Otter Brass Monkey and End of Season Prize Giving 9 Nov 2019
The Corinthian Otters marked the final day of their official 2019 sailing season with the traditional Brass Monkey Race. Fittingly the temperature was freezing although the sun continued to shine brightly throughout the morning once the early morning mist had cleared. The river looked truly beautiful, but a distinct lack of wind meant for some frustration on the race course!
As the Laser and RS200 sailors were neatly combining their Brass Monkey racing with the first in the RCYC Snow Globe series it was an Optimist only group that fought it out for the top spot in front of the club house. With the fleet questioning Chairman Justin as to whether it might be better for them to go swimming rather than sailing when the racing finally got underway it was River 1 sailor, Sammy, who managed to nail the start. Sailing around the other 11 Oppies to reach the first mark he hold onto a 2ndposition at the finish narrowly missing 1stby the smallest of margins to Race fleet sailor Ralph. With the racing completed Justin finally answered the question and the Oppie group went swimming off the pontoon!!!
Meanwhile the Snow Globe fleet went up river in search of the wind. The first race was to prove a waiting game with the Otter Commodore, Tom Rands, commenting that he spent most of the time attempting not to move in order to avoid disturbing the boat. For the second race the wind filled in slightly leading to some close and competitive racing. Heading back in from the racing Tom realised he had to disqualify himself from the Brass Monkey results by having sailed with a non Otter crew magnanimously handed over the trophy to the first placed all Otter crew of Milly and James later that night.
A special mention for the Brass Monkey Race Officer, our very own Paul Drew, who was a star as, after correctly abandoning the first race, he waited for the wind to fill in so that a race could be had – a perfect length and, despite the wind switching 180 degrees the running start and the beat in the middle, was a classic Burnham Race!
With the fleets retiring to the clubhouse for a quick spot of lunch it was then off home to prepare for the glorious Prize Giving Dinner – a sell out with 116 seated and yet more guests crowding in for the trophy presentations that followed.
Having given the traditional end of season round up speech the Otter Commodore and Flag Officers set about the business of presenting the awards and trophies – and there was a lot to get through!! Starting with the Pond Group and moving all the way up to the Laser and RS200 fleets it was superb to see so many children get recognised, not just for their sailing prowess but also for their courage and spirit – a trait the Otters are hugely proud of!
Clearly 2019 has been a hugely successful year with a number of Otters winning places at the various racing squads and there was a huge well done to all of them for their hard work and perseverance for making it so far. All our National and Zone Squad Otters are listed below.
The Otters owe a huge thanks for the support and dedication they receive from the members of the Otter Management Committee, Trainers, helpers and parents throughout the year. Chairman Justin had a special mention for three long standing members of the Otter Management Committee who step down from their duties at the end of this year – Kate Rands, our Membership Secretary and Otter Week Co-ordinator, Steve Rands our Bosun, and Matthew Barr, our long serving Cadet Captain. All three have given huge amounts of their time and energy to the Otters over the years and will be sorely missed.
The final award of the evening, a very special one, caught the Commodore by surprise when he was presented with the Black Otter Medal for his loyalty, service and dedication to the Corinthian Otters. Tom, affectionately known as Tommodore, was clearly delighted to receive the prestigious award.
With the finally thank you made and the last of the trophies awarded there was only one thing left to do – get down to the disco! And there we partied on late into the evening before the traditional final song of Wonderwall rang out when, upon the shoulders of their peers, the helm was passed from Tom Rands, Otter Commodore 2019, to Martha Waples, Otter Commodore 2020.
Otters receiving National and Zone Squad Places
Phoebe – National Winter Squad 2019/20
Angus – National Winter Squad 2019/20
Felicity – National Winter Squad 2019/20
Harry – Boys Winter Squad 2019/20
Harriet – requalified for Zone Squad 19/20
Nathan – requalified for Zone Squad 19/20
Ralph – requalified for Zone Squad 19/20
Amelia – Zone Squad 19/20
Oppie Regatta Group
George – Zone Squad 19/20
Charlie – Zone Squad 19/20
Joslyn – Zone Squad 19/20
Tom Rands on receiving the Black Otter Medal
It was a real honour to receive the Black Otter medal – it made my final prize giving very special. I have enjoyed every minute of being an Otter, it has taught me so much over the years. From down on the pond all the way up to the Laser fleet and beyond and now as a fully qualified dinghy instructor, it has been a brilliant experience! The Black Otter will always be incredibly special to me and will serve as a reminder of the amazing time I had at this club. Thank you all for making my time as Commodore such incredible fun – hard work but definitely fun!!
