Alf Beashel memorial trophy
On Sunday (21st October), the Australian 18 Footers League will stage the Alf Beashel Memorial Trophy race on Sydney Harbour.
The annual race for the trophy has a special place in the League’s heart as it honours one of the true legends of the 18ft Skiff Class.
Alf Beashel was one of the first Life Members in 1953 and sailed for many years in the famous ALRUTH skiff.
When the present site of the League’s clubhouse became available more than 50 years ago, there was a shortfall of funds necessary to secure the prime location and it looked as though the opportunity would be lost.
Alf came up with a selfless idea when he suggested that he could retire early from his work and use the superannuation money owed to him to make up the difference. It was the extra yard which helped the League to gain the clubhouse we all enjoy so much today.
Alf became Secretary of the League and held the position for many years.
The Spectator Ferry for the 3 Buoys race leaves Double Bay wharf at 2.15 pm .