Competitions & Awards

Competitions

During the year there are boat handling competitions – tidal and non-tidal, including competitions for children and novices as well as navigation tests at sea and in sheltered waters. The TMYC has a long tradition of entering competent crews for other organised events both here, and abroad.

Holehaven
A navigational competition in sheltered waters. Inaugurated in 1934, is a fixed throttle, competition where craft nominate their own speed, starting when they wish and fix their throttles with the objective of crossing the finishing line as near as possible to a declared time. Fast boats have no advantage over slower vessels. It was originally over a course from a London PLA Pier to Holehaven, as the name implies, but various commercial developments have necessitated changes in the course from time to time and in 1974 the competition was held on the Thames from Greenwich to the West Blyth buoy and back up river to the Long Reach mile marker. In 2009 it was re-designated as Passage Planning. From 2019 this competition no longer takes place.

Deepwater
The senior navigation competition takes place seaward off the Nore, (usually in the Thames
Estuary, but in 2000 took place off Ostend) combining navigational skills with a fixed throttle reliability trial. The first trophy was presented in 1949. From 2019 this competition no longer takes place.

Braggart’s
Devised in 1961, to find those who best know the maximum speed of their craft. Open to all club members, the winner is who comes closest to meeting their declared top speed with throttles wide open. From 2019 this competition no longer takes place.

Tideway
The Tideway Trophy Competition was devised to encourage members, particularly those recently joining the Club, to venture on the Thames below Teddington Lock but without cruising beyond the Pool of London. A boat handling exercise for the less experienced, particularly for new club members, on the tidal Thames below Teddington Lock. This competition started in 1969.

Senior Watermanship
For experienced crews, it is the premier watermanship competition of the club. A boat-handling exercise held at Club headquarters for skipper and two crew.
Originated in 1952 as just the Watermanship, and renamed to Senior Watermanship in 1974.

Family Watermanship
Simple and light-hearted competitions first run in 1974. Held at Club headquarters, the tests are devised to improve efficiency of crew in simple exercises and emergency manoeuvres that they may not always undertake in day-to-day boating. Intended to be as fun as possible. As the title suggests, the constraint is that an entire crew is from one family.

Couples Cup
As for the Family Watermanship, but for couples only, i.e. skipper and one crew.

Junior Watermanship
A boat handling competition for the junior members of the Club, first held in 1953, held at club headquarters.

Jubilee Cup
A single-handed competition first held in 1980, the Club’s Golden Jubilee Year. Introduced to test the ability of skippers to handle their craft without assistance.
Consisting of various boat handling exercises, it is intended to show that skippers would be able to manoeuvre their vessel in the event of an emergency during which the crew have been totally disabled.

Veteran’s Cup
A single-handed competition for gentlemen aged 65 and over, and ladies over 49.
Re-designated for 2019: This is now a single-handed boat-handling competition for members with over 20 years boating experience.


Awards


All these Club Member awards are announced and presented at the End of Season Dinner.

Some of the awards are for boat-handling competitions. Click here to see the definitions and history of our competitions.

Braggarts Cup

Donated by P.Frank Pooley, Commodore of the Club 1960.
Best Boat and Crew at Sail Past, judged by flag officers and President.
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Braggarts 1st place)

Braggarts Cup

Donated by P.Frank Pooley.
Best First-Timer Cruising the Tideway to the Sea Reach Channel / RiverMedway.
Recommended by Flag officers on the cruise and cruise organiser.
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Braggarts 2nd place)

Levison Trophy

Donated by Cammy Levison in 1972
Available for re-designation
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Braggarts 3rd place)

Elise Watkins Trophy

This Perpetuity Trophy was donated in 1950 by C.C. Watkins, Commodore of the Club 1945
Round an island on the non-tidal Thames fixed throttle competition – 1st place.
Awarded on judged competition result. 
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Holehaven 1st place)

Bert Ryeland London

Donated by Lt. Comdr. H.M. Pinnell.
Round an island on the non-tidal Thames fixed throttle competition – 2nd place.
Awarded on judged competition result. 
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Holehaven 2nd place)

Bert Ryeland London

Donated by Lt. Comdr. H.M. Pinnell.
Round an island on the non-tidal Thames fixed throttle competition – 3rd place.
Awarded on judged competition result. 
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Holehaven 3rd place)

Tideway Plaque

Donated by Lt. Comdr.Charles Barber, MBE, RNVR.
Tideway 1st placeawarded on judged competition result.

Billet Doux Cup

Donated by Leonard and Bodil Cowling 1980.
Tideway 2nd place awarded on judged competition result.

Barbarina K Award

Donated by Michael Shefras in 1974.
Best boat at Charity Children’s Day.
Awarded by the Hon. Sec., Commodore and representative from the Charity.
(Prior to 2019 was awarded to Family Watermanship 1st place)

Bella Linda Cup

Donated by L.H. Brooks in 1975.
Family Watermanship 1st place, awarded on judged competition result.
(Prior to 2019 was awarded for Family Watermanship 2nd place)

Zebulin Award

Donated by Geoff Latter, 1979.
Family Watermanship 2nd place, awarded on judged competition result.
(Prior to 2019 was awarded for Family Watermanship 3rd place)

Jolly Rotter Cup

Donated by Ivor Arbiter, Commodore 1984
Couples Cup competition 1st place, awarded on judged result..

