Dan Wiggins Endeavour Trophy
This trophy has been presented by Dan’s family in his memory.
Dan Wiggins was a well-known and very popular presence at Queen Mary. After battling a brain tumour for many years and leading a life full of activity, achievement, love and friendship, he was taken ill sailing at the Club on the final evening of the 2015 Wednesday race series. He died on Saturday 5 September 2015. He was 39 years old.
Although Dan sailed in various classes, most of us remember Dan as a keen Laser sailor. He was a happy, cheerful competitor who was always good natured on the water. Over the last few years, he steadily improved his performance and was consistently near the top of the fleet. At the end of racing, Dan would usually be at the water’s edge, helping others to recover their boats. He would always encourage new Laser fleet members, giving generously time and encouragement.
During the summer of 2011 Dan was a full time sailing instructor at Queen Mary, highly valued as a strong, versatile and skilled member of the professional team. A calm and highly competent teacher, Dan was able to coach advanced sailors as well as the young beginners. He prepared carefully for his instructor sessions, making sure that he provided his students with the best possible tuition. The children in particular loved him and there were many repeat requests for “instructor Dan”.
Off the water Dan enjoyed socialising with the sailing staff – he was always up for some fun and excitement.
More recently, Dan was often to be found on the committee boat helping to run racing, or sailing his Flying Fifteen with friends and family.
A warm, kind, generous and lovely man who will be sorely missed around Queen Mary Sailing Club.
The Laser Youth Trophy 2015
The Laser Youth Trophy will be awarded for the first time in 2015 to a youth that has shown progress and commitment in the previous year.
Originally this Trophy was donated by Stan Batten and Malcolm Humphries as a prize for the Laser Winter Series but has not been awarded for a few years.
Stan Batten was an ex-policeman by the time he was involved at QM, which was in the very early days of the club. Various people had said that he got hit on the head several times by different villains. He was a keen amateur photographer and provided many of the pictures of the club and sailing in the ‘70s and early-‘80s. He was a member of the Club Council for some years and active on the Sailing Committee as the Laser Fleet Captain.
He was a good Laser sailor and used to get respectable results in the Masters /Grand Masters Nationals as well as in the club racing at a time when there were up to 70 Lasers starting in club points races.
Malcolm Humphries was and is the husband of Norma Humphries who was Assistant Secretary of the Club. They now live in Dorset but spend several of the winter months in Thailand.
Malcolm was a keen sailor who sailed Lasers and many other boats (Malcolm and Chris Simon raced a Mirror together in the 2nd or 3rd Bloody Mary). He was involved in lots of club activities but did not sit on committees. He was much involved in developing the club’s race management – he was PRO for several Bloody Marys in the 1980s and ran many class open meetings in the days when entries were much larger than these days.
The Charles “Ginger” Barron Youth Trophy
The Ginger Barron Youth Trophy was presented for the first time in December 2015 to a member of the Youth Group who has shown progress and commitment during the season. It is presented annually at the Youth Group Championships in October (to a member of the QM Youth Group).
The Trophy has been donated in memory of Ginger (who died in 2015) by Ginger’s wife – Caroline Barron. Carline herself has many happy memories of learning to sail at QM in a Wayfarer and then racing at times in a Yeoman.
Ginger was one of the earliest members of Queen Mary Sailing Club in the 1970s, sailing an Enterprise, Ginger later moved into a Yeoman and did much to promote the keelboat class at the Club and further afield, through his involvement with the Class Association too. An inspiring fleet captain, he encouraged a thriving QM Yeoman fleet, seeing a regular turnout of anything up to 10 boats for Sunday Club racing. Whilst sailing at QM he competed in Open meetings all over the country and was the driving force in getting Yeoman sailors to hitch up and travel, trips to Scotland included. Good turnouts at Federation Week in Chichester Harbour continued for many years. Ginger was an excellent sailor, one of the top helms in the QM fleet, and he won numerous championships in his green Yeoman, “Fanatic”.
He ran a rigging business from his van and was a mainstay getting and keeping boats on the water. Always very friendly, he gave his time freely to sort out any technical problem: many a new shroud or kicker was found in his van as Ginger quickly got boats back on the water, often at the cost of being late to the start himself.
His technical expertise was not limited to setting up boats: As the first keelboats at QM, Yeomans were usually kept on moorings until Ginger put his professional engineering skills to work, helping the Club design and install the hoists we use to this day.
