The Lionel Shipway Medal recognises those Sabot sailors who have competed in six Sabot Nationals and/or Sabot Week Regattas. It is recognition of the efforts of sailors who consistently compete and apply themselves in junior sailing, irrespective of where they finish.
The medal is to be awarded at the Opening ceremony.
In the inaugural year, we are delighted that well known ocean yachtsman, media personality and former Sabot sailor, Peter Shipway, son of the late Lionel Shipway OAM will present the medals.
The medal honours the “father of Sabot sailing in Australia” the late Lionel Shipway who was the driving force when he and a group of other members of Vaucluse Amateur 12′ Sailing Club obtained plans from New Zealand and set about building and promoting the Sabot as a junior class. Five boats were built at the club and at members’ homes, including one in the Shipway’s lounge-room.
The first Sabot race was held at Vaucluse on Sydney Harbour in November 1958 and Peter Shipway recalls “Dad was on the helm and I was crew as an eight year old”.
Lionel Shipway was still at the helm as he arranged construction of many building jigs and he led and encouraged other twelve-foot skiff class clubs to introduce Sabots and Sabot learn-to-sail training programs. Within two years around 70 Sabots were sailing at Lane Cove, Abbotsford and Vaucluse.
On Australia Day 2001 Lionel Shipway was awarded the Order of Australia Medal “for services to sailing through promotion of the Sabot class and the instruction of juniors, and to junior rugby union.”
With kind acknowledgement to Peter Campbell, Yachting Journalist.