List of Club Trophies Competed for Since 1899
Kiel 1938 Regatta Prize
As well as the Cambridge sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing trophies listed here, the Club also has some trophies won, and artefacts acquired, over the years. The most notable is the Marine Hitler Jugend (Youth) plate won at Kiel in 1938 by J F Paxton and Brian D’Arcy-Irvine. (Personal links that follow are to Wikipedia.) A CUCrC team of Stewart Morris and J F Paxton (Seniors) plus Brian D’Arcy-Irvine, John Blewitt, Michael Ellison, and Keith George (Juniors) took part in the event.
Ellison (1st) and Blewitt (3rd) won the team event (actually an inter-club fleet race) by beating three other teams, including a Hitler Youth team. The ‘Youth’ plate is a trophy that Paxton and D’Arcy-Irvine won for 2nd best foreign team later in the week. The trophy has a dent because Stewart Morris dropped it during its presentation to him – as a protest against fascism.
All these items are the responsibility of the Club Trophy Trustee. The ‘Inland Regatta’ mentioned below was a day long event in May Week, held 1899-1978. The last Regatta of which there is a record was held in 1977 at Hunts SC. The ‘Marine Meeting’ was a week-long event held at some coastal location at the end of June – before the Varsity Match – from 1903 until 1966. The last Marine Meetings were held on Osea Island on the River Blackwater in 1977 and 1978.
Before the days of structured RYA dinghy training, members were classed as experienced (‘A’), somewhat experienced (‘B’), and inexperienced (‘C’). Class ‘A’ sailed with and instructed Class ‘C’; Class ‘B’ members sailed together. This is what has given rise to the letter designations in the lists that follow. Use the links below the next paragraph to access the item you are interested in.
An excellent history of the Tozer Cup by David Knight is available on this website. This is a large (5Mb) PDF file, but it contains a good many interesting photographs, so it is worth waiting for the download. Page 11 contains an account of the Anglo-Swiss team racing on Lake Thun in 1939 (won), and Page 14 an account of Iain Macdonald-Smith’s Gold Medal win in the 1968 Olympics.
Trophies in Competition
|Yule Oldham (Varsity) Cup||For the annual team racing match with Oxford University||Presented by Henry Yule Oldhamin 1928 (the previous trophy, the Spender Cup, having been lost).||A fine silver cup|
|O&CSS 75th Anniversary Ladies Salver||For the annual ladies team racing match with Oxford University||Presented by the Oxford & Cambridge Sailing Societyin 2009 on the occasion of the Society’s 75th Anniversary.||A fine silver salver|
|Paul Cox Windsurfing Trophy||For the annual windsurfing match with Oxford University||Constructed by Chris Addison and presented by him in 2005. Renamed in in 2013 in memory of Paul Cox, an Oxford windsurfer who competed in the Varsity Match of 2005 and died a few years after going down.||A piece of driftwood mounted with two brass windsurfers|
|Jubilee Tankard||For the second team in the annual windsurfing Varsity Match||Instituted 1955 for Saturday races in Class ‘A’. Re-purposed for windsurfing in 2016.||A pewter tankard|
|George Cockshott Cup (AKA Eurynome Bowl||For a match racing Varsity Match||Presented by George Cockshottin 1950 for a novices race at the Marine Meeting. Re-purposed for match racing in 2014 and a plinth added in 2015 to record winners.||A fine silver cup won originally by George Cockshott in his yacht ‘Eurynome’ in 1903|
|Challenge Cup||For the second team in the match racing Varsity Match||Presented in 1965-66 by the Undergraduate Officers and Committee for a Michaelmas Term Club Championship (also called St Ives Week). Re-purposed in 2014 for match racing and a plinth added in 2019 to record winners.||A small EPNS cup|
|Queenborough Cup||On loan to CUYC for the yachting Varsity Match||Presented by the Royal Thames YCin 1950 and used in indeterminate ways until 2004, when it was re-purposed for yachting. The ‘2004’ yachting Varsity Match actually took place in Nov 2003.||A fine large silver cup, plinth missing|
