British Yachting Awards winners revealed

The trophies were handmade specially for the event by Davey & Co

The great and good of the yachting world descended on the Royal Thames Yacht Club on 30 November to celebrate the 2021 British Yachting Awards.

British Yachting AwardsThe awards, organised by Sailing Today with Yachts and Yachting magazine, are an opportunity for the readership to vote and give their verdict on some of the incredible talents within the sailing world. It was also a chance to celebrate the finest new yachts, kit innovations, destinations and much more. 

 The champagne flowed as the winners were announced, confirming not only what a vintage year this has been for sailing, but also what a diverse and fascinating sport this remains.  

Guest speaker was Ian Walker, who after a decorated career afloat as an Olympian, coach and skipper in the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, is now the RYA’s Director of Racing. 

Youth Sailor of the Year Katie McCabe receives her award from Richard Dove, of category sponsor BoatLife Live, which is the new boat show taking place at the Birmingham NEC in February 2022

Notable winners included the remarkable  Katie McCabe, who scooped the Youth Sailor of the Year accolade, which was run in association with BoatLife Live. 

There was spontaneous applause for the runner-up Timothy Long, who sailed round Britain solo aged 15 last summer, and also for the 420 crew of Jamie Cook and Will Martin, who were also shortlisted.

Murdoch McGregor with Fiona McCracken of Pantaenius, sponsor of the Sailor of the Year category

Elsewhere, octogenarian  Murdoch McGregor beat some of the biggest names in sailing to win Sailor of the Year – an award run in association with Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance. McGregor, aged 82, attended the event and told the audience of his solo round Britain sail earlier this year.  

Pip Hare with Rob Peake

Vendée Globe star Pip Hare was a deserving winner of the Outstanding Achievement of the Year trophy, given her performance in the race, which was a winner in its own right in the Event of the Year category, in association with GAC Pindar. 

Each winner received a unique trophy made for the ceremony by the historic chandler Davey & Co. 

When it came to yachts and kit, there were worthy winners all round; the exciting  Pogo 44 won the Performance Yacht of the Year while the coveted Cruising Yacht of the Year was a tie between the Dufour 470 and Jeanneau 60. 

There were also wins for the Lagoon 55 catamaran and Discovery 48. 

Shaun French of Musto with the trophy for Clothing Innovation of the Year – a win for the brand’s Flexlite Vapour range

In the kit section, Musto‘s Flexlite Vapour range won through, as did ePropulsion‘s Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard.  

Rob Peake, Chelsea Magazines marine group editor, announced a partnership for 2022 with the Disabled Sailors Association, who become Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting’s Charity of the Year. The charity’s chairman and founder Mike Wood spoke to those present about its fundraising campaign for a new boat to take wheelchair users to sea.

There was a tribute paid to Sailing Today’s legendary former editor John Goode, who died earlier this year aged 71. Surveyor Ben Sutcliffe told the audience how John made the magazine essential reading for thousands of sailors each month and how greatly he is missed by all those who knew him.

Sir Chay Blyth is applauded for his Lifetime Achievement Award

The awards finished with a Lifetime Achievement award for Sir Chay Blyth, 50 years on from his pioneering solo voyage around the world, against the winds and currents. Sir Chay was there with Lady Felicity Blyth to receive the award.  

The event was live streamed on the Facebook page of Yachts & Yachting magazine and remains available for viewing. 

For more information on all the categories, contenders, and of course the winners, visit the  British Yachting Awards website and see the February 2022 issue of the magazine, published in the New Year. 

Sailor of the Year Murdoch McGregor and Youth Sailor of the Year Katie McCabe, with Sir Chay Blyth, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award
The trophies were handmade by historic chandler Davey & Co especially for the ceremony
Pip Hare, winner of the Outstanding Achievement of the Year trophy, with Rob Peake, group editor of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, which organises the British Yachting Awards
Bluewater Cruiser of the Year