This was the fourth time the club hosted the 505 World Championships, having welcomed visiting crews previously in 1959, 1964 and 1982.
I was asked to design and make the trophies for this international sailing event. The brief was to create five different trophies for overall winners, race winners and club presentations.
I based my design on the Championship logo which featured the dinghy sailing under spinnaker with the 505 emblazoned on the artwork.
The trophies for the winners for both the Pre Worlds and the Worlds were designed in Stainless Steel & Mahogany.
They featured a mainsail, jib and spinnaker, welded and angled forward to give a 3D effect and the impression of movement. The spinnaker had a hole cut through the sail, with a ‘5’ etched into the stainless steel, to mirror the 505 logo.
This also allowed a view of the angled main and jib behind. The rere support and base were lacquered mahogany.
The runner up prizes and race winner trophies were made in Iroko & Mahogany.
Here, I designed the main and jib as one section, with the spinnaker fixed to the front and the ‘505’ logo engraved into the timber. The sails were positioned on a raised, angled support, again to give the impression of movement.
There were three different sizes in the Stainless Steel versions and two sizes in Timber versions. The Stainless Steel versions also had a contrasting highly polished and brushed finish on the different winner trophies.
“Grant & Suzanne took a broad brief from us for trophies for a recent World Championships and the result was awesome.
We were blown away by the quality of the pieces and they were commented by all at the event.”
Royal Cork Yacht Club, August 2022