It was a sad loss for the Club when he moved down to the South coast, where his sailing continued with Alex Martin in an RS Elite at Hayling Island SC until 2012 and he continued to travel: they went one year to Belfast with the Elite to compete, and they also took part in the ARC transatlantic event of 2008.
New Year’s Day Trophy - The Steward's Cup
This cup was presented to the club by David Smith, the club’s original and long-serving bar steward. He gave the trophy to be sailed for on New Year’s Day (one week after the Boxing Day race) to encourage attendance at the club on that auspicious day.Dave was a cheerful character behind the bar in the days when that was the centre of activity after racing. However, his main claim to fame was that he processed the scoring for all the club series in the days when there were 12 classes (none of which were handicap classes) sailing 3 races each weekend. The scoring system used was ‘Ostrobogolous’ (invented by Bryan Willis) under which competitors only scored points for finishing ahead of those above them in the series – and all that was done manually by Dave every week!
Queen Mary Laser Open- Jan Werner Trophy
Jan (pronounced “Yan”), was a regular Laser sailor at QM up to his tragic death in a car accident in 2008. He was a talented helmsman and regular attendee at QM whilst working in the City and bringing up his young family. He was a formidable competitor who was always at the top end of the fleet and also a complete gentleman who was there to help you up the shore with your boat post racing and provide helpful advice and encouragement. We take a moment to remember him every year at the QM Open with the Jan Werner Trophy.
May Bank Holiday Trophy -Hadfield Trophy
John Hadfield was a in his late twenties in the early days of QMSC around the mid-1970s . He sailed an OK enthusiastically although he suffered some health problems. Sadly, one day while rigging his boat on a pontoon he collapsed and died. The trophy was presented to the club by his parents because of the enjoyment that sailing had provided in his short life. It is now awarded to the winner of the May Bank Holiday Pursuit Race.
Late May Bank Holiday Pursuit Race - Honey Pot Trophy
The Honey Pot Trophy was designed and commissioned by Jesper Garvin. The trophy is a beautiful silver bear with a honey-pot. Jesper was a honey merchant who imported honey from all over the world, blended and then marketed it to some big companies such as Kellogg’s. Jesper sailed a Yeoman for many years and the trophy originally was for one of the races at the Yeoman National Championships. On Jesper’s death the Honey Pot trophy was given to the club, by his son Tim Garvin (who currently sails a D1 and RS400) and is now awarded as a prize for the second May Bank Holiday Pursuit Race.
Club Championships Trophy - Tilly’s Tiller
This trophy pre-dates QMSC by a decade or more. It was originally presented by Tilly Simon for open competition at the Stock Exchange S C (which now lies under the M25 and Thorpe Park) where her husband, Neil, was commodore for several years.
Tilly was a founder member of QMSC and brought the trophy to the club where it was originally competed for on Boxing Day every year. It has been won by many eminent names in the past. Recently, with the consent of the Simon family, the trophy was re-allocated be awarded to the Club Champion.
Tilly Simon was a keen Merlin sailor and raced regularly at QMSC and the class nationals and other events, latterly frequently getting the award for ‘greatest total age in the boat’ with helm Harold Burton. She organised the club’s social activities over the first 15 or so years and was a member of the Club Council for several years. She was the matriarch of a sailing family of which members of the second, third and fourth generations are still sailing and/or involved with the sport.
RS400 Gold Fleet Trophy
This was donated by Paul Stainsby in 2015 and refurbished by Chris Stanton. Paul initially won this trophy at the Contender World Championships in Riva Del Garda in September 1984 where he achieved 7th place. As a long standing and distinguished member of the RS 400 fleet he felt that he had looked at it long enough and it would be nice to see the 400s compete for it.
Kenneth Chinery Trophy- Wednesday Evening Series Trophy
2016 Winners Andy & Jill Peters in RS200
Ken Chinery was a member of the club from circa 1974 and was an active member of the Mirror and Laser class dinghy squads. His wife, Sonja Chinery, wrote the Mirror Mag, a monthly magazine dedicated to the exploits of the QM Mirror class, and Ken sailed with his son, Danny and occasionally his daughter, Vivienne, although she often manned the committee boat and helped out their with the racing organisation. Ken was a very well liked member of the club, and would sail twice per week in the Sunday Mirror and the Wednesday handicap races.
Sadly, he suffered a heart attack at the club on the 7th March 1976 and regrettably passed away. The trophy was dedicated to Ken shortly afterwards and is a constant reminder of his time at the club.