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And the Winners Are…
At the Annual General Meeting, your Club celebrated its many accomplishments of the past year by awarding perpetual trophies to fourteen exceptional individuals. These award-winners spanned the spectrum from racers to cruisers, teachers to students, Tinsley enthusiasts to Race Committee stalwarts.

T. David Fenix Junior Yachtsman of the Year

The Junior Member who has had the greatest achievement in junior sailing 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 

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 Tinsley Island

Medea Bern  

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 conduct themselves.

K.E. “Hal” Hallikainen Trophy  

Outstanding contributions to cruising under the burgee and to leadership and material involvement in the club.

Christopher Hanson    

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 ways 

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 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

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 

Andrew Holdsworth

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

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

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 

Nicole Breault

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.”


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