Brainard Cooper Memorial Award

Brainard Cooper Memorial Award

The Brainard Cooper Memorial Award

The Brainard Cooper Memorial Award is the highest award given by Privateer Yacht Club.  The deed of gift reads as follows:

A perpetual trophy awarded annually to the club member who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has exhibited outstanding attributes in the promotion of sailing and sportsmanship; has contributed significantly to the activities of the Club and has demonstrated proficiency and improvement in sailing ability.

The perpetual trophy was donated by the Chattanooga News-Free Press, where Brainard Cooper, Sr., was editor.  Brainard Cooper, Jr. donated the mast from his father's boat to be cut and engraved as keeper trophies for this perpetual award.  But, the mast was only so long, so beginning with 2013 the club will provide the keeper trophy plaques.

The honor roll of winners is as follows:

1967 - Lowery "Buzz" Lamb 1968 - C. A. "Chet" Nedwidek 1969 - J. Lloyd Cox 1970 - Dan N. Williams
1971 - John H. Wesley 1972 - Frank St. Vincent 1973 - David S. Rehring 1974 - Kenneth H. Simons
1975 - J. Dean Hearn 1976 - Betty Failing 1977 - Van Wesley 1978 - Pete Duvoisin
1979 - Hendrik Zander, Jr 1980 - Jerry Humphreys 1981 - Fred Lockeman 1982 - Mike McLaughlin
1983 - Jim & Myra Brown  1984 - Rob Fowler 1985 - Brainard Cooper, Jr. 1986 - Bill Denes
1987 - Patricia Fowler 1988 - Bill Webb 1989 - Chuck Castleman 1990 - John H. Wesley
1991 - Margaret Bentzen 1992 - Jim Brown 1993 - Kenneth H. Simons 1994 - Spike Carscaddon
1995 - Curtis Patterson 1996 - Bo Cline  1997 - Bill Berry 1998 - John Hearn
1999 - John Coolidge, Jr. 2000 - Scott Cline 2001 - Steve Morgan 2002 - Bill Robertson
2003 - Diane Hickey 2004 - John Hearn 2005 - Tom Clark 2006 - Kent Overbeck
2007 - Chris Cyrul 2008 - Bryson Lesley 2009 - David Bergevin 2010 - David Varnell
2011 - Michael Seeber 2012 - Steve George 2013 - Linda Knudson Lind