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May 23, 2021

Keel Presentation Dinner 2021

One hundred and twenty sailors, family and friends gathered for the annual Presentation Dinner in the Harbour Room of Hillarys Yacht Club to celebrate their 2020-21 season on May 22.
Winner of the Overall Consistency trophy for division two, Covert Operation sailed by Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson and crew, returned to the stage to receive the overall Club Champion award for the third time in five years. In division one, last year’s Club Champion Perle once again won the Overall Consistency award and just as Covert Operation had done, won the Ocean Series and Mini Series.
In division three Tosca, sailed by Stuart Marks and newly elected Keel Captain Leigh Collins, pipped Salamander (John Swift) and Stelfred (Laraine Brindle) for the Overall Consistency award. Salamander had more seconds and thirds than any other boat and Stelfred was named Most Improved for the season.
Other winners included Deckchairs Overboard (Neil and Wendy Harrison) for the Summer Consistency and IRC Summer Series and Rottnest trophies in division one. Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) had another stellar season winning the Summer Consistency Series, Viking Cup and Fairway trophy in division two.
Wayne Pitcher who successfully sailed Lithium in the 700 NM race from Fremantle to Exmouth a week ago, returned in time to collect the IRC Championship Trophy.
After all the nominations for Crew Person of the Year were collected and considered against set criteria the winner was Phillipe Goudeau from Show Me, skippered by Tim Tucker.
Sue Osborne and Deborah Fisk reported on the successful HYC ladies’ team who campaigned in the State Women’s Keelboat Championship thanking supporters and sponsors and especially coach and mentor Ian Conboy.
It was a gala night and a first for the new chef Michael Vaughan and functions manager Bianca Reuben who with the hospitality staff delivered sumptuous meals on time and without a fuss so that evening ran smoothly. A big thank you to all the volunteers behind the scenes who compiled results (Greg), prepared trophies (Clem), ran the slideshows (Graham), printed the program (Gary), organised the menu, table decorations and the band (Sue), brought up the dinghies (Tim et al), and the photographer whose hundreds of photos brought back memories of a wonderful season of sailing.
As a gesture of thanks and appreciation newly elected Keel Captain Leigh Collins presented outgoing captain Marshall Fox with a card signed by many and a gift for a job well done for the past three years.

John Bird

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