Paphos International Sailing Cub – December 2023

The exceptionally good weather during the month provided superb sailing at Agios Georgios for members of Paphos International Sailing Club (PISC). According to Rear Commodore (Sailing), John Huggett, as many as 17 boats took to the sea every Thursday and Saturday. There were two sailing competitions: a quarterly competition which is ongoing and a monthly competition. The Monthly Mug sailing competition was won by Lyuba & Vadim Pankratov. Barbara Jones and Robin Marsh are leading in the Autumn Series.

Once again there were many well-attended events at the Clubhouse which is located between Coral Bay and Sea Caves. Members and their guests met there regularly every Tuesday evening and Friday lunchtime. During the month the Halloween Supper was a great success with everyone dressing up for the spooky occasion.

The Laying Up Supper was also well attended with over seventy members there to watch the awards ceremony. The following members won awards:

  • The Commodore’s Shield – Kay Melville & Peter Wade
  • Training trophy – The whole team – Peter Wade, David Brown, Paul Hutten-Ashkenny, Brian Layng, Tony Edwards & Ian Stevenson.
  • The Rookie sailor of the year – Marina Shalyapina
  • Dinghy sailor of the year – Ivan Lazarev
  • Ken Stewart Memorial Trophy – Tony Crow
  • Aphrodite Trophy (Female sailor) – Lyuba Pankratova
  • Onshore Trophy – Kate Mantz
  • Offshore Trophy -Tony Edwards
  • Youth Trophy – Timofey Shalyapina

Commodore Mick Dent said that two members deserved to share the Commodore’s Shield this year due to their exceptional work for the club: Kay Melville for standing in to manage the clubhouse and Peter Wade for his outstanding contribution to sailing activities for the club.

Commodore Dent congratulated all the members of the Training Team for their sterling work training members, many of whom are new young members.

We received an extraordinary request from a young German sailor, 13 year-old Emma Seegart who wanted to take part in the German Championships – Open Skiff Class. To do so she had to be a member of an International Sailing Club, so she asked if PISC could help. We were happy to oblige and Emma represented PISC and Cyprus in the Championships held at Alster Lake, Hamburg at the start of October, with thirty other youngsters taking part. Well done Emma.

Lara Mitchell our Social Secretary, has arranged a full programme of social activities for the forthcoming weeks, including a Christmas Jumper event. There will be quizzes and of course the famous Christmas Raffle will be drawn. Besides the €100 Christmas Hamper. winners will receive over thirty other great prizes.

PISC is a very active sailing club which offers all types of sailing, including sail training (PISC is an accredited member of the CYSAF — Cyprus Sailing Federation). PISC has trained over twenty people to sail this year alone and bookings are now being taken for Spring / Summers Courses, so if you would like to join us and learn how to sail please contact us via our website below.

PISC is an extremely friendly club and new members are really encouraged and of course, anyone wishing to learn to sail is given full support and training. We even have boats to buy and club dinghies are available for new members’ use. Social members are also welcome to enjoy the hospitality at our impressive clubhouse.

If you want to know more about this incredible sailing club, contact us on – [email protected]

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