The 2005 Australian Sailors of the Year were announced and dedicated media and volunteers recognised at the Australian Yachting Awards, held on Saturday night at Park Hyatt Melbourne.
Sponsored by The MINT Organization and Park Hyatt Melbourne, the gala evening was attended by more than 160 guests, who enjoyed an address from Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator The Hon. Rod Kemp, and a special presentation by Glenn Bourke, CEO of the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. His speech included dramatic video footage and a preview of the race, which will start on 5 November in Spain and will stopover in Melbourne from approximately 19 January to 12 February 2006.
Awards were presented by 1983 America’s Cup winning skipper John Bertrand AM, 470 Olympic Gold Medallist Tom King OAM and Senator Kemp.
Richard Perini (NSW) was named Male Sailor of the Year, having achieved unprecedented success by winning the 2004 Mumm 30 World Championship and 2005 Farr 40 World Championship and holding the titles simultaneously. The current Australian Farr 40 Champion, Richard achieved numerous other podium finishes. He also contributes to youth sailing and the operation of the Australian and International Farr 40 Associations.
Adrienne Cahalan (NSW) was named Female Sailor of the Year, with her most outstanding performance being Navigator/Weather Router on board the catamaran, Cheyenne, that broke the Around the World Non Stop Record. She is the first and only woman to be part of a round the world record holding team. Adrienne achieved podium finishes in a number of events and was a finalist for Rolex World Yachtswoman of the Year for a fourth time. Adrienne is a Yachting Australia Board Member and patron of Marist Sisters College sailing program and Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club.
Paralympians Jamie Dunross, Jeff Milligan and Colin Harrison (WA) were announced joint Sailors of the Year with a Disability, having placed fifth in the three person Sonar class at the 2004 Paralympics. They commit time to coaching other sailors with a disability and provide input to the strategical development of the sport.
For the third consecutive time, Youth Sailor of the Year was awarded to Nathan Outteridge (NSW). His list of achievements included a third consecutive double handed ISAF World Youth Championship, second at the single handed Laser Radial World Youth Championship and first at the Cowes Week under 25 Match Racing regatta.
A number of people were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the sport. Stanley Burnicle (NSW), Arthur Hodge (QLD), Jackie Kay (NSW) and David Tillett (SA) were presented Services to Yachting Awards for their many years of committed and significant voluntary work and Peter Campbell (NSW) was presented a Media Award to acknowledge his many years of exceptional yachting coverage.
Stanley Burnicle has been a committed volunteer at the Dobroyd Aquatic Club in Sydney since 1964, he is a life member and patron of the club and is the patriarch for the club’s rebuilding, following the recent fire that destroyed the premises.
Since the 1970s Arthur Hodge has also been a committed volunteer. He has held various class and club positions and is currently Principal Race Officer for numerous major events. He actively trains his race committees to ensure his skills and knowledge are passed on.
Jackie Kay has contributed to the development of Sailability around Australia and in thirteen other countries. Her full time commitment includes Chairmanship and membership of the Access Dinghy Foundation, Sailability International Steering Committee, International Foundation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) Development Committee and Yachting Australia’s Sailability Australia Committee.
David Tillett is an experienced and skilled international jury member, umpire and committee member and has officiated in these positions at numerous Olympic Games, Pre Olympic regattas, America’s Cups and Louis Vuitton Cups. He holds a number of positions within ISAF and in 2004 was named "Official of the Year" by the Confederation of Australian Sport.
Peter Campbell is a well-known yachting journalist, covering the Sydney Hobart for the fist time in 1948. Since then he has reported on approximately 50 Sydney Hobart races as well as the America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup, Kenwood Cup, Sardinia Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and five Olympic Games. He was formerly the Sydney Hobart Media Director and editor of Offshore Yachting and Modern Boating magazines and has written several yachting books.
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