On Saturday night we were privileged to witness one of our own receiving the Barranjoey pin at the Australian Sailing Awards at the CYCA.
Mark Bethwaite received his pin in recognition for his 2 x Olympic campaigns and his continuous competitive sailing. Sir James Hardy (who also received his pin) pinned this to Mark’s jacket. The tradition is that one Barranjoey pin recipient puts the pin onto the next one to receive the pin.
The Barranjoey pin program launched to recognise Australia's greatest sailors.
The uniquely numbered pins will be presented around the country this year and next to those athletes who have represented and continue to represent Australia at the highest levels in sailing. It is named after the yacht ‘Barranjoey’, which was sailed to Australia’s first Olympic sailing gold medal, at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
A very special moment, and another reminder of how deep the talent in the club runs, and also how lucky we are to have such a highly decorated sailor in our midst!