Archie Summers was a founder member of Lancing Sailing Club. He was always keen to encourage young sailors and, as a tribute to Archie, the club has devised a Memorial Award.
“gain points throughout the season…”
The award is open to all young sailors who have been members of the club for a year or more and race regularly.
Young sailors will gain points throughout the season, according to a series of criteria, and will be awarded the bursary for the following season. Commitment to racing, race results and dedication to sailing will be the key factors in obtaining the award. The nature of the event planned will also be taken into account (local opens, National championships, etc.). The points scale has been devised to encourage new entrants to open meetings.
“help towards entering events…”
The winner of the Archie Summers Memorial Award will be allocated the Lancing Sailing Club Youth Bursary, consisting of £100 to be used towards the cost of entering key open events and or race training.
Youth sailors will be able to apply before the start of the sailing season and add up points throughout the sailing year.
The winner’s name will be printed into a varnished centreboard plaque made by Archie and donated by the Summers family. This centreboard will be displayed in the main club room.
The club as a whole is very keen to encourage young sailors and we hope this award will be a key factor in youth development.
The award includes criteria to take into account whether the candidates have won it previously. This is to try and ensure the same people do not win it year after year which might act as a disincentive to other young sailors. The hope is to encourage our youth sailors to venture out to Opens and develop their sailing skill which should in turn improve their sailing at Lancing.
The first Archie Summers Youth Award was awarded in 2007 to Matt Goacher and Joey Beer. Subsequent winners were:
2013 Anna Hartnell
2014 Tim Hartnell
2015 Jessica Carter
2016 Tim Hartnell
Tim received the Award for the second time for his commitment to racing and very successful final year in Toppers. We wish him all the best in his move to Lasers for 2017.