CYCA announces Ocean Racer of the Year recipients

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 15 Dec 2010 19:31:00
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Will Oxley, Navigator of the Year; Brett Young and Susan Saies accepting the Ocean Racer of the Year Award on behalf of Andrew Saies; Bruce Gould, Ocean Veteran of the Year; and Andrew Crew, Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year

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The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has presented the CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards this evening at a gala cocktail party at the Clubhouse with the Ocean Crew Person of the Year trophy being rededicated in memory of the late Sally Gordon.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has presented the CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year Awards this evening at a gala cocktail party at the Clubhouse with the Ocean Crew Person of the Year trophy being rededicated in memory of the late Sally Gordon.

CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre announced the award winners at the prestigious function, which is also the pre-race Rolex Sydney Hobart skipper’s cocktail party.

Andrew Crowe was presented with the Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year by Anne Gordon, Sally’s sister. The Crew Person of the Year award was rededicated in memory of Sally Gordon who lost her life last year in the CYCA’s Flinders Islet race. Sally was a previous recipient of the award in 2000.

Crowe is an integral part of the Yendys crew and has sailed thousands of nautical miles including 14 Rolex Sydney Hobarts. An enormously competent offshore sailor, Crowe is a quiet achiever and sails for the sheer love of sailing embodying the true Corinthian values of the sport.

For only the second time in the history of the Awards, the prestigious Ocean Racer of the Year has been awarded to a South Australian yachtsman Andrew Saies. Over the last 12 months Saies has been on or near the podium in every race and regatta he has sailed in with his production yacht – a Beneteau first 40 named Two True.

He was only the fourth South Australian to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart.  After docking in Hobart, this man had to wait a tense 24 hours and front the International Jury before being declared the overall winner of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

Saies also placed first in IRC in the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia Offshore Series for the Premier’s Cup, second in IRC in Audi Victoria Week and the Docklands invitational, third in IRC at the Lexus Lincoln Week and was named the BIASA’s Boatman of the Year, Yachting South Australia’s Sailor of the Year and his yacht Two True was named the CYCSA’s yacht of the year 2009/2010.

Will Oxley, a longstanding crew member of Yendys, has been named as the Ocean Racing Navigator of the Year.

Oxley played a major role in assisting in the search for both Sally Gordon and Andrew Short in the Flinders Islet Yacht Race tragedy, which highlighted how detailed his race planning and documentation are. Oxley is always thoroughly prepared for every race that he sails in be it a Rolex Sydney Hobart, a Volvo Ocean race or the numerous Australian east coast offshore races he competes in.

Oxley has completed more than 200,000 nautical miles of ocean racing including three round the world races and 12 Rolex Sydney Hobart races. He skippered Compaq in the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 and he was also the weather coordinator for the Swedish VICTORY Challenge America’s Cup Team and most recently he provided navigation and weather support for Puma in the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race.

Bruce Gould was named the Ocean Veteran of the Year, having completed his 40th Hobart race last year as watch captain onboard Geoff Hill’s MKL49 Strewth. Gould competed in the storm swept 1998 Sydney Hobart and was rescued after spending nearly 30 hours with crew mates in a liferaft following the sinking of the classic timber cutter Winston Churchill

He has sailed in ten of the eleven Hobarts staged since 1998 and has previously said that  “the friendship and companionship you make out of sailing is one of the main reasons why I still participate in the sport at my age!”

“Whilst we may be rivals on the race track and competing for divisional success, it’s great to enjoy a laugh and a beer with your mates once the race is completed,” Gould added

The CYCA Ocean Rookie of the Year award was not presented this year. 

Since its inception in 1985, the Ocean Racer of the Year Award has gone to many of Australia’s most notable ocean racing skippers, starting with Tasmanian Don Calvert and including Victorians Gino Knezic and Lou Abrahams, South Australian Kevan Pearce, New South Welshmen Roger Hickman, Geoff Ross, Matt Allen (twice), Bob Thomas and Ed Psaltis (twice), Syd Fischer (four times) and last year, Sydney yachtsmen Bob Steel and Mike Green.

The Crew Person of the Year list of winners includes some of the best Australian sailors who have played significant roles in the success of the boats on which they sailed.

Among the winners have been David Blanchfield (NSW), Brad Stephens (NSW), Phil Thompson (NSW), Julian Freeman (Tas), Tom Braidwood (NSW), Ian ‘Barney’ Walker (Vic), Adrienne Cahalan (NSW), the late Sally Gordon (NSW), Lori Wilson (NSW), Brett Filby (NSW), Tony Ellis (NSW) and last year Kingsley Piesse (VIC).

The Ocean Veteran of the Year winners have included Alby Burgin (NSW), twice, the late Merv Finn (WA), the late John Bennetto (Tas), Dick Fidock (SA), John Walker (NSW), three times, Lou Abrahams (Vic), Don Mickleborough (NSW), Richard Hammond (NSW), Alex Whitworth (NSW), twice and Syd Fischer (NSW).

By Jennifer Crooks, CYCA Media

 

Andrew Crowe accepting his award for the Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year 2010 from Anne Gordon and Commodore Garry Linacre Image: Andrea Francolini

Andrew Crowe accepting his award for the Sally Gordon Memorial Trophy for Ocean Crew Person of the Year 2010 from Anne Gordon and Commodore Garry Linacre

Will Oxley accepting his award as Ocean Navigator of the Year from Commodore Garry Linacre Image: Andrea Francolini

Will Oxley accepting his award as Ocean Navigator of the Year from Commodore Garry Linacre

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