2005 Meet the Champions
Meet the Champions - a fantastic turnout.
Nearly 300 family, friends and yachting identities turned out to recognise WA yachting's top sailors.
2005 MEET THE CHAMPIONS
On a glorious evening the Meet the Champions and the 6th WA Yachting Awards function was held at Fremantle Sailing Club on Friday, 27 May 2005. Just under 300 people attended this prestigious event to acknowledge the thirty five Australian Champions and three World Champions as they were presented with Yachting WA medals. These sailors have made Western Australians the successful winners of eighteen Australian Championships and two World Championships.
The evening saw The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation present twenty six grants for travel and financial assistance and award The Ron Tough Scholarship to Steven Thomas.
In the WA Yachting Awards section the Junior Sailor of the Year Award (The Ron Tough Bronze Medal) was won by Mark Whittington, the Youth Sailor of the Year Award (The Ron Tough Silver Medal) was won by the winning combination of Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson and The Ron Tough Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Yachting was won by John Standley.
The Power Yachtsperson of the Year Award was won by Neil Elsmore.
Sailors who represented Western Australia for the first time were presented with badges and certificates from the Department of Sport & Recreation.
Yachting Western Australia on behalf of the WA yachting fraternity congratulates our Australian and World Champions and winners of the WA Yachting Awards.
Winners of the WA Yachting Awards were:
Administrator of the Year John Milne
Official of the Year Bill Morris
Coach of the Year Tony Merton
Sailor of the Year Female Elise Rechichi & Tessa Parkinson
Sailor of the Year Male Colin Dibb
Sailor of the Year Colin Dibb
National Champions acknowledged were:
Contender Masters John Cassidy Skipper
Skate Gary Caporn/Mike Forbes Skipper/Crew
Skate Veteran Gary Caporn/Mike Forbes Skipper/Crew
Skate Junior Gavin Caporn/Brett Andrews Skipper/Crew
Windrush Cat Rigged Rob Thompson Skipper
Windrush Super Sloop Rob Thompson Skipper
125 Junior Sam Threlfall/James Dolan Skipper/Crew
Cherub Junior Phillip Vance/Andrew Vance Skipper/Crew
Optimist Mark Whittington Skipper
470 Womens Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson Skipper/Crew
420 Youth Male Luc Tasker/Brett Sharpe Skipper/Crew
Endeavour Brandon Hughes/Rob Simmons Skipper/Crew
Sue Pratley/Tony Finch/Rex Sleeman Crew
Flying Fifteen Open Grant Alderson/Dean McAullay Skipper/Crew
Flying Ant Nick Brownie/Daniel Roberts Skipper/Crew
Mirror Veteran Geoffrey Brown/Tristan Brown Skipper/Crew
Mirror Ladies Caroline Pitt/Katelyn Farwell Skipper/Crew
Mirror Nicholas Davis/John Collova Skipper/Crew
Mirror Junior Stephen Locke/Lois Pickering Skipper/Crew
World Champions acknowledge were:
420 Youth Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson Skipper/Crew
Laser Masters Colin Dibb Skipper