WHITSUNDAY sailor Paul Mitchell was awarded the Whitsunday Sailing Club's coveted title of Yachtsperson of the Year at the Commodore's Ball on Saturday night.
Commodore Rob Davis said throughout 2011 Paul had flown the WSC banner at a variety of events, winning the Victorian 505 state championships, coming eighth in the Etchells nationals (for the first time in this class) and 28th in the 505 world championships held on Hamilton Island earlier this year.
Mitchell thanked the volunteers, coaches and trainers who had helped him along the way.
"It's very humbling to be the first person to win this award twice in the history of the sailing club," he said.
The ball was also an emotional day for the Whitsunday Sailing Club's immediate past commodore Kevin Fogarty, who joyously accepted the Charles Law trophy for 'Sailor of the Year'.
Fogarty, who also accepted trophies for winning four of the club's series' in Division 2, said there were three groups of people he had to thank.
"The first group is the volunteers. Without these guys we wouldn't be out there sailing. The second group is all our competitors. Without boats out on the water we wouldn't have a race. And the third group is my crew. We can't sail our boats without our crew," he said.
Davis said the club needed to acknowledge Fogarty's 12 years of service in the roles of both commodore and rear commodore.
"It's a big effort to put that much time in as required by those positions," he said.
Fogarty was presented with a watch, which was simply engraved with one heartfelt message - "Thank you".