Life­time achieve­ment award for Stripey

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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