Lifetime achievement award for Stripey
FORMER Whitsunday Times columnist, the late Ian ‘Stripey’ Grant, was remembered and recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2013 Australian Yachting Awards in Sydney last Friday.
Stripey, who died after suffering a major stroke earlier this year, wrote the Running the Rhumblines column for the paper’s On the Water section for more than 20 years.
Based in Brisbane, he travelled to the Whitsundays every year to cover Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach race weeks and other on-water events such as the Great Whitsunday Fun Race and Hamilton Island’s Outrigger Cup.
Stripey first sailed into the Whitsundays on a boat called Mouse of Melham in May 1960. He became a journalist in 1964 and described himself as a “newspaper man”. At one point he wrote for about 13 pu- blications per week.
Stripey’s funeral was held at Hemmant Crematorium in Brisbane on April 12 – just two days before his 77th birthday. His wife of 53 years, Marie, also died this year.
His award was collected on Friday by his oldest son Mark Grant and daughter Jan May.
Mark Grant said looking through the list of past winners “Dad’s in some very, very prized company”.
“He would have been very humbled to receive this award – but he wasn’t about awards – he was about getting in there and giving [sailors] the publicity they deserved,” he said.
Mr Grant (junior) said for the family, accepting the award was like “some gold at the end of a very uneasy rainbow” since losing both their parents.
“It’s an incredible achievement,” he said.
Yachting Australia introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 to acknowledge outstanding contributions to sailing or boating after an involvement of at least 20 years.
RUNNING THE RHUMBLINES: Sailor and veteran journalist the late Ian "Stripey" Grant.