Celebrating the achievements of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things on the world's oceans
Round-the-world sailor Jeanne Socrates and adventurer Skip Novak were among the winners of the Ocean Cruising Club Awards for 2013.
Each year the OCC recognises the achievements of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things on the world’s oceans and brings those achievements to the attention of the sailing community at large.
The OCC Awards Sub-Committee made the announcement at the 2014 London Boat Show.
Jeanne Socrates was named as the recipient of the club’s premier award for members, The Barton Cup.
At the age of 70, Jeanne sailed into the history books as the oldest woman to circumnavigate the world solo, non-stop.
Two recipients share the OCC Award of Merit, an OCC award that recognises both members and non-members: Herb Hilgenberg and Laura Dekker.
Herb assisted blue water sailors with ship-routing and weather advice for more than 25 years. Laura has shown the world that being the youngest circumnavigator was not derived from seeking fame and fortune but rather from a tremendous passion for sailing.
Skip Novak claimed the Geoff Pack Memorial Award, an accolade dedicated to the memory of Yachting Monthly’s former editor, which celebrates sailors who, by his or her writing, has done most to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft.
Skip was awarded the prize for having exposed millions of ordinary people and sailors around the world to extreme adventure sailing through writing in books, magazines and newspapers plus appearance in film and video.
Commodore John Franklin added: ‘I congratulate all award recipients and nominees, and I thank all adventurous cruising sailors for inspiring new generations to reach for extraordinary goals.’
All winners are invited to attend the OCC Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 12 April 2014 aboard HQS Wellington (Head Quarters Ship and home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners) in London, where formal presentations of the awards will be made.
The full list of OCC Award 2013 winners
The Barton Cup: Jeanne Socrates
OCC Award of Merit: Herb Hilgenberg and Laura Dekker
OCC Award: Anne Hammick
The Vasey Vase: Jarlath Cunnane
The Rose Medal: Paul Heiney
The Rambler Medal: Richard Hudson
The Jester Medal: Ewen Southby-Tailyour Trevor Leek
The Australian Trophy: Ian & Jo Johnstone, with children Gill and Keely
Geoff Pack Memorial Award: Skip Novak
The David Wallis Trophy: Chris Wilkie & Margaret Beasley
The Water Music Trophy: Duncan & Ria Briggs
The Qualifier’s Mug: Emma Buckels
The Port Officer Medal: Derrick Allen, Dick Davidson, Alfredo Lagos, and Ian Nicolson
OCC Seamanship Award: Dan Alonso
Pictures: Jeane Socrates; Skip Novak; Laura Dekker; Jarlath Cunnane. Credit: Ocean Cruising Club