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SYC Member Lowa Paszko Awarded Life Membership

Wednesday, 16th March 2022

Congratulations to SYC Member Lowa Paszko who was awarded Life Membership at the SYC General Meeting on 15 March 2022.

There is no higher accolade that can be bestowed on an individual in our Club; it is an enormous honour. The following is a short appraise of Lowa’s outstanding incredible contribution to SYC.

Lowa Paszko joined Sandringham Yacht Club on 24 November 1992. For over 25 years he has made a significant contribution to the success of SYC. His involvement with the life of the Club has covered:

  • Serving on General Committee for six years between 2003-2009
  • Member of the Club’s Sail Committee since 2003
  • Club measurer for AMS, IRC and ORC since 1998
  • Member of the SYC Safety and Risk Management Committee
  • Member of the SYC Strategic Planning Committee
  • Club Safety Equipment Auditor
  • Club Handicapper 2000 – Present day, including being a member of the VYC / YV / Australian Sailing Handicapping committee administering the Performance Handicap System.

As most of our keelboat club racers are aware, Lowa has also been instrumental in administering the Australian Measurement System (AMS) in conjunction with John Chatham, who created this system in 1997 when the Channel Handicap System in use at the time was experiencing difficulties.

As an active sailor in Rhiannon, Lowa has successfully competed in many club events winning eight SYC Club Championships between 2002 and 2014: 5 under AMS and 3 under Performance handicap.

Lowa has assisted many new sailors as part of a mentoring program that our Sail Committee and the Boating Office introduced several years ago. He has actively encouraged women to participate in sailing through generously making Rhiannon available over the years for “Women in Sailing“ events.

In recognition of his contribution to our sport, Lowa was awarded the Yachting Victoria “Services to Yachting” award.

Lowa’s continuing dedication and unselfish contribution of his time and knowledge for the benefit of Sandringham Yacht Club members has significantly contributed to the recognition that SYC receives as a leader in the sport.

We extend a heartfelt congratulations to Lowa Paszko on being awarded Life Membership of Sandringham Yacht Club.