Post Date: Thursday, February 01, 2018
T. David Fenix Junior Yachtsman of the Year
The Junior Member who has had the greatest achievement in
during the year
Jack Sutter + Charlotte Versavel
In 2017, Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel left the 29er to
dive headfirst into a Nacra 15 campaign. This new Olympic development boat is
the fastest and perhaps most competitive youth boat on the water. Not only did
the pair decide to campaign the Nacra—they also set a goal of qualifying for
the Youth Worlds in 2019 and potentially an Olympic berth in 2024. Their
second-ever regatta was the Inaugural Nacra 15 Championship with 17 boats from
five countries; they finished mid-fleet. After that was the Nacra 15 Midwinters
where they finished as first West Coast boat and 5th overall, showing
incredible speed and boat handling in heavy air. Watch out for these two!
The Greer Trophy
The young man or woman in our summer sailing camp who shows
the greatest improvement over the course of the year
Wheeler Michaels started summer camp as a plucky 50-pound
7-year-old, a bit apprehensive but excited to learn. After two sessions of
city-front sailing, Wheeler had overcome challenges, sailed through some scary days
and worked his way into the hearts of the instructors. He finished the summer
ready for more sailing!
Tinsley Island Trophy
Recognizes extraordinary contributions to the betterment of
The talented Medea Bern frequents our Island often and has
been invaluable in chairing the Tinsley Island Media Subcommittee for years.
She has produced numerous marketing documents and articles that have enhanced
members’ knowledge of the Island. Through it all she maintains her vibrant and
positive personality, working well with everyone and gaining the respect of
both members and island staff.
John S. Lauer Tinsley Toiler Award
Outstanding contribution to the Toiler effort
Bob and Sharon Frase
For the past eight years, Bob and Sharon Frase have
volunteered their time and talents to almost every Toiler weekend and have
served as chefs, providing our Toilers with excellent food and refreshments.
They are highly respected by all because they work tirelessly and thoroughly.
The Toilers sincerely appreciate the time and effort this couple has dedicated
to the cause as well as the friendly and pleasant way in which they always
K.E. “Hal” Hallikainen Trophy
Outstanding contributions to cruising under the
burgee and to leadership and material involvement in the club.
Christopher Hanson saw a need at the Club and filled it. He
created the Seamanship Subcommittee and produced articles and safety-at-sea
seminars, empowering members to get on the water and feel more comfortable at
the helm. His dedication to educating the membership and expanding their
knowledge and confidence shows—every class was fully subscribed.
The Harter-Jacks Perpetual Cruising Trophy
in conjunction with the Mary D. Grandin Women’s Cruising Trophy
Members who are cruising under the burgee in remarkable
John & Michelle Zeratsky
A couple in their mid-thirties, John & Michelle Zeratsky
spent a decade saving and preparing to cruise on their Outbound 46, Pineapple.
In 2018, they quit their jobs, sailed out the Gate and turned left. Since then
we have been following them at ParticularHarbor.com where we find them
currently in Mexico. Says John, “The Cruisers Group was instrumental in
developing our love of cruising. We were always the youngest attendees
(sometimes by a couple decades) on Club cruise-outs, but these cruises showed
us the simple joy of going places on your boat. We always had a great time and
learned so much from experienced cruisers like the Munros, Patricks and
Thornes. Thank you, Cruisers Group!”
Emanuel Franzel Memorial Trophy
Outstanding contributions to the Race Committee
Mike Mahoney has regularly participated in running our
regattas for decades. In 2017, he upped his participation level significantly
and completed the year with 38 volunteer days—the most of any volunteer! Mike
often serves as the captain of a markset boat and has been a tremendous
teacher, often bringing new people to the Race Committee and introducing them
to the art of on-water work.
Robert C. Evans Memorial Trophy
The most outstanding accomplishment of a small
boat skipper sailing in an international regatta
Longtime member Andrew Holdsworth won his first World
Championship in sailing at age 21. He diverted into bike riding for a few years
and recently returned to sailing. In addition to a full-time job that includes
global travel, he is a true Corinthian sailor, competing in the Laser Masters
Fleet as well as with his X-Yacht Extreme Ways in Europe. In 2017, he finished on the podium in every Laser regatta he
entered including the Laser Masters US Championship and Laser Masters PCCs.
While this award recognizes small boat accomplishments, Andrew also won the
North Aegean Regatta and the Marmarius International Race Week on board his
X-Yacht, flying our burgee.
St. Francis Yacht Club Sailor of the Year
The member who through dedication and persistence achieved
excellence as an amateur skipper and/or crew in the sport of yacht racing
Peter Wagner sailed his J/111 Skeleton Key to the podium
time and again in 2017, winning 1st place at an impressive list of regattas,
including Key West Race Week, J/Fest, Annapolis NOODs, SFYC Summer Keelboat,
StFYC Summer Sportboat, Swiftsure Regatta and, most impressively, the 2017
J/111 World Championship hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.
Trophy: Yachtswoman of the Year
Awarded to: The woman member who has contributed most significantly to
the sport of yachting
Daniela Moroz has been in the spotlight a lot recently. She
was our Yachtswoman of the Year in 2016 and also U.S. Sailing’s Rolex
Yachtswoman of the Year. In 2017, she was the top woman finisher in every
Hydrofoil Pro Tour stop she competed in and concluded her year by once again
winning the women’s class of the Kiting World Championship in Oman. She has
been flying the StFYC burgee around the world on her kiteboard and was recently
nominated for 2017 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
Jerome B. White Yachtsman of the Year
The member who has made the greatest contribution to the
sport of yachting during the preceding year
Over the past year, Nicole Breault’s contributions to the
sport of sailing ran the gamut from competitor to coach to volunteer. As a
competitor, she executed a successful bicoastal J/105 campaign while continuing
her strong performance in team and match racing. In 2017, she won nine major
regattas including the Spring One Design, J/Fest, Hinman Grandmasters Team
Race, Buzzards Bay Regatta and Block Island Race Week.
She has also served as an invaluable role model for women
sailors, creating the immensely successful Women’s Learn-to-Sail clinic and
Women’s Match Race Clinigatta at StFYC.
Finally, she gives back to the sport as the national grading
secretary for US Match Racing, an active participant on the US Match Racing
Committee and chair of the Women’s Match Racing Subcommittee.
Receiving her award, an emotional Breault said, “This is an
incredible honor. There’s no question there are more men sailing and racing
than there are women, but maybe this year is really the year of the woman! I’ve
been racing all my life and I’ve only ever wanted to be among the best of the
best and earn their respect by winning on the water. I’ve had to face the fact
that when I race against the guys, it’s not always easy. But I’ve always put my
best out on the water and not make it about gender.”