Wakatere club prizegiving drew a big crowd for 2023, How great to be celebrating at full strength after the last few years.
Sailors and volunteers were acknowledged from all areas of the club with special thanks this year to our 2023 Opti Nats team - what an achievement and a half that was!
Sunday afternoon racing and junior coaching achievements were rewarded with trophies, certificates and applause.
Guest speaker Nathan Outteridge fielded some great questions from the room, relived a few past mistakes with a laugh or two along the way and explained how what we experience in everyday dinghy sailing relates to sailing an AC75 - technology vs "the feel". Hopefully a few junior and youth sailors in the room will be spurred on.
Congratulations to our Prestige Prize winners for the 2022/2023 season -
Sportsmanship Waterwise Cup, junior sportsmanship -Will Mason
Keith Chapman Memorial Trophy, junior perseverance, commitment - Lucas Kandziora
Hughes Trophy, most guns in season points - Derek Snow
Top Junior Female Cup - Vivienne Gubani
Mabee Cup, meritorious junior male - Will Mason
Hayman Rosebowl, most helpful senior member - Matthew 'Shifty' Caldwell
George Gair Family Cup, family that reflects, inspires Wakatere values - Noyer Family
Wakatere Paddle, top female sailor - Tessa Clinton & Nicola Hume
Yachtsman(person) of the Year, most meritorious skipper - Josh Armit
John Brooke Memorial Trophy, internationalrepresentation - Logan Dunning Beck
WBC Commodore Award, outstanding member achievement - David Craddock
Many thanks to Commodore Julia Faire, Amanda Michel, Lydia Grasberger and everyone else who helped pull the evening together.
Some of the Prestige prize winners are pictured below -
Image 1: Matthew 'Shifty' Caldwell, Will Mason, Lucas Kandziora, Tessa Clinton, with guest speaker Nathan Outterridge
Image 2: Dave Craddock, Grant Beck in Logan's absence, Derek Snow, Josh Armit (currently overseas and not photographed) with Nathan Outteridge and Julia Faire.
More photos on our facebook page