The Cruising Club of America has announced its recipients for their annual awards, recognizing ocean crossings, sea rescues, ocean adventures, club service and a new award for sailing innovation. Of the six recipients, four were women, an achievement for female sailors globally. An article from Live Sail Die reported on the awards and their respective recipients.
Blue Water Medal: Kenichi Horie was awarded with the Blue Water Medal for a lifetime of ocean crossing achievements. Hori is Japan’s most renowned ocean sailor, with his most recent voyage from San Francisco, California to Nishinomiya, Japan at the age of 83. Since 1923, the Blue Water Medal has been awarded 95 times.
Young Voyager Award: Cal Currier, a high-school student from Palo Alto, California was awarded with the Young Voyager Award for sailing from Marion, Massachusetts to Lagos, Portugal. Within 2022 he learned to sail, bought and prepared a 30-foot sloop and made the solo voyage.
Rod Stephens Seamanship Trophy: Kristen Neuschäfer of South Africa received the seamanship award due to her vital role in a rescue at sea of a fellow competitor, Tapio Lehtinen, in the 2022 Golden Globe Race. The race is in progress, with Neuschäfer’s 36-foot Minnehaha as a contender for first place. The 12,000 nautical mile race finishes in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.
Diana Russel Award: Mary Crowley was awarded with the Diana Russel for her innovation in sailing design, education, training, methodology and safety as a lifelong sailor. Crowley founded and directs the Ocean Voyages Institute and is an active participant in many non-profits and organizations for the marine environment.
Richard S. Nye Award: Barbara Watson has served the Cruising Club of America at the highest levels as a station Rear Commodore, historian, chair of the Events Committee, editor of Voyages Magazine and serves on the Club Nomination committee. The Richard S. Nye Award recognizes her service.
Far Horizons Award: David Tunick was recognized with this award for his two transatlantic solo passages aboard his 55-foot Sparkman & Stephens yawl, Night Watch. With the two passages, more than twenty years apart, his voyages bookended a longer cruise through the Baltic and Northern Europe.