2011 - 2012 Sailor & Volunteer of the Year Awards announced


 Vicki Hughes, Monday, 8 October 2012



Sailor of the Year ~ 2011 / 12 Season

Thomas G. Flint Memorial Trophy

Robin & Joel were presented with their Award at the Adelaide SC Opening Day

Winner: Robin Inns & Joel Coultas

Nominated by: Fireball Association o0f SA

2011/12 Achievements:

  2nd  ~  2012 Fireball World Championships, Mandurah WA

The last race deciding the winner of the Worlds by a 1 point margin.  After a fiercely sailed last race with the lead changing many times, Robin and Joel immediately congratulated the British winners, displaying great sportsmanship.


Other Achievements



·         Robin and Joel were leading the Australian Nationals but unfortunately due to a rudder gudgeon pin breaking were unable to compete in the last race in a no drop series and finished down the series.

·         Robin and Joel finished 1st in the Fireball State Championships.

·         In recent months Robin has volunteered his time and knowledge to encourage the new Fireball Fleet in Western Australia.

·         Robin has been a Fireball sailor for 12 years, having won 3 Nationals in a row and also competed at World Championships in Thailand, Australia and Barbados.

·         Robin’s achievements would not be possible without the help of his crew Joel.



Youth Sailor of the Year ~ 2011 / 12 Season

Thomas G. Flint Memorial Trophy


Ben was presented with his Award at the Port River S C Opening Day

Winner: Ben Knoop
Nominated by: SA Laser Association

2011/12 Achievements:


  • 2nd   ~  Australian Laser 4.7 Championship
  • 2nd   ~  Australian Laser 4.7 Youth Championship
  • 2nd   ~  SA Laser Radial Championship
  • 1st     ~    SA Laser 4.7 Championship
  • 1st   ~   SA Laser 4.7 Youth Championship  

Other Achievements

  • 2011~Captain and helmsman in the St Michaels College winning Team at the School Team Racing National Championship
  • 2011~Captain and helmsman in the St Michaels College 3rd placed Team at the Interdominion Secondary School Team Racing Championship
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Volunteer of the Year ~ 2011 / 12 Season

James Boucaut Award for Service to Yachting




Brian was presented with his Award at the Christies SC Opening Day









Emma was present with her award at the Brighton & Seacliff YC Opening Day


Joint Winner: Brian Lee

Nominated by : Christies SC


 Brian’s role as Principal of the Christies Sailing Club’s Mid Coast Sailing Centre has been fundamental in changing Christies Sailing Clubs approach to sail training, not only for juniors but throughout the Club. Brian’s guidance and leadership has helped a small team of Club volunteers bring about a culture shift over the last 4 years.

Brian’s vision of establishing the training centre has provided the Club with opportunities that did not exist before. His continued work in raising funds has allowed the Club to purchase a fleet of 16 Optimists and 5 Pacers. Brian’s notion that the training centre should work at being self funding, as far as practical, has allowed Christies Sailing Club to provide these facilities without having a negative impact on the Club.

Brian’s vision of students being able to travel and compete at Regattas at other Clubs has been a core part of the philosophy. A custom built trailer to transport 16 Optis and their equipment plus twin trailers for the Pacers has been part of these goals. This has enabled a group of southern suburb juniors, with no previous sailing experience, to be able to compete in their first Regatta at last season’s AIR. The Team finished almost all of the races they started, supported each other both on and off the water and also help with loading and unloading of the boats. The cohesion of this Team is a tribute to the style of training that Brian has instilled at the Centre.

Brian and the Mid Coast Sailing Centre have been pro active in promoting, not just junior sailing but the sport as a whole, over the last 4 years.

Joint Winner: Emma Short

Nominated by : International Optimist Association of SA

has been Secretary of IODASA for a number of years. Membership of the Association has grown enormously over recent times to be now the largest junior sailing association in the State.

Emma’s tasks have included maintaining an informative and frequently updated website, organising and running training days and regattas, advertising and leasing the Associations Optimists. She has organized trophies, sponsors, food, coaches etc for Optimist Regattas and Training days.
Emma has also attended and helped man the YSA stand at the Boat Show for several years. 
Emma also has three daughters sailing the Class. 

The strength of the Optimist Association is a testament to Emma’s hard work. 

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Presidents Award ~ 2011/ 12 Season

for Service to Yachting in South Australia


Aga was present with his award at the Chrisites SC Opening Day

Winner: Aga Dunda

 This year marks the remarkable achievement of 40 years membership of the Christies Sailing Club for Aga, who became associated with the Club around 1968 through his father Al Dunda. Al was instrumental in the Christies Beach Trailer Boat Club becoming the Christies Sailing Club in 1972. Aga has been involved in committees since then.

 Aga became Vice Commodore during the late 70’s and early 80’s. He gave up active racing to take up the role of handicapper and eventually OOD positions. Aga has taken his place on the Club’s bridge every time Christies has hosted an event.

Aga became Commodore in 1994 and held that position for 13 years. During that time he achieved a great deal of growth for the Club, including building the boat shed on the side of the Club rooms and enclosing the deck at the front. The boat shed had taken over 10 years of negotiations with Council to achieve. Aga has been a key player in a lot of changes that have happened since then, including the closure of the esplanade in front of the Club.

Aga’s contribution to the sport has been focused on Christies Sailing Club since day one. His commitment has allowed others to experience the joys of sailing without the worries of running the Club. He has served as Bar Manager, Secretary, Vice Commodore, Commodore and Treasurer.

Aga is a Life Member of Christies Sailing Club. This coming season is the first that Aga has not officially been on the Executive Committee, but he will continue his roles with the Sailing Committee. Aga’s support for junior sailing programs was also instrumental in the process that led to the development of the Mid Coast Sailing Centre

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Christies Sailing Club’s emergence from the old Christies Beach Trailer Boat Club. This year also marks Aga’s 40 years of contribution to the sport of sailing.