Dustin Reynolds has won the Ocean Cruising Club’s highest prize after becoming the first double amputee to solo circumnavigate the globe
The Ocean Cruising Club awarded Dustin Reynolds its first prize, the Barton Cup.
The award recognizes an exceptional or challenging journey or series of journeys, and previous recipients have included Jeanne Socrates, Randall Reeves, Susanne Huber-Curphey and the Reverend Bob Shepton.
Dustin, who lost his left arm and part of his leg in 2008 after being hit by a drunk driver, took seven and a half years to circumnavigate the globe solo, via the Panama Canal. It started and ended in Kona, Hawaii. He also took a detour to Antarctica aboard a friend’s 38-footer.
Dustin had little sailing experience or money when he began his circumnavigation in his 1968 sloop Alberg 35, Roudis.
By the time he reached Thailand the boat was crumbling and after a successful crowdfunding campaign he bought the 1983 Bristol 35.5, Tiama to continue his journey.
Dustin’s boat is extremely low-tech, with no electric winches or other gismos to help navigate it.
In fact, before the Royal Cape Yacht Club introduced her to a self-tailing winch in early 2019, she lacked even that basic kit.
Dustin received the Ocean Cruising Club Challenge scholarship and in 2018 he received the Ocean Cruising Club Seamanship award.
The Ocean Cruising Club Seamanship Award for 2021 has been presented to George Arnison and Duncan Lougee in recognition of their outstanding seamanship during their first time at sea as part of the 2021 Jester Azores Challenge.
Duncan Lougee in Minkea 25-foot Folkboat and George Arnison in Good relationsa 30ft wooden sloop, was sailing from Plymouth to the Azores as part of the 2021 Jester Challenge when damaged Minke resulted in a remarkable display of self-reliance and seamanship from the two solo sailors.
About 400 miles from Terceria, George received a satellite message from Roger Taylor, the buffoon ‘Helm’, asking if he could come to the aid of Duncan Lougee in minke, whose rudder had come loose from his boat.
George, 40 miles to leeward, immediately turned and, in strong winds, began the long beat to windward in search of the crippled boat.
Conditions deteriorated and George experienced his own problems – the genoa furling line broke and had to be replaced with the storm jib. The weather was so bad that George had to pitch up in gale force conditions at times.
After a few days, George reached the other boat.
MinkeDuncan’s skipper had already rigged an emergency rudder and the two boats continued on to Terceria, George Jury rigging his genoa so the boats could sail at the same speed.
When Minke’The emergency rudder failed, George held clear while Duncan balanced the sail plan to sail in the right direction. With Minke Struggling to maintain a reasonable course, the two men set up a towing system.
Murdoch McGregor, 82, and Katie McCabe, 14, became the oldest and youngest sailors to circumnavigate Britain.
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The two skippers adapted their tactics for the next 11 days – sometimes sailing separately, sometimes towing – and had to endure heavy weather including a Force 9 gale, before crossing the finish line in Pria da Vitoria, Terceria .
The Ocean Cruising Club Award has two components: one recognizes members who provide valuable service to the club and the other recognizes anyone who provides extraordinary service to the cruising community as a whole.
This year the club recognized the extraordinary services of the 2020 South Pacific team: Juan Boschetti, Liz Back, Cynthia Rasch, John and Lyn Martin, John Hembrow, Viki Moore and Sue Richards.
The team has been instrumental in supporting yachts caught in COVID-19 limbo across the Pacific in 2020.
The late multihull designer, James Wharram, was posthumously awarded the Ocean Cruising Club Lifetime Cruising award.
Considered by many to be the father of modern multihull cruising, this free-spirited sailor and designer specialized in double canoe-style sailing catamarans, inspired by the Polynesian double canoe.
He proved the seaworthiness of the multihull having crossed the Atlantic by catamaran in 1955 and again in 1956 from New York to Ireland – the first ever crossing of the North Atlantic from west to east by multihull.
He continued to design for self-builders in 1965. With partners Ruth Merseburger and Hanneke Boon, he created distinctive V-hull catamarans, from 13ft to over 60ft, selling over 10,000 plan sets .
The winner of the Ocean Cruising Club Jester Award for 2021 is Katie McCabe, who aged 14 circumnavigated Britain single-handed anti-clockwise on her Morgan Giles from 26 feet.
She took on the role of the youngest person to sail around Britain from Timothy Long.
New for 2021 was the Ocean Cruising Club Environmental Award.
He was introduced to Americans Richard and Stephanie Hackett who created and run a Pacific-based NGO called Sea Mercy.
Sea Mercy, whose motto is “Sailing with a Higher Purpose”, organizes private yachts to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief to island nations in the South Pacific.
Volunteers have helped rebuild communities after destructive cyclones and have established many programs through which islanders can support themselves in the long term after a natural disaster.
Sea Mercy has also created an environmentally safe and cost effective solution for disaster response providers to provide clean fresh water. The Sea Mercy (SMART) multi-purpose rainwater cover, designed and produced for them by DRIFTA Camping & 4wd, takes about 30 minutes to install and costs about $1,200.
Each SMART kit can store over 500 liters of clean drinking water (41 day water supply for a family of 4).
The tarp area provides over 10 square meters of water catchment capacity and as little as 13 mm (1/2 inch) of rain can collect and store over 110 liters of potable water.
The Vasey Vase recognizes an unusual or exploratory journey taken by one or more members of the OCC and, for 2021, is awarded to Ginger and Peter Nieman.
Peter and Ginger recently completed their second circumnavigation of the globe, this one eastward.
Their first was west via all the southern capes.
It included the Northwest Passage, then up the US coast to Florida, across the Atlantic, around the UK and the Mediterranean, and across the Suez.
Then they ventured across the northern Indian Ocean, where they were finally allowed to stop in Singapore, although they were unable to disembark for months due to COVID-19 restrictions. .
Finally, they headed north through Japan, through Alaska, and back down to the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Additional prizes awarded for 2021 include:
OCC qualifying cup to James Frederick
OCC Port Officer Service Award to Natasha Wolmarans, Port Officer Representative, Richards Bay, South Africa and Westbrook Murphy, Port Officer, Annapolis, MD
OCC Events & Rallies at Colin Cambell and John Head for the West Country Meet
OCC David Wallis Trophy for 2021 to Graham and Avril Johnson for their excellent Full Circle article.
Earlier this year, the Vertue Award, a regional US award, was presented to Moira and Dick Bentzel. The Australian trophy went to Barry Lewis for an Australian circumnavigation of Australia.
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