Presidents Cup

Donated in 1984 by J.R. Pearce, OBE, President
Couples Cup competition 2nd place, awarded on judged result..

Corona Mia Trophy

Donated by Maria Quinn
Veteran’s Cup 1st place awarded on judged competition result.

Phinola Cup

Donated by Phil Pennicott
Veteran’s Cup 2nd place awarded on judged competition result.

Deepwater Perpetuity

Donated in 1949 by J.C. Dudgeon,Commodore of the Club, whose house name was Deepwater !
Award for contribution to tidal summer cruise.
Recommended by Flag officers on the cruise and cruise organiser.
(Prior to 2019 this trophy was for the Deepwater competition 1st place)

Eight Bells Cup

Donated in 1964 by Richard Felmingham, Commodore of the Club.
Award for contribution to non-tidal summer cruise.
Recommended by Flag officers on the cruise and cruise organiser.
(Prior to 2019 this trophy was for the Deepwater competition 2nd place)

Lady Warmond Cup

Donated in 1965 by T.R. Boote, Commodore of the Club
Available for re-designation 
(Prior to 2019 this trophy was for the Deepwater competition 3rd place)

Taras Cup

Donated by Leslie Westbrook, Commodore of the Club 1971.
Senior Watermanship 1st place, awarded on judged competition result.

Kandora Salver

Donated by Eric Hartwell, Commodore of the Club 1969
Senior Watermanship 2nd place, awarded on judged competition result.

Poggiare Salver

Donated by Bob and Tricia Smith, Commodore 1979
Senior Watermanship 3rd place, awarded on judged competition result.

Holmes Triers Cup

Donated by Bob Holmes, in 1977, Assistant Hon. Secretary
Best 1st-time entry in any club competitive boating event.
Awarded by the Competitions and Cruising Committee and competition results
(Prior to 2019 this trophy was for the Senior Watermanship best 1st time entry)

Royal Sabine Cup

Donated by Mark Warner, 1980.
1st place Jubilee Cup, awarded on judged competition result.

Silver Otter Award

Donated by Harry Brown in 1981.
2nd place Jubilee Cup, awarded on judged competition result.

Devera Ladies Award

Donated by Vera McNair 
Member who has boated well in the year, awarded by the Competitions and Cruising Committee.
(Prior 2019 this was awarded to the lady who boated well)

Bent Banana

Donated by TMYC.
Awarded by the Managing Committee to someone who has achieved a humorous boating event.

Commodores Award

Donated by TMYC. 
Awarded by the Commodore to a member, not on the committee, who has worked hard during the Commodore’s year.

Commodores Special

Donated by TMYC.
Awarded by the Commodore to a Committee member who has worked hard during the Commodore’s year.

Friendship Trophy

Donated by Maria Bradley
Act above call of duty, awarded by the Managing Committee

Ian Neville Plate

Donated by Ian Neville
Particular Act of Valour, awarded by the Managing Committee

Diana Sue Plate

Donated by David Bader-Clynes
Retiring from office, awarded by the Managing Committee

Karen Rae Trophy

Donated by (Parents) Rae
Young person who has shown promise.
Awarded by the Competitions and Cruising Committee

Upper Thames Cup

Donated in 1962 by T. Dilks, Commodore of the Club 1961.
Best up river log.
Awarded by the Competitions and Cruising Committee

North Sea Trophy

Perpetual trophy first presented in 1954 by the North Sea Yacht Club, Ostend.
Best Tidal Log, awarded by the Competitions and Cruising Committee

Lionel Ward

Donated by Lionel Ward
First time channel crossing (over 1 week)
Recommended by Flag officers on the cruise and cruise organiser
(Prior 2019 this award was for Visitors Seniors Trophy (re-designated 1974 to Victor Ludoram)).

Wilby Ondara Cup

Donated by Ray Wilby
Junior Watermanship 1st, awarded on judged competition result.

Stuart James Cup

Donated by Bev Stuart James
Junior Watermanship 2nd, awarded on judged competition result

Santer

Donated by Nicholas Santer
Junior Watermanship under 9 years old, awarded on judged competition result.

Channel Trophy

Donated by Hon. Secretary Derek Prentice in 2018, Commodore of the Club 2014.
Award for sustained commitment to the Club’s ethos of Channel Cruising.
Recommendation by the Competitions and Cruising Committee.

Yachtmaster Scroll

Donated by TMYC, introduced from 2019
Best achievement on the RYA Yachtmaster Course.
Awarded by the Yachtmaster Instructor and School Principle.

Day Skipper Scroll

Donated by TMYC, introduced from 2019
Best achievement on the RYA Day Skipper Cours.e
Awarded by the Day Skipper Instructor and School Principle.