Our annual Awards Dinner was held in the Grill Room at Stamford Yacht Club, on January 24, with Class Chairman Rob Coster and Rules Committee Chairman Dick Morris presiding. Because of a slight misunderstanding in booking the venue (ahem) we had an open bar, which proved a popular feature. Some have expressed the hope that a similar misunderstanding will occur next year.
The annual meeting saw four rule changes approved. Of the two more important ones, the first removes the requirement to keep a boat in the water for at least 3 days before the start of the Nationals. Rob emphasized that this is not intended to invite dry-sailing, but eliminates a rule that has been consistently waived in recent years. The second significant rule change is to the method by which jibs are measured, bringing us into line with standard practice. The new method eliminates the guesswork and “fudging” previously necessary when using our old templates with modern jib designs.
Season prizes for 2018 were awarded, including two new trophies replacing those that were lost a couple of years ago. These were the Sewall Trophy for Race 2, and the Hinman for Race 5. In the first case, Dr. Sydney Sewall Jr., son of the original honoree, has generously replaced the lost trophy with an identical silver bowl. The Hinman has been replaced with the "Inflation" Trophy, a handsome silver ewer originally awarded in 1939 to CSHBC member Allan Klotz for finishing second at the Nationals, recently donated to the class.
Championship Trophy: Steve Benjamin
Founder’s Trophy (race 1): Scott Reichhelm
Sewall Trophy (race 2): Steve Benjamin
YRA East of Rye Trophy (race 3): Dave Peck
Curtis Trophy (race 4): Chris Wittstock
Inflation Trophy (race 5): Tim Britton
Goodwin Trophy (race 6): Steve Benjamin
Olson Trophy (first time skipper): Tom Davidson
Williams Trophy (season participation): Norm Peck III
Janeway Trophy: Guy Gurney
All Awards Dinner attendees received an etched glass commemorating the 90th edition of the Nationals in 2018. There are a few glasses left over: if you are a class member but couldn't attend the dinner, contact Scott Reichhelm and ask him for one.