Tasmanian sailing awards recognise state's finest

Acknowledgement: Winners at the Tasmanian sailing awards held in Hobart at the weekend.
Acknowledgement: Winners at the Tasmanian sailing awards held in Hobart at the weekend.

Prominent Wynyard Yacht Club members Chris Symonds and Mike Darby have been honoured at the Tasmanian sailing awards.

Darby has been inducted in the Tasmanian Yachting Hall of Fame for his contribution to the development of the club on the Inglis River.

Symonds was named disabled sailor of the year for his 2016 world championship and 2017 national championship wins in the 303 dinghy class.

Wynyard was also a finalist for the club of the year award which went to Midway Point.

Darby joined Rio Paralympic silver medallist Matthew Bugg and Derwent Sailing Squadron race officer Gilbert Leitch in being inducted into the hall of fame.

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Derwent Sailing Squadron member Bugg was again named Tasmanian male sailor of the year and also recognised for his continued international success in the 2.4mR class in which he is ranked No.1 in the world.

Female sailor of the year is teenage Sandy Bay Sailing Club member Alice Buchanan and the outstanding youth achievement award went to Brendan Crisp and Daniel Maree for winning the Australian flying 11 championships.

Joint winners of the offshore sailor of the year award were Richard Grant (Cromarty Magellan) for winning the Corinthian Division in his first Sydney to Hobart race, and David Graney for crewing in the clipper round the world race.

Other awards were: administrator Greg Rowlings; coach Richard Scarr; instructor Michael Gluskie; volunteers Michelle Edwards (Denney) at the DSS and Michael Gluskie (RYCT).