The Youth Trophy is named after the cruising yacht Youth (originally built by and skippered in a remarkable 18 year global cruising marathon by Alan Quigley). It is open to members of any South Australian Yacht Club. The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS) is custodian of the Trophy.
“The Trophy shall be awarded annually for personal achievement in cruising, with regard for seamanship, and which demonstrates personal endeavour and enterprise. A critical factor in assessing entries shall be the degree to which it is evident that the experience has not simply increased the skills of the entrant, but has significantly changed the entrant’s view and perception of self (e.g. enhancing self confidence or self reliance, or increased self awareness of some propensity of character) to the enrichment of the entrant’s future capacity for experiencing his/her life”
from Erik Mack’s original deed establishing the Youth Trophy, 1987.
Magnitude of achievement in terms of:
Adequacy of preparations for cruise of:
Enhancement of seamanship and other skills, especially in dealing with unusual and challenging events and situations before and during the cruise.
Written entries addressing the assessment criteria above should be submitted to the Cruising Committee RSAYS.
Entries should be accompanied by supporting evidence in relation to all these assessment criteria, evidence such as:
The winner of the Trophy will be announced at an Award presentation to be held later in the year. The winner is expected to give a talk about their winning entry at the presentation.