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Sailing Trophies for Aussie Sabot Nationals

Sabot Sailing Trophies

We’ve just finished over 200 Sabot sailing trophies for the Australian National Titles coming up in a couple of months time.

Here is just one of the designs we created for this event.

Sabot sailing trophy with logo

The senior Sabot sailors sail one up while the juniors sail two up. We were able to add the extra crew to the junior trophies.

This year these titles are being hosted by the South East Queensland Sabot Association and they were keen to include their distinctive logo on each trophy. We created this from brushed gold and red marble engraving material.

And the organiser seems to like them.

“I opened a couple of boxes to have a look and the trophies look fantastic. We had a Nationals committee meeting on the weekend and everybody loved the trophies!

Thank you again for all your help, I’m sure the sabot kids are going to be inspired to do well when they see the trophies they could win!”

Let’s hope the sailors are just as happy.

Mariner Sailing Trophies

Our First Mariner Sailing Trophies

In over 13 years making sailing trophies and having made trophies for well over 100 different sailing classes this is the first time I’ve been asked for sailing trophies for the Mariner class.


Mariner Sailing Trophies
Mariner Sailing Trophies

As well as my artistic representation of the class the customer requested:-

  • The Brant Beach Yacht Club burgee on the sail.
  • The correct Mariner sail insignia.

East Coast Wind Fest Windsurfer Trophies

Just sent some windsurfer trophies to Cape Cod for their annual windsurfer festival. Simple sail trophy designs but they looked great.

Windsurfer Sailing Trophies
That beautiful yellow timber is Leichhardt Pine. Named for one of the early Australian migrant explorers who hailed from Germany. And this image has not been photo shopped, it really is that gorgeous colour.

We used a map of the Cape Cod peninsula as the logo on the sail of the trophy.

And the customer seems happy with them.

“The trophies for the ECWF arrived today – they look amazing and we are really happy with them!

Thank you both so much for the professional handling, quick turnaround, great packaging and last but not least the superb trophies.

The wood & clear finish looks beautiful, and the Cape Cod logo came out great.”

East Coast Wind Fest 2017

My Trophy is a Star!

Haven’t made any Star trophies for many years so it was a pleasure to send these to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Massachusetts.

Star Sailing Trophy
Star Sailing Trophy

I was particularly happy with the depiction of the sailors hiking hard over the side.

And the customer was also happy.

“Trophies arrived – beautiful!”

POFFFA Perpetual Flying Fifteen Trophy

No, I haven’t made a typo, there really are three “f”s in POFFFA. The Port of Falmouth Flying Fifteen Association in southern England.

They asked for a perpetual trophy featuring their class plus a map of where they sail. The river estuary with the deep channel picked out in a lighter timber.

Flying Fifteen Perpetual Sailing Trophy
Flying Fifteen Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Abi and Nick look pretty happy being the very first winners of this trophy.

High School Music Award

We don’t always make sailing trophies, sometimes we branch out into exciting new directions.

Such as when a teacher from the high school wanted to commemorate the memory of a local piano tuner. They wanted something simple but stunning for the memorial perpetual trophy plus a little keeper that the winning student could take away with them.

This is what we came up with. Happy to say the teacher, and the school, were delighted.

International Moth Irish Championship Perpetual Trophy

Moth Irish Championship Perpetual Sailing Trophy
Moth Irish Championship Perpetual Sailing Trophy

I’ve made many trophies for Irish sailors but with this one I did something I don’t often do. I stained the map of Ireland green.

I normally only use timbers in their natural colour but as I don’t have any green wood I made an exception in this case.

I’ve also made keeper sailing trophies for the Moth class, both with and without foils. You can check some out here.

foiling moth sailing trophy moth sailing trophies

10ft Vintage Skiff Keeper Trophies

10ft Vintage Skiff Keeper Sailing Trophies
10ft Vintage Skiff Keeper Sailing Trophies
10ft Vintage Skiff Perpetual Sailing Trophy
10ft Vintage Skiff Perpetual Sailing Trophy

A few years ago I made a perpetual trophy for the 10ft vintage skiff fleet in Brisbane.

They must have liked it because they’ve just ordered 5 keeper trophies of a similar design.

The club is going to present one to the best boat over the next 5 seasons.

Foresight and planning. I need more customers who order their sailing trophies 5 years in advance.

Optimist Californian Perpetual Trophy

I recently quoted on a perpetual sailing trophy to go to the USA. The requirements were:

  • Large enough to take many years worth of annual plaques.
  • Include a map of California.
  • Show a palm tree which not only adds visual interest but says we are lucky enough to be warm water sailors.

So off I went to the graphics software on my computer and created this mock-up of how I visualised the final trophy. (By the way, in Australia we spell visualised with an s!)

Optimist Perpetual Trophy Mock_up
Optimist Perpetual Trophy Mock_up

The customer was impressed enough to go ahead with the order. This is what he said after he had received the final trophy.

“I received it today and it looks better than the rendering you had send me some times ago.
Thank you!”

