Sportsperson of the Year. Goudeau started sailing at HYC five years ago, graduating from the Optimist class to Lasers and then moving to the club keelboat, HYC Training. Such was his development as a sailor; he began sailing on an offshore racer Lithium under the tutelage of skipper Wayne Pitcher. Onboard Lithium, he sailed in the Pot of Gold around Rottnest, the Bunbury and Cape Naturaliste and return races as the youngest ever competitor.
Owner and skipper of Lithium, Wayne Pitcher, was named Senior Sportsperson of the Year for a highly successful offshore campaign this season culminating in the long-awaited race from Fremantle to Exmouth. Competing against the cream of WA’s offshore racers in a fleet of twenty-two, Lithium snared two podium finishes in two of the rating systems: ORCi and PHR, and fourth on another, IRC. Locally, Lithium won the HYC IRC Ocean Series.
John Bird was recognised as Club Person of the Year for his contribution as a photo-journalist for the Keelboat division and the club magazine Compass. His contribution for the past eight years as Keel media officer has seen as many as 25 regular race reports published in the local community newspapers each season, together with one of the many photos he takes whilst racing on the day. His eagle eye and skill developed vetting school reports now assists in ensuring the accuracy and integrity of club communications.
Hillarys Yacht Club received a bouquet from Australian Sailing recently when ranked first for participation as a Discover Sailing Centre, first in Dinghy, second in Keelboat and sixth in Out There Sailing. These outstanding results reflect the hard work and coordination by Aquatics Manager Chris Kelly and the team of coaches and volunteers. With learn to sail programs starting with the Tackers, youngsters have a pathway to Optimists and Lasers and potentially keelboats, perhaps one day competing offshore like Goudeau and Pitcher or even at the Olympics.