N Nominee: John Gratton
N Nominated by: SA Sabre Sailing Assocation
2 2007/08 Achievements:
1 1st ~ Sabre Australian Championship
1 1st ~ Sabre Australian Championship – Veterans (60+) Division
1 1st ~ Sabre State Championship
1 1st ~ Brighton & Seacliff Sailing Club - Club Champion
O Other Achievements :
· John won the Sabre Australian Championships held at Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club in a fleet of 71 boats.
· John competed in the Australian Masters Games held in Adelaide during 2007. He won the Sabre division outright and also the Veteran (60+) category. He has also competed in the Games held here in 1999 and 2005. Winning a total of 4 gold and 1 silver medals in the Sabre class.
· For his outstanding achievements during the season John was awarded the “Peter Sievewright Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding Club Sailor” by the Brighton & Seacliff Sailing Club.
· John was also awarded “Life membership” of the Sabre Sailing Association of SA in 2008.
· John has sailed in Gwen 12, 505, Sharpie, NS14 and Sabre classes over the last 45 years. In that time he has won 47 Australia, 17 State and 29 Club Championships. He has competed in a total of 22 Australian Championships in 4 dinghy classes: Gwen 12, 505, NS14 and Sabre
· John is also actively involved at Australian, State and Club level in radio controlled yacht racing as a member of the Adelaide Radio Controlled Yacht Racing Club and has won numerous championships in the IOM and RM classes - 2 x 2nd , 3 x 3rd in Australian Championships and 19 State Championships.
· John is also a member of the Brighton & Seacliff Yachting Club race advisory committee since 1996.
· John has conducted coaching and mentoring roles at State and Club level for Sabre members.