On Saturday, 22nd September, a happy few joined together at Itchenor Sailing Club to mark Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis Offshore Rally, and the presentation of the Seacock Trophy.
It’s been a while since the last Jack’s Trip so our new Offshore Captain, Daniel Gerber, valiantly took up the challenge to arrange the 2018 offshore race and dinner. Unfortunately the worsening weather and other factors led to no sailing taking place but all agreed that a trip to Itchenor Sailing Club for the dinner was still worthwhile. In what must have been the worst weather conditions for some time, thirteen intrepid Tammy members drove to Itchenor in relentless driving rain and howling winds to enjoy a very tasty dinner in the very comfortable surroundings of Itchenor Sailing Club. Rear Commodore Sailing Jim Green gave the assembled members a brief history of Jack’s Trip and the Seacock Trophy, and David Baker recounted how he and Martin Adams had won its predecessor, the Mudlark Trophy. John and Rita Dunkley, who for so many years organised many memorable Jack’s Trips, were unfortunately unable to join the group this year so everyone raised their glasses in a toast to them.
Finally, after thanking Daniel profusely for organising this year’s event, our Commodore Carolyne Vines presented him with the Seacock Trophy for arranging a Jack’s Trip where the ‘tidal circumstances’ and other factors resulted in no boats actually sailing to the dining venue. Daniel graciously accepted the prestigious award.
Report by Jim Green, photos Daniel Gerber and Bonnie Green