Corinthian Otters – 2019 Awards
Pond Group Trophies
|Eton Cup – Endeavour||Matthias Hobday|
|Duncans Otter – Achievement||Thomas Morris|
|Lynns Otter – Achievement||Amy Sheppard|
|Diana Wells Picture – Best In Group||Kai Littaur|
|Wooden Seal||Isla Kennedy|
Optimist River 1 Trophies
|Ollys Cup – Best All Rounder||Eva Kennedy|
|Cahalane Cup – Endeavour||Sebastian Warren|
|Maureens Oscar Trophy – Best In Group||Betsy Luddington|
|Glass – Brass Monkey||Ralph Surguy|
Optimist Regatta Trophies
|Stan Page Trophy – Endeavour||Joseph Bowd|
|Dragons Trophy – Best in Group||Callum Clarke|
|Most Improved – Waterhouse Challenge Cup||Amelia Bowd|
|Glass – All Round Performance||Joe Banks|
|Glass – Corageous||Florence Fisher|
|Glass – Overseas River 2 Sailor||George Cooke|
Optimist Race Group Trophies
|Tilly’s Trophy – Best Newcomer||Amelia Kilgour|
|Impamark Plaque – Most Travelled||Bryce Surguy|
|M & M Trophy – Best in Group||Ollie Mears|
|Matt Lis Trophy – Highest IOCA Rank||Angus Beale|
|RCYC Painting – 1st Place Oppie Brass Monkey||Ralph Surguy|
|Small Clown – 1st Place Oppie Carnival Cup||Ralph Surguy|
Tera Group Trophies
|Quay Cup – 1st Super Saturday||Amelia Hague|
|Topper Tankard – Best All Rounder||Ethan Hague|
|Endeavour Plaque – Most Improved||Max Haynes|
|Glass – Sportmanship/Achievement||Meghan Haynes|
|Corinthian Silver Tankard – Best Helm at Nationals||Ollie Mears|
|Jonis Jug – Best Crew at Nationals||Will Mears|
|Splashdown Trophy – 1st Cadet Super Saturday||Nathan Flynn/Angus Beale|
|Mirror Dinghy Plaque – Best New Helm||Nathan Flynn|
|Black & Silver Plaque – Most Improved Helm||Phoebe Barr|
Feva Group Trophy
|Tankard – 1st Feva Super Saturday||Archie Kemp/Jed Cox|
RS200 Group Trophies
|Cosens Goblet – 1st RS 200 Super Saturday||Tom Rands/Hayley Renshaw|
|Glasses – 2nd RS 200 Super Saturday||Ella Phelps/Freya Hills|
|R&J Trophy – RS 200 1st Carnival Cup||Ella Phelps/Freya Hills|
Mixed Handicap Trophies
|Silver Plate – Carnival Cup 1st Place||Ethan Hague|
|Snaresbrook Cup – 1st Place Brass Monkey||Milly Drew/James Ball|
|Jisspa Tankard – Endeavour||James Ball|
|Crouch Rat – Summer Series 4.7||Milly Drew|
|Bronze/Black Otter – Summer Series Radial||Nick Matthews|
|4.7 Glass Trophy – 2018 Snow Globe||Callum Fraser|
|Radial Glass Trophy – 2018 Snow Globe||Lizzie Rands|
|Reynolds TrophyTankard – 4.7 1st Place Carnival Cup||Milly Drew|
|China Clown – Radial 1st Laser Carnival Cup||Tom Rands – Radial|
|Pat Dyas Barge – Best Competitive Perfromance Outside Club||Ollie Mears|
|The Rannoch Endeavour Trophy – Endeavour||Ben Hutton-Penman|
|Barker Trophy||Ross Corbett|