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S2 7.9 Yacht Trophies

Lake Minnetonka S2 7.9 Sailing Trophies

S2 7,9 Yacht Sailing TrophiesThis customer specified that these yacht trophies should have:-

  • A map of Lake Minnetonka. Not the whole lake, just the end they sail on.
  • The boat to look like an S2 with their 7/8 rig .
  • Vertical transom.
  • Water line black band which I added from natural timber.
  • Class logo engraved on flexi-brass.

All in all they didn’t turn out too badly.

Budget Sailing Trophies prove popular

Sailing Trophies don’t get much more “budget” than these

This is the third year that the Tweed Valley Sailing Club have ordered these budget sailing trophies.

budget sailing trophyEven though they are cheap, the circular engraving can be customised to your exact requirements. (Prices here)

And, as with all our trophies, they are made from natural coloured timber.

  • The yellow sail shape is Leichhardt Pine
  • The red circle is She Oak
  • and the base is Peach Cedar

New Zealand’s First RS Feva Perpetual Sailing Trophy

RS Feva Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Okay, it may not be the first but as the RS Feva sailing class has only just been introduced into New Zealand and as it was the class agent who ordered this I’ve a good chance of being right.

New Zealand RS Feva Perpetual Sailing Trophy
New Zealand RS Feva Perpetual Sailing Trophy

This sailing trophy needed to depict the RS Feva with its distinctive sail stripe as well as including a map of New Zealand. And enough room on the base for a few years of annual plaques.

And the customer seemed to like it.

Hi Anne
The RS Feva Trophy looks fantastic thank you.
NZ Water Shed

Cyclone Marcia and Us

cyclone_marcia_trackSailing Trophies Take 2nd Place

It’s been a couple of months since Cyclone Marcia passed over our small community of Byfield. It hit as a category 5, the most severe. There’s only been 10 category 5s to hit Australia in the last 150 years and 7 of those have been since the year 2000.

The map shows the position of the cyclone on the morning of 20th Feb right over the top of our place! It passed over in about 4 hours with winds of up to 280kph.

In the first week after the cyclone my son Jake Bundred was an enormous help with getting our water supply back up and working.

Below are a few post Marcia photos from around our property. Some minor damage to buildings. Some major damage to the trees. We used to live in a rainforest, we are now in open woodland with an enormous number of trees lying on the ground.

On the positive side we have no shortage of timber to make many more trophies.

  • Our driveway after the army had cleared it for us.
  • We have another 70 acres of fallen trees.
  • The inside of our workshop.
  • Even more untidy than usual.
  • One of our storage sheds has less roofing iron than it should.
  • Me pretending I've got everything under control.
  • An un-stack of timber.
  • What was left of our banana patch.
  • More fallen trees.
  • Side of the road.

Mullet Perpetual Trophy

This one went to New Zealand earlier this year.
Mullet Perpetual Sailing Trophy

  • A Mullet sailing boat.
  • The club’s support boat.
  • Club burgee from natural timber colours.

The customer requested a list of the timbers that I’d used. Here it is.

  • Bottom of base – Beefwood
  • Main base – Red Cedar
  • Light hulls and sails – Quandong
  • Wavy background – Banksia
  • Yellow backing and flag pole – Leichhardt Pine
  • Black on and around burgee, dark crew and Watchman windows – Rosewood, a local wattle (acacia rhodoxylyn). The common name rosewood is used for numerous timbers.
  • Deck on Mullet – a local wattle?
  • Skipper – She Oak
  • Fore hand – Red Cedar
  • Spars – maybe Blue Gum. Or one of our local hardwoods.

A Pirate’s Life for Us Perpetual Trophy

This special perpetual sailing trophy has just arrived in Marina del Rey, California.
yacht_perpetual_double_base_sailing_trophy_600This perpetual depicts :-

  • The sun setting behind the Santa Monica hills
  • A palm tree on the beach
  • Symmetrical and asymetric spinnakers
  • A double base for many years of annual plaques.


The customer seemed to like it :-

Hi Steve,
It arrived safe and sound, on time, and BEAUTIFUL!
It will be the most handsome trophy in Marina del Rey! Heck.. California!
Thank you for your wonderful service. Any doubts I had working with a company so far away melted right from the start with your prompt replies. As an artist myself (custom nautical jewelry), I love your method of mockup, I knew what I was getting when I placed the order. I have a feeling you may hear more from this area when this gets seen.

Kathy St. Amant
Rear Commodore
South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club, Marina del Rey, CA

Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift

Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift
Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift


A friend owns a Salthouse Cavalier 32 and I thought for his birthday the perfect present would be a nautical gift depicting his yacht.

And as you can see it was his sixtyth birthday. The big six oh.

Unfortunately Steve doesn’t get a great deal of time to go sailing so his Salthouse Cavalier 32 yacht doesn’t get to see a great deal of sailing.

At least now he has a nautical gift sailing trophy sitting on his shelf reminding him how he should get out there and go sailing.


Happy Birthday Steve.