On the occasion of the Finn World Masters in Skovshoved in 2019 the Finn Masters were kindly presented with Godet Challenge Trophy by one of the event sponsors. Godet is a producer of fine Cognacs in La Rochelle, France. It was presented in Skovshoved to Richard Hart on his achievement of winning the Super Legends, but as this was a duplication, the Master’s President decided to follow up on a suggestion to widen the scope of the cup to recognise exceptional work or achievement towards the objectives of the Finn Masters events.
As Richard Hart was the first recipient of the trophy, it was decided to backdate the winners to 2017 to acknowledge his extensive work on the early development of the randomised fleet controls that we still use today. Richard therefore appropriately remains the first name on the trophy.
On Richard’s suggestion, it was felt that two other persons had made a great contribution to our events in recent years and it was decided to make the 2018 award to Vasilis Pigadas, for not only organising the superb 2015 Finn World Masters in Kavala, Greece, but also arranging to have Richard’s allocation system set up as a computer programme rather than on an Excel spreadsheet, continuing its development.
The 2019 winner was Ray New for his extensive work on redesigning the system programme to allow us to continue with the randomised fleets and to avoid ties without a Medal Race.
It did not take long to decide who to award the Cup to in 2020. It is not any kind of compensation for the disappointment, but the 2020 winner is Jan Zetzema and his team on the organising committee for the Port Zelande Finn World Masters. The Masters Committee would like to acknowledge again the huge amount of work and enthusiasm that went into the event that never happened.
For the future, the trophy will be awarded to a person or group connected to the Finn Masters, not necessarily always a Finn sailor, who in the opinion of the Masters Committee has made an outstanding contribution to our community, to our events, to the objectives of promoting the Finn Masters.
2017 Richard Hart, GBR
2018 Vasilis Pigadas, GRE
2019 Ray New, GBR
2020 Jan Zetzema & FWM2020 OC, NED