Rows of polished white chairs on the south lawn of the Tiverton Yacht Club quickly filled up as proud parents, grandparents and many aunts and uncles took their seats to watch their children receive a meritorious award for their sailing abilities. Over 200 people were in attendance.
Last night was the annual Sail Training awards Night where ninety students were recognized at the completion of the summer program.
It was also a fashion show for the youngsters. Young girls in pastel shaded dresses, some with bright plaids or horizontal stripes, looked adorably mature as they received recognition for their sailing achievements. A few wore anchors on their sleeveless dresses while one young lady stood out with beautiful and colorful red and yellow buoys on her blue dress. Most complimented their summer dresses with single strap sandals or deep blue clogs. Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, many boys chose button down Oxford shirts in blue or pink hues. At least four shirts sported the Vineyard Vines whale while others were noted for their nautical patterns.
Teresa O'Connor, committee chair, acted as mistress of ceremonies for the event. The cloudy skies provided relief from the afternoon sun and enabled proud parents to take better pictures of their smiling children.
In her welcoming remarks, Teresa noted the many accomplishments of the sailors in the program and in the many regattas held at various yacht clubs along Narragansett Bay and Cuttyhunk.
Teresa continued to say that, "TYC is the coolest club on the Bay". This summer program is also promoting Clean Ocean Sustainability by giving students bags to remove trash from the waters in which they sail daily.
The TYC Sail Training Program is designed to provide a safe and fun environment where students learn to sail, improve their sailing skills and learn to race. The program is based on USSailing curriculum with Meredith Collins as the head instructor. She has twelve sailing instructors working in the program.
The hour-long event saw awards given to dozens of youngsters for their skills. Cheers and giggles from the very young greeted groups of sailors as they lined up for picture taking. This continued until the last
segment of the event when the three prestigious Awards were made.
The Commodore's Award for best sailor was given to Avin Ramratnam. It was presented by Vice Commodore Marc Pfeiffer in the absence of Commodore Phyllis Ibbotson.
Owen Collins was presented with the Bob Bergland Award by Ann Bergland Lanz who spoke of the brilliant sailing career of her late husband which included two trans-Atlantic Sailing Races.
Chloe Katz and Moxie Mills received the John Fonseca Award. The late Mr. Fonseca was the catalyst in improving the direction of the sail program over thirty years ago.
Prior to the ceremony guests were treated to a summer buffet of burgers, dogs and a marinated fried chicken that sizzled on hot charcoal grills. The smell was as inviting as the sweet taste was to the palette.
During the buffet, Neil D'Attelo provided easy listening dinner music on his keyboard. He is a well accomplished young musician and an asset to our club.
Summer activities continue at the club on Thursday Night when California Cuisine will be featured.
Hope to see you there!