Gunfleet Celebrates The 2018 Season In Style

Gunfleet Sailing Club celebrated the end of the 2018 sailing season last Saturday with its Laying-Up Dinner and Dance at Clacton on Sea Golf Club.  Club Commodore Richard Walker welcomed everyone and looked back at another very successful year for the Club, with its mix of racing and cruising, including the Comet Class Association Championship, the two-day Gunfleet Regatta, sponsored by Discount Windows and Conservatories of Clacton, and the Gunfleet Cadet Week, sponsored by Orsted Energy.  The Club’s Cadet and Otter sail training had also proved very popular.

The evening continued with much entertainment including "Heads & Tails", picking out the Committee's baby photos,and Gunfleet Picture Bingo, but the highlight was the Cadet Commodore Harry Swinbourne, and Cadet Vice-Commodore Tom Philpot producing a spectacular floor display that got everyone on the dance floor.  

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

March Hare:                            Andy Dunnett        
Spring Series:                         Andy Dunnett
Toppo Single Helm:                Andy Dunnett
Cadet Single Helm:                Harry Swinbourne
Wallet Trophy:                        Paul Stanton
Gunfleet Chase:                     Ken Potts
Jubilee Trophy:                       Ken Potts
RNLI Charity Shield:              John Tappenden
Tee Dee Challenge Trophy:   Ken Potts
Potterer’s Pot:                        Andy Cornforth
Ken Potts’ Pot:                       John Tappenden
Austin Ladies Trophy:            Amy Hart
Bill Clarke Shield:                  John Tappenden
Hertford County Shield:         John Tappenden
London Trophy:                     John Tappenden
Jim Suckling Shield:              Peter Downer
Summer Series:                    John Tappenden
Tony Chadd Trophy:             John Tappenden
Class Points:    Laser:           Ken Potts
                         405:              Ed Philpot & Henry Spooner
                         GP14:           Michael Gutteridge & Derroll Pedder
                         Comet:          Peter Downer
                         Topper:          Harry Swinbourne
Bill Geddes Trophy:               Ken Potts
Double “G” Trophy:                Harrison Smith
Bob Agate Trophy:                 Thomas Aiken
SOS Trophy:                          Ed Philpot & Henry Spooner
Long John Silver Shield:        Tom Philpot
Spirit of the Wind:                   Harrison Smith
Fleet Championships:             Andy Dunnett
Autumn Series:                       Ken Potts
Tarrant Trophy:                       Yvonne Gough
Senior Leading Helm:             John Tappenden
Junior Leading Helm:             Harry Swinbourne
Terry Baker “Cheers” Trophy: Jessica McLean-Wright
Stan Camp Progress Cup:     Harrison Smith
Junior Merit Trophy:               Alfie Searles
Cissbury Merit Trophy:          Thomas Aiken
Stein Ladies’ Merit Trophy:    Claire Aylen
Gentlemen’s Merit Trophy:    John Robertson

Special mention was made of Claire Aylen who had, for the last two years, run the Cadet and Otter section, and also of John Robertson who had loyally run the Gunfleet’s Rescue Boat throughout the season.