The Somerville Trophy was first presented in 1959 – donated by Derek Somerville of Staines S.C. Derek was Commodore of Staines S.C. for 25 years as well as being the first chairman of the BMBA.
The trophy is for overall score of those travelling to open meetings through the season. As such, it is known as the Class’s National Travellers Series Trophy and is much sought after.
The 4-sided Pyramid shaped hardwood trophy, which features a hand tooled embossed scene of two Moths racing, has past winners on its 3 remaining sides. Qualification for the trophy has changed over the years, at one time all designated opens were deemed necessary for qualification with 99 points awarded for non attendance. These days helms can miss a few opens and still qualify.
In the 80′s and 90′s Godfrey Clark won the Trophy 12 times, but from 2000 onwards nobody has dominated the competition. Since 2000 David Peer (B.A.S.C.) and Tim Davison (Medley S.C.) have each claimed two victories and the current holder Roger Witts (Frampton-on-Severn S.C.) has chalked up a total of 3 wins.
In 2012 the Somerville Trophy increased in significance as this is the Class’s 80th Anniversary year and was won by Rob Wilder from Tamesis Club