Race History & Trophies

marshall sharp trophyThe Marshall Sharp Trophy is awarded to the overall mono-hull winner of the Round Saltspring Race, and the history of this trophy tells the story of the origin and spirit of the race, now in its 41st year.

Saltspring Island Sailing Club’s annual Round Saltspring Race was initiated by Lawrie Neish in 1974 in memory of his friend Marshall Sharp, who passed away in 1973.

Marshall Sharp was an outstanding citizen, well known for his infectious enthusiasm and good humour. He served in the R.C.A.F. during World War II, and retired as a Squadron Leader, at one point commanding the R.C.A.F. Survival School. Arriving on Saltspring Island in 1961, he was an avid sailor and loved to race. Sailboats leaving Ganges Harbour would often (unwittingly) provide a challenge for Marshall to put his 23-foot boat, Sonsy, through its paces.

The Marshall Sharp Trophy for the Round Saltspring Race was donated to the Sailing Club soon after Marshall’s death. Norah, his widow, donated Sonsy’s teak nameplate, carved by Marshall. The trophy in the shape of a boat’s transom, including the “of Saltspring” scroll, was made by Lawrie Neish. With the nameplate mounted on it, this forms the Marshall Sharp Trophy.

The Round Saltspring Trophy, donated by Steve and Pam Thomas, is awarded to the Saltspring Island Sailing Club boat with the best finish in the race. As the race has become more and more popular, with strong entrants hailing from clubs all around the Georgia Strait, our own Saltspring racing fleet works hard to stay competitive, fielding club entries in the Swiftsure, Southern Straits and other regional races. The Round Saltspring Trophy is a highly coveted award for SISC sailors.