Lifetime Achievement Award
2011 - 12 Michael Fletcher
Mike Fletcher’s involvement in sailing stretches back more than 60 years and includes success at the highest level. Mike has been involved in some of Australia’s most famous sailing moments, including the 1983 America’s Cup win and nine Olympic Games.
Mike first got into sailing at five years of age and has been in and around boats ever since. After learning a trade as an engineer he became a sail maker which led him to teaching people to tune boats. Mike went to the 1972 Olympic Games as a reserve where his ended up working with John Cuneo and his Dragon, both before and during the Olympics. After this he was asked to become the Australian Olympic coach, the first time that the team had direct coaching support. Since then he has been involved in nine Olympic Games, five as head coach.
2010 - 11 Ian Kingsford-Smith, Jim Orrell and Gary Ticehurst
All three individuls have given so much to sailing over the years.
2009 -10 Tony Mooney
Tony has served the sport of sailing in numerous voluntary and administration roles for the past 57 years. Tony has been a part of International Juries at three Olympic Games, three Volvo Round the World Races, the Admirals Cup, seven Southern Cross Cups, five Kenwood Cups, eight World Championships and countless National and International regattas.
Tony has continued to provide valuable advice to Yachting Australia and remains and influential figure in areas of Racing Rules and Regulations around the world.
Kevin has been involved in sailing since the mid- 1950s, originally through Chelsea Yacht Club and then with Royal Brighton Yacht Club before joining the Sandringham Yacht Club in 1984. Kevin has also been heavily involved in the Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race and Melbourne stopover for the Volvo Round the World Race.
Kevin was a Yachting Australia delegate to ISAF for eight years from 2000 and is a Life Member of Sandringham Yacht Club.
2008-09 John Flower
John has been a significant contributor to sailing since 1969, his involvement with the Western Australian Yachting Foundation as president from 1994-2008 has seen the development of many yachting events and has led to an increased awareness and involvement in the sport of sailing. John was on the yachting Australia Board from 2002 until 2008 and was an ISAF Committee Member from 1994 through till 1998. John has also held a number of positions within the World Match Racing Conference including being President in 1994 and 1995.
John has made a lifetime of contribution to sailing for more than 30 years and has had total dedication to the professional keel boat race management for over 20 years. John embodies the spirit of cooperation between Yacht Clubs on Sydney Harbour and regulatory and safety authorities,including New South Wales Maritime. He has played an important role in managing numerous state and national classes for various keelboat and dinghy classes.
Edmund Michael Burke
Mike has dedicated his whole life to sailing and water related activities, with 34 years of dedicated service to the sailing and boating industry to date. Mike has been involved as Sailing and sailing School Manager, served on various committees and was an RQYS delegate to Yachting Queensland before taking up a position on the association's board.
2007-08 Graeme Owens
International Judge, Graeme Owens from the Royal Perth Yacht Club has dedicated himself to ensuring that sailboat racing is run correctly and to the highest standards. A member and Chairman of numerous committees spanning over 50 years including Yachting Australia's Racing Rules Committee, Race Officials Committee, National Judges Sub-Committee, National Umpires Sub-Committee and Appeals Review Committee, Yachting Western Australia's Racing Rules Committee, Executive Committee and the president of two State Associations. Graeme is a prolific author and writer of the original ISAF Call Book for Umpiring as well as the Umpiring and Match Racing Manual. Graeme has educated others within all these areas of the sport so sharing the tremendous depth of knowledge and skills and he has done all of this on a voluntary basis.
Harry has contributed to the sport of Yachting since he was a young man and has been an active member of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club for 56 years as a passionate participant in the sport, winning three Australian titles and numerous State titles. it is his efforts ensuring that others maximize their enjoyment of the sport that is most impressive. with over 30 years experience as a Race Officer including all aspects of race management, regatta organisation and administration as well as training and mentoring for up-and-coming race officials and young sailors, representing a wide range of classes from Etchells to Sabots and Cadets.
In 2008 the Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced to acknowledge the outstanding contributions to sailing or boating after an involvement of at least 20 years.