Yacht club members celebrate a successful season of racing

Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club prize winners
Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club prize winners

Prizegiving for the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club’s 2014 season’s trophies took place in the clubhouse and was a well- attended event, preceded by a dinner in the club’s splendid dining room.

Some of the Royal Yorkshire’s magnificent trophies date back more than 100 years and these have been enhanced by more recent ones presented by past and present members.

In all, 59 trophies were enthusiastically competed for during the season and awarded by the Commodore Steve Stanton and flag officers on the night.

The large majority of the trophies were divided between the four keelboat classes racing from Bridlington, with Endeavour, Starchick and Aquaholic sharing the spoils in the PY Cruiser class.

The National Squib class saw Perkers and Ghost take home all but two of the prizes in their class and it was a similar tale in the Yorkshire One Design where Mona collected five and Blackie four of the class trophies, with Iolanthe claiming two.

In the Contessa 26 class Tessador won six trophies with True Blue and Contessa Juliet each accounting for three.

Five of the contestants already mentioned above took the honours in the Overall Handicap series raced throughout the season and the Chaos Shield accolade for the most first places overall was won by Perkers.

While the boats, and their skippers and crew receive the class nominations for the trophies, individual recognition is accorded in respect of four special trophies.

The Philip Wright Tray: Awarded for Outstanding Achievement went to RYYC club member Oliver Cotterell who secured a remarkable third place overall as skipper of One DLL in last year’s gruelling Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The Armstrong Tray: Awarded to Club Member of the Year Crispin Blyth

The Sheriff Loft Cup: Awarded to the Oldest Helm to win a Race went to Derek Higgins

The 1865 Alexandra Cup: Awarded by the Trustees of the Club, this year was given to Harry Pickering as the RYYC Cadet of 15 years or younger who took part in the greatest number of keelboat races during the season.