Australian Sailing Awards 2019
What a night for Sailing, with a full house at the Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour the 2019 Australian Sailing Awards night commenced with a spectacular video display of just some of the great sporting highlights from Australian athletes, coaches, club and volunteers across all fields of the sport at home and abroad.
This year’s awards featured two new categories, with the SheSails Award set to reward those who have driven female participation in the sport and the Sustainability Award recognising the clubs, classes, associations or individuals who have contributed to a more sustainable sailing industry.
The evening again saw a fantastic representation from the Club with multiple nominees including Jason Waterhouse in Male Sailor of the Year, Richard Slater in Official of the Year and Stacey Jackson on behalf of Ocean Respect Racing nominated in the Sustainability Award category and the Club for the Invictus Games – Sports Promotion with the addition of truly honorable lifetime achievement award.
The evening also saw the third year of the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame announcement, all of which are displayed with honour at the National Maritime Museum, Sydney.
A common theme of the night was the growing strength of sailing in Australia and the many factors that go into contribute to the participation and enjoyment of the sport. Determination, opportunities, family, inclusion and fun, all shown through from the various winners and speakers on the night.
The Club did extremely well with the following Members winning there nominated categories.
Sustainability Award – Stacey Jackson & Team of Ocean Respect Racing
Official of the Year – Richard Slater
Lifetime Achievement Award – John McConaghy
Congratulations to our winners and nominees who have all shown their passion for sailing.
The full list of finalist and winners is noted below.