|Cambridge (Cam) Cup||For the Lent Term invitation team racing event||Presented by Stewart Morrisand G C Tozer in 1933 as the Morris Cruising Goblet for the best cruising log of the year. Re-purposed for team racing in 1999.||A a fine silver chalice with engraved burgee, lost in 2000 and recovered in 2013|
|Yule Oldham (Cuppers) Cup||For Team Racing Cuppers||Presented by Henry Yule Oldhamin 1924.||A fine silver cup|
|Royal Harwich YC Swordfish Tankard||For Team Racing Cuppers (Silver Fleet)||Won by Club members in 1948. Re-purposed for Cuppers in 2016.||A pewter tankard|
|Brindly Cup||For Windsurfing Cuppers||A fine cup presented by H H Brindley in 1956 for a single-handed race at the Marine Meeting. Re-purposed for Cuppers in 2013.||First won by H H Brindly in a single-handed race at the 1909 Marine Meeting held at Poole|
|Monthly Challenge Cup Class ‘C’||For Windsurfing Cuppers (Silver Fleet)||Instituted 1955 for fleet racing. Re-purposed for Cuppers in 2016.||A pewter tankard|
Trophies Held in Reserve
|Gosnell Cup||For an annual new members race||Presented in 1939 by Mrs Gosnell in memory of her husband Ralph, Vice Commodore 1923-25 & 1936-39.||A fine silver rose bowl and wooden plinth, originally won outright in 1902 (3 consecutive victories) by Ralph Gosnell in his 5 Rater at Tamesis SC|
|Tozer Cup||For a weekly series of races in Class ‘A’||Presented by G C Tozer in 1929.||A fine silver tankard by a noted silversmith of the time – lost in the 1970’s and returned in 2004|
|Hounsell-Dammers Clock||For a single-handed series at the Marine Meeting||Presented by B F Hounsell-Dammers in 1924. Previously the trophy had been an annual ‘Presidents Cup’.||Mechanism needs repair|
|Saturday Points Cups||For Classes ‘B’ and ‘C’||Instituted in 1955.||Pewter tankards|
|Simpson-Channel-Winter Cup||For a single-handed match race at the Inland Regatta between the winners of the Clover and Lightning Cups||Presented in 1899 by Evelyn Simpson, Commodore 1899-1903. Won outright (three consecutive victories) in 1902 by A W Channel, Vice Commodore 1903-04, who re-presented it as the Channel Cup. Won outright again in 1935 by J K Winter, Rear Commodore 1933-34, who re-presented it as the Winter Cup.||A fine, large silver cup, stolen in a major burglary at the family home of the holder Bruce Burnett in the summer of 1978|
|Lightning Cup||Open to Junior Members for single-handed sailing at the Inland Regatta||Presented by J K Winter in 1935.||A nice silver cup, stolen in a major burglary at the family home of the holder Bruce Burnett in the summer of 1978|
|Clover Cup||Open to Senior Members for single-handed sailing at the Inland Regatta||Presented by Stewart Morrisin 1933.||A a fine silver chalice with engraved burgee|
|Lowles Cups||For helmsman and crew in a double-handed series at the Marine Meeting||Presented by Sir Geoffrey Lowles in 1955. From 1903 the trophies had been annual ‘Commodores and Vice Commodores Cups’; from 1925 the ‘Vice Commodores Silver Bollard Inkstands’ (lost in the early 1950s).||Rather ornate cups|
|Bill Smith Trophy||For new members who have not raced before joining the Club||Presented in 1952 by Mrs Smith in memory of her son W E Smith.||Aneroid barometer|
|Leaf Cup||For weekly races in Class ‘B’||Presented by Charles S Leafin 1929.||A tankard|
|Hayward-Coles Tankard||For weekly races in Class ‘C’||Presented by G W Hayward and R R Coles in 1950.||A tankard|
|Monthly Challenge Cups||For monthly races||Instituted in 1955 (Classes ‘A’ and ‘B’).||Pewter tankards|
|Coffee Drinkers Cup||For mixed double-handed sailing at the Inland Regatta||Instituted in 1959.||A pewter tankard|
|Cruising Cup||For the best ‘student’ cruising log of the year||Instituted in 1926 for competition amongst members who had matriculated less than 6 years previously.||Only the plinth remains|
Sir Geoffrey Lowles (Of Lost Lowles Cups)
Sir Geoffrey Lowles played a significant role in Itchenor SC at the time of the possible merger with the Royal Corinthian YC in 1937. He went on to purchase the first four Fireflies produced by Fairy Marine (Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum), and remained active in the Itchenor club throughout his life.