Sidmouth sailors celebrate the end of a wonderful year

Alex Hayman presenting trophy for ‘Best Novice’ to Nigel Brown

Alex Hayman presenting trophy for ‘Best Novice’ to Nigel Brown - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Sailing Club formally brought the 2016 season to an end at its annual Trophy Night.

Members listened to commodore John Keast open the proceedings with a summary of the season.

With the club in its 80th birthday year he highlighted the memorabilia and trophies on display, including a sail dating back to the early 1950s from a Redshank, a locally designed and built 13ft-dinghy The sail that belonged to the late Clive Hayman, and all three sons of Clive - Stewart, Rob and Andy - have been involved with the Sailing Club over the years, with Andy still competing.

John also noted that attendance at the event was excellent and that it was particularly pleasing to see families and many of this year’s intake of juniors and beginners. As it was such a good year for youth sailing, the club was proud to have Alex Hayman (grandson of Clive Hayman) as the quest of honour to present the trophies. Alex is a past youth member of the club and now a professional boat builder and reigning champion (crew) from this year’s Scorpion Nationals at Looe in Cornwall.

The club is keen the hear from anyone interested in taking up the sport and suggests making contact through the website at

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A programme of taster sessions, courses and development is planned for 2017.

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