A prize-giving to mark the end of the 2020 sailing season was held last Friday at the Apia Yacht Club.
Sailors, parents, volunteers and their families all gathered to celebrate the year's achievements.
A special note of thanks was extended by Commodore, Seiuli Ian Black, and the Yacht Club executive to the hardworking 2020 fleet-captain, Raema von Reiche.
The captain was singled out for her special contribution to the sport this year.
Parents and volunteers who assisted sailors on Saturday sailing days were also acknowledged by Seiuli.
"We especially thank our partners at the Maritime School, of the National University of Samoa for their representatives that volunteer," Seiuli said.
"We acknowledge your valuable contribution to sailing development at the Apia Yacht Club.
"We also acknowledge our kind and generous Corporate Sponsors, who have helped us develop Sailing further this year, especially enabling few local sailors to take up Sailing lessons this year.
"[We especially thank] our major partners for these past two years: Transam Samoa, the Hogarth family, the Taula Beverage Company, [and the] National Bank of Samoa.
"Your sponsorship has enabled the Apia Yacht Club to develop sailing further, and also has given others an opportunity they may not have had."
End of sailing season 2020 prize-giving results:
POINTSCORE SERIES :
Presentations done by Commodore ( Ian Black,) Vice Commodore ( Derek Rasmussen, Past Commodore ( Paul Davies) , Vice Patron (Ainslie Ferenczy ), & Member ( Carolyn Brewer)
OPTIMIST CLASS :
First Place : Leisina Rasmussen
Second Place : Xavier Rasmussen
Third Place : Tyra Betham
First Place : Sumner Rasmussen
Second Place : Osana Selu Patrick
Third Place : Elizabeth Rasch
HOBIE CLASS TEAMS:
First Place : Filemoni Paialii Afe and PosesionePosesione
Perpetual Trophy donated by Luana von Reiche
Second Place : Melvin GROEN & Anthony (Tony) Brewer
Third Place : Rachel Boyer and Ina Vaafusuaga
Tyra Betham : Most Improved Optimist Female Sailor
Alex Meredith : Most Improved Optimist Male Award
Perpetual Trophy : Betham & Meredith have jointly won the Michael Rose Memorial Trophy
Osana Selu Patrick : Most Improved Laser Sailor ( Male ) ( Awarded the Perpertual Trophy donated by Sails at Mulinu'u
Ocean Seumanutafa : Most Improved Laser Sailor ( Female )
Perpetual Trophy : Donated by Leilua family
Melvin Groen : Most improved Hobie Male
Rachel Boyer : Most Improved Hobie Female
A crucial milestone for development of Sailing in Samoa :
WORLD SAILING & Samoa Sailing Association : Level 2 , 2020
INSTRUCTORS Certificates : Awarded to
Benjamin Hansell and Vaimooia Ripley
Best Race Committee: Karleen Rasmussen , Elena Tusitala, Lyvia Black, Helen Seumanutafa
Best All Rounder: Tony Brewer
Best Safety Boat & Mark Boat: Derek Rasmussen
Safety Boat: Acknowledgement to : Ray & Eyring of NUS Maritime School Seumanutafa
Captain of Gaualofa Capt. Karl Steffany
Quiet Achiever Award: Bella Rasch
INAUGURAL AWARDS :
Fleet Captain Award:
Awarded to Sailor Leisina Rasmussen
Awarded to Sailor Posesione Posesione