2015 New Perpetual Trophy dedicated for the Latitude Event

Ian Mackenzie was an accomplished yachtsman, and owned and skippered the yacht Supertramp R1080, a Spencer 12.41 metre vessel. Throughout the 1990s, Ian developed a reputation for taking novice sailors to sea in Supertramp and giving them a taste of Bass Strait and the coastline of Tasmania. Ian was a regular participant in the Victoria offshore races and many sailors owe their start in offshore racing to Ian.
With the sudden passing of Ian last year, his widow Louise and some of his past crew members decided to create a memorial trophy. Given that Ian was such a great mentor to inexperienced offshore races, it was thought fitting for the Trophy to be awarded for the Latitude Race.

Background on Ian McKenzie OAM: 1939 - 2014.
Ian was the Commodore of the ORCV from 2002 to 2004 and gave the ORCV a voice by sitting on Yachting Victoria’s Keelboat Committee, Safe Boating Policy Committee and Risk Management and Safety Committee. Ian also conducted a number of offshore races as the ORCV’s Race Director.
Ian was a huge contributor to the photography industry in Australia for over forty years and held numerous executive roles in both State and National bodies. Ian was involved in supporting refugees via his Board role in Foundation House.
Ian’s achievements were formally acknowledged with the award of an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014 for services to the visual arts as a photographer and to the community.

Gift: The Ian McKenzie trophy gifted to The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria – 27/91 Moreland Street, Footscray. VIC 3011.

Date of Gift: 6th July 2015

Purpose of Gift: To create a memorial trophy to honour the memory of Ian McKenzie OAM.

Use of this Gift: Awarded to less experienced sailors for their achievements in offshore events. The winner of the current Latitude Race would be an appropriate use of this Gift.

by Greg Clinnick