Introduction

Racing and sailing at Welbeck has always been a friendly affair, with enjoyment more important than victory. Of course, that does not mean that we can't recognize excellence, indeed we can even reward it.

Historically, generous benefactors have donated trophies and awards to the club for presentation to members to celebrate their sailing achievements. Whilst the exact role of any given trophy has changed over the years we have attempted to document the recipients below for posterity.

The information below has been gleaned from old club handbooks, the trophies, research and the personal recall of members. Despite these efforts there are obvious gaps in the historical record and should anyone be in a position to help, please feel free to e-mail the club with additional information.

There have been long periods when the trophies have not been formally awarded. Following the partial reinstatement of an official race series in 2010, and full reinstatement from 2011 the prize giving was restarted and we hope it will continue uninterrupted for many seasons to come.

The Trophies

A selection of our trophies - (stored at a secure location!)

The Transom Trophy & The Gallon Race

The transom trophy was originally awarded to the winner of a series of handicapped pursuit races held as the last race of the day over a ten week period. More latterly, and certainly from 2010 it has been awarded to the winner of “The Gallon Race.”

The Gallon Race is an established annual tradition at Welbeck Sailing Club. It is a unique race that is scheduled to coincide with our bonfire night celebration and so forms one of the last events of each sailing season. The name derives from the original award of a gallon of ale to the race winner. Historically, the recipient was “encouraged” by the other club members to rapidly consume this beverage in the clubhouse after the race. Whilst the original gallon glass is still held by the club, in these enlightened and egalitarian times the award of alcohol and irresponsible consumption is no longer sanctioned! Hence the presentation of the Transom Trophy.

Each Gallon Race if different and its composition is limited only by the imagination of the Officer Of the Day. This, more often than not, ensures a truly bizarre race.

Year Details
1958 "Saraband" D.E. Billington
1959 "Saraband" D.E. Billington
1960 "Sinneroo" D.W. Hatfield
1961 "Gazelle" M.J. Woffenden
1962 "Gazelle" M.J. Woffenden
1963 "Hullabaloo" G.R. Keep
1964 "Gazelle" M.J. Woffenden
1965 "Hullabaloo" G.R. Keep
1966 "Decem" M.J. Woffenden
1966 "Gazelle" J.P. Woffenden
1967 "Decem" M.J. Woffenden
1968 "Decem" M.J. Woffenden
1969 "Decem" M.J. Woffenden
1970 "Louiie" M.J. Woffenden
1971 "Sukeyaki" M.J. Stickland
1972 "Decem" R.M. Woffenden
1973 - 2009 not presented or results not recorded
2010 Laser "27384" L. Marshall
2011 470 "622" E. & S. Condry
2012 Phantom "837" R Cheshire
2013 Wayfarer "9127" E Wade & G Poyser
2014 Laser radial J Sly
2015 Laser "179681" I Masson

The Lowe Cup & The Lowe Race Series

The Lowe Cup is actually the center left rose-bowl in the picture above - not to be confused with the other Lowe trophy on the right of the picture!

It is believed to be silver plated copper and is engraved with "Lowe Cup S.C.S.C."

This trophy was originally awarded to the winner of a series of ten races held as the first race of the day, with results corrected by the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY). Whilst it is thought that this cup has been in the possession of the club for many decades, unfortunately historic results are unavailable. From 2011 it has been presented to the winner of a (PY corrected), 16 race series held in the spring. To commemorate this generous donation it has been decided that initial race series of the season will be know as the “Lowe Cup Series.”

Year Details
2011 Laser "171956 / 251" M. Hallsworth
2012 Laser "108971" M. Deakin
2013 Wayfarer "5310" R.Van der Lijn & S Stuart
2014 Wayfarer "9313" J & Ml Leah
2015 Laser 179681 I Masson & Laser 190900 M Deakin

The Commodore's Trophy & The Commodore's Race Series

The Commodore's Trophy is the center right rose-bowl in the picture.

It is believed to be silver plated copper and is engraved with "Commodore's Trophy, Presented by M.J. Woffenden."

The trophy was originally awarded to the winner of a series of handicapped pursuit races held as the last race of the day over an eleven week period. Whilst this trophy has been in the possession of the club for many decades, unfortunately many historic results are unavailable. From 2011 it has been presented to the winner of a (PY corrected), 16 race series held in the summer. This series of races will be know as "The Commodore's Series."

Year Details
1970 Louie
1971 Fraxini
1972 - 2010 results not recorded
2011 Laser "171956 / 251" M. Hallsworth
2012 Laser "201852/ 251" M. Hallsworth
2013 Wayfarer "5310" R. Van der Lijn & T. Cooper
2014 Laser 190900 M Deakin
2015 Wayfarer 9313 J & M Leah

The Lowe Trophy & The Greendale Race Series

This trophy is the “tankard” style trophy on the right in the top picture. It engraved with the club ensign and bears the legend “S.C.S.C. Presented by F. S. Lowe, Esq.” For an explanation of SCSC please see our club history page. The trophy's hallmark shows it to be solid silver as assayed in 1904 Sheffield with a (later?) silversmith mark of H.A indicating the Atkin Brothers 1923-1955. The base is engraved with the recipients from 1951 to 1972.

It is unclear what achievement originally warranted the awarding of this trophy, however since the reintroduction of a formal race series in 2010 it has been presented to the winner of a (PY corrected), 16 race series held in the autumn. To aid disambiguation with the Lowe Cup, this trophy may be referred to as "the Tankard" and for historical reasons the race series for which it is awarded will be know as the Greendale series.

