Gunfleet Celebrates The 2019 Sailing Season

Gunfleet Sailing Club members gathered in force at the Kingscliff Hotel, Holland on Sea on Saturday 26 October, to celebrate the 2019 sailing season at their annual Laying-Up Dinner and Prize Giving.  Club Commodore Richard Walker explained it had been a special year for him as he had complete 25 years in the role, and looked back at how things had changed over the 50 plus years he had been a member.  Moving up to date and focusing specifically on 2019, once again there had been some key highlights such as the Gunfleet Regatta, sponsored by Discount Windows and Conservatories of Clacton, and the ever popular Cadet Week, sponsored by Orsted Energy.  It was only due to the enthusiasm and support of the members that events such as these could be run. 

The Club’s Rear Commodore, Helen Swinbourne, then presented the following trophies, awarded for winning the Gunfleet’s races, merit, and services to the Club:

March Hare                             Ken Potts        
Spring Series                          Ken Potts
Toppo Single Helm                 John Tappenden
Cadet Single Helm                 Michael Gutteridge
Wallet Trophy                         Andy Cornforth
Gunfleet Chase                      Andy Dunnett
Jubilee Trophy                       Yvonne Gough
RNLI Charity Trophy              Peter Downer
Tee Dee Challenge Trophy    Ken Potts
Potterer’s Pot                         Rob Lockett
Ken Potts’ Pot                        John Tappenden
Bill Clarke Shield                   Paul Stanton
Hertford County Shield          Ken Potts
Topper Splash Trophy           Harrison Smith
Topaz Splash Trophy            Owen Hooper & Fran Cottee
London Trophy                      Ken Potts
Double Dan                           Paul Stanton
Jim Suckling Shield               Ken Potts
Summer Series                     Ken Potts
Cat & Mouse Trophy             Harrison Smith
Tony Chadd Trophy               Ken Potts
Class Points:    Laser            Ken Potts
                         405               Ed Philpot & Henry Spooner
                         Comet           Peter Downer
                         Topaz           Owen Hooper & Fran Cottee
                         Topper          Harrison Smith
Bill Geddes Trophy               John Tappenden
Double “G” Trophy                Harrison Smith
Bob Agate Trophy                 Jude Aylen
SOS Trophy                          Ed Philpot & Henry Spooner
Spirit of the Wind                  Michael Gutteridge
Autumn Series                      Andy Dunnett
Winter Series                        Ken Potts
Tarrant Trophy                      Eddie White
Senior Leading Helm            Ken Potts
Junior Leading Helm            Michael Gutteridge
Terry Baker Cheers Trophy  Clare Giles
Stan Camp Progress Cup    George Smith
Junior Merit Trophy              Harrison Smith
Cissbury Merit Trophy          Alfie Searles
Stein Ladies’ Merit Trophy   Shelley Smith
Gentlemen’s Merit Trophy    Malcolm Jolly