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A M Merrington trophy won by JUDITH

Date: c 1944
Dimensions:
Overall: 233 x 135 x 101 mm, 0.6 kg
Medium: Silverplate, bakelite base
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Nance Melvaine
Object Name: Trophy
Object No: 00004652
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    A trophy presented by the Greenwich 16-foot sailing club. Engraved on the cup is 'Greenwich 16ft. Sailing club 1944- 45 season A.M. Merrington trophy. Won by JUDITH Skipper l. Whitton'.
    SignificanceSkiff racing was incredibly popular on Sydney Harbour and remains a recreational and competitive staple on weekends to this day. For competitors and spectators alike, the speed and agility of this class of smaller boats is hard to beat.
    HistoryGreenwich Sailing Club has been sailing on Sydney Harbour since 1938.
    The Sydney Morning Herald on 26 September, 1938 announced:
    "Greenwich 16 Sailing Club
    The Minister of Health, Mr Fitzsimmons opened a clubhouse for the Greenwich 16 foot Sailing Club on Saturday afternoon.
    Mr Fitzsimmons said there was no more healthy recreation than sailing "I am strongly in favour of the sport which our splendid harbour makes possible in a wonderful way, and to inculcate a love of this in the youth of the community is a splendid thing."
    The clubhouse has accommodation for the boats and provision for recreation. It was built with the assistance of the Lane Cove Council and local supporters."

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