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28 January, 2017




Ron Stigant -  GP14 Honarary Membership Presentation 2005

The highlight of the 2005 Prize Night was the awarding by the International Association of Honorary Membership to Ron Stigant.

Ron first sailed in a GP in 1957 at Aberdovey and in 1970 built his own GP at Albany in Western Australia before moving to Mounts Bay Sailing Club in Perth in 1972. Ron hardly missed a sailing day during that time and contributed tirelessly to the Association before retiring from sailing in 2004 at the age of 79. He won the State Championship 10 times between 1987 and 2000, won the Mounts Bay Sailing Club Championship 11 times between 1987 to 2000 and was Western Australian Association Chair from 1978 to 1980, 1988 to 1989, 1991 to 1993 and 1995 to 1997. Ron was chair of the WA Branch when the World Championships were held in Australia in 1979 and was also instrumental in the production of a mould for the current WA GP14s. Messages of congratulation were received from International Association dignitaries Paul Simes, Hilary Davies, Graham Knox, Ken Bennetts, Bill Haldane and Derek Baker. Mike Igglesden spoke about Ron's involvement in GP14 sailing and discussed his achievements over the years.

In accepting the award Ron thanked the International Association for bestowing the honour and stressed that it also recognised those past and present members who had kept the flag flying in Australia for the last 40 years.

Ron Stigant receiving a certificate from  Rob Spinks, Chair of the Western Australian Association, to commemorate the occasion.