News from the Darwin Sailing Club
Sail, socalise and dine in the heart of Darwin
The curtain came down in style on the Darwin Sailing Club’s 53rd sailing season last Saturday night to a full house.
More than 140 members, their guests, sponsors and special guests were thoroughly entertained by MC Conor Byrne who once again teamed up with the keeper of the trophies, and Club Person of the Year, the ever smiling Steve Winspear (a.k.a. King Neptune) to keep the show rolling along.
Connor and Steve were ably backed by the technical wizardry of Tom Griffiths, whose I.T. skills (it would later be revealed under expert cross examination by MC Conor) appear to far outweigh his ability to secure outboard motors to boats. Captain Cook awards notwithstanding, the team combined beautifully to move deftly through a substantial list of deserving 2017 AWARD WINNERS.
Congratulations to all those who took out awards on the night, and indeed to all those who represented the Club, both on and off the water this year.
Several of Club’s 2017 Champions were not able to attend due to interstate representative commitments at the Harken International Match Racing Regatta in Sydney. Fortunately for Jed Cruickshank, his parents secured the loan of one of the Club trailers to get Jed’s trophies back to the Cruickshank residence safe and sound. Aden McGrath on the other hand was spotted later in evening pushing his wheelbarrow of trophies out to the family’s wagon in the carpark.
One of several highlights on the night came with the awarding of the $5000 Ramada Suites at Zen Quarter prize for Twilight participation this year to Ari Cousens. Ari’s priceless reaction was a fitting climax to this year’s Twilight series which was among the best attended formats for 2017 Sailing. A huge thank you to sponsors Ramada Suites for their outstanding prize and support throughout the year.
Representatives of the Clubs other major sponsors Darwin Port, Arthur J. Gallagher, Carlton United Breweries, Coca-Cola Amatil, Nautical Supplies, Hardy Aviation and Ward Keller were also on hand to give Club members the opportunity to join Sponsorship Officer Ayla Wharton in showing their appreciation for their support of the Club in 2017.
Another highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Steve Winspear’s acceptance speech of the top award for the year. Steve’s genuine surprise and heartfelt acceptance speech a testimony to his dedication as a participant on the water and also behind the scenes, wearing many Club hats throughout the year.
Speaking of behind the scenes, the Club has become accustomed to great food at such events and, once again, the Waterfront Bistro team did not disappoint with many coming back for more. Bar Manager Lee and his team called in a few favours with the suppliers ensuring there was no shortage of great tasting beverages on offer. Events Officer Ramon Jenkinson and Maintenance Officer Steve Beard did an outstanding job in pulling together the finer details of the event, as they have all year, in support of the Sailing and the Social committees. Congratulations and thanks also to the ever present Janice Stach (and helpers!) for their contributions in preparing for the night and the next morning with the Christmas decorations.
As it goes in hospitality, a great deal of effort behind the scenes is required to deliver quality events which appear no trouble at all. In the words of boxing immortal Muhammad Ali, you need to run on the road long before you can dance under the lights.
Last and certainly not least, thanks to highly experienced Club photographer Colin Blair who was on hand to capture all the action. The many smiling faces in Colin’s extensive PHOTO GALLERY perhaps the clearest indicator that the 53rd DSC presentation night was a memorable one.
To the 54th!
Wishing one and all the very best over the festive season and into 2018.
General Manager – DARWIN SAILING CLUB
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