Ordinary individuals celebrated for doing extraordinary things on the world's oceans

The Ocean Cruising
Club (OCC) has announced
the recipients of the OCC Annual Awards.

Each year the OCC recognizes 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.

Peter Whatley, chairman
of the awards sub-committee, made the announcement at the OCC annual boat show
dinner in London.

This year,
three recipients share the OCC Award of Merit: Tim Severin of Ireland, Dick Giddings of the United States,
and James Wharram of the United Kingdom.

The OCC congratulates all recipients and nominees for this year’s
awards, and thanks all adventurous cruising sailors for reaching for
extraordinary goals.

All winners will be invited to attend the OCC
Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 20 April 2013 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 stories will be presented on the night and published in the
subsequent edition of Flying Fish – the journal of the OCC.

The awards and winners:

OCC Award of Merit 

(To a member or
non-member for performing some outstanding voyage or achievement)

– Tim
Severin; Dick Giddings; James Wharam

OCC Award (To a member or non member who has done most to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft and the practice of
seamanship and navigation in all branches

– Fergus
and Kay Quinlan

Geoff Pack Memorial Award (To a member or
non-member who, by his or her writing, has done most to foster and encourage
ocean cruising in small craft)

-Val Howells

The Rose Medal (For the most meritorious short-handed voyage by
a club member(s))
David Tyler

The Jester Medal (For an outstanding contribution to the art of
single-handed sailing by a

member or non-member)
-Matt Rutherford

The Barton Cup (For the most meritorious voyage by a club member(s))– Patrick and Amanda Marshall

The Rambler Medal (For the most
meritorious short voyage by a club member(s

-Jim and Kate Thomsen

The Vasey Vase (For a voyage of an unusual or exploratory nature
made by a club member)
Rev Bob Shepton

The David Wallis Trophy (For the most valuable
contribution to ‘Flying Fish’

Maggie Nelson

The Water Music Trophy(To a member who has contributed most to the Club
by way of providing cruising information, navigation and pilotage)
-John Kirkus

The Qualifier’s Mug (For the most
ambitious or arduous qualifying voyage by a new member as submitted for
publication in the OCC journal,
“Flying Fish” or in the OCC Newsletter.)
-The Smith Family (David, Sarah, Bethany & Bryn)

The Port Officer Medal (For the most outstanding contribution from a
Port Officer

-John Van Schalkwyk


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