Year Details
1951 Alacrity, R.Boler
1952 Cateja, R.K.Cox
1953 Cateja, S.R.K.Cox
1954 Red Sauce, J.A.Dent
1955 Amaran, E.Atkinson
1956 Zest, L.W.Gould
1957 Juno, S.R.K.Coc
1959 Starlight, H.Skelton
1960 Juno, S & R.K. Cox
1961 Crusader, J.A.Dent
1962 Gaylord, H Skelton
1963 Gaylord, H.Skelton
1964 Starlight, P.J.Morrell
1965 Tooscompny, D.D.Brooke
1966 Sagitta, R.C. Ash
1967 Alterego, H.Skelton
1968 Tango, B.Brooke
1969 Tango, B.Brooke
1970 Tango, B.Brooke
1971 Tango II, B.Brooke
1972 Sukeyaki, M.J.Stickland
1973 - 2009 not presented or results not recorded
2010 Laser "171956 / 251" M. Hallsworth
2011 Laser "86817" I. Masson
2012 Laser "201852/ 251" M. Hallsworth
2013 Laser "179681" I. Masson
2014 Laser 179681 I Masson
2015 Wayfarer 9313 J & M Leah

The Illingworth Plate

This is the large ornate plate in the centre of the top photograph.

It is believed to be silver plated copper and bears the engraving “Presented by Captain (E) J.H.Illingworth, RN (Ret.)”

Captain John Illingworth (1903-1980) was the winner and co-founder of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. He won the 1945 inaugural race in the yacht Rani. He wrote and lectured about sailing, racing and navigation. He won the Fastnet race in Myth of Malham in 1947 and 1949. In 1950 he was a founding member and inaugural president of the Junior Offshore Group, a club that organises offshore races for IRC yachts racing from the Solent. He was Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, a donor for the Admiral's Cup, a successful naval architect and was largely credited with launching offshore racing in Britain and Australia.

It is unclear what achievement originally warranted the awarding of this plate, however since the full reintroduction of a formal race series in 2011 it has been presented as a perseverance award to the years highest scoring boat that has not succeeded in securing a series top three finish or any other recognition.

Year Details
2011 Wayfarer "5310" R Van der Lijn
2012 Wayfarer "6776" T West
2013 Laser "112523" L Marshall
2014 Wayfarer 6776 T & L West
2015 Super Nova 478 G Poyser

The Founders Cup

This impressive cup is on the left hand side in the top photograph.

It is an ornate silver rose bowl, with lion head “handles.” The hallmarks indicate a 1924 assay in Sheffield and the silversmith mark of H.A indicating the Atkin Brothers 1923-1955. The base is adorned with shield shaped silver plaques engraved with the recipients 1951-1972. The trophy itself is extensively engraved with the following details:

Front side:

“Sheffiled Corinthian Sailing Club” and the club ensign.

“ Founders Trophy presented by E.L.Hatfield, Esq.”

“Hon. Member J.D.Chesterman.”

“Flag Officers”

“P.L.Chandler. Commodore.”

“D.W.Hatfield. Vice Commodore.”

“J.K.Hartley. Rear Commodore.”

Reverse side

“Inaugural Year 1950”

“Hon. Secretary E. Watson Rodger,Hon. Treasurer B.L.Bates. Hon. Bosun J.N.Compton”

“Hon. House Steward J.E.H.Davies”

“Committee Members.”

“J.H.Atkinson, D.E.Billington, F.B.Lynch, A.Senior, G.W.Ward.”

The Founders trophy was originally awarded to the winner of a series of eleven races (PY adjusted) held in the afternoons from July to September. Since the re-introduction of the full race series in 2011 it has been awarded to the crew of the boat that has amassed the most points throughout the entire racing season.

Year Winner Boat
1951 J A Dent Red Sauce
1952 J N Compton Lynx
1953 S R K Cox Cateja
1954 B Cawthorne Bublet
1955 S R K Cox Cateja
1956 D E Billington Ocelot
1957 D W Hatfield Sinnetta
1958 S & R K Cox Juno
1959 B Cawthorne Daz
1960 L W Gould Flair
1961 M J Woffenden Gazelle
1962 H Skelton Gaylord
1963 M J Woffenden Gazelle
1964 H Skelton Alterego
1965 M J Woffenden Gazelle
1966 B Brooke Tango
1967 Not recorded Gazelle & Decem
1968 B Brooke Tango
1969 M Bishop Flaskitt
1970 J W Smith Crusader
1971 S Payne Sensation
1972 M J Woffenden Louie
1973 - 2010 not presented or results not recorded
2011 J & M Leah Bogus W9313
2012 M. Hallsworth Laser 201852/ 251
2013 J & M Leah Bogus W9313
2014 J & M Leah Bogus W9313
2015 J & M Leah Bogus W9313

The Acorn Trophy

The Acorn Trophy

This unusual trophy design features a wooden base with silver achievement plaques, in the centre is mounted a silver plated acorn with a copper acorn cup and radiant leaves.

The acorn is engraved:

“The Acorn Trophy”

“S.C.S.C”

“Presented by J.N.Compton”

“Tall oaks from little acorns grow”

Whilst the engraving reflects the fact that it is often awarded to junior sailors, it is really intended to reward and encourage relative newcomers to the club who demonstrate commitment and promise in the sport whatever their age.

Whilst the trophy was not engraved between 1972 and 2011, it was occasionally awarded during this time. For example, although the details are lost to posterity, the author can clearly remember this trophy sitting on the family hearth for years courtesy of his father!

Year Details
1962 Drambuie
1963 Emu
1964 Mistral
1965 Tess
1966 Decem
1967 Gazelle
1968 Watsitt
1969 Decem
1970 Cymba
1971 Louie
1972 Coruisk
1973 - 2010 results not recorded
2011 Jake Brown
2012 William Iliffe
2013 Ethan Hocking
2014 Jennifer Sly
2015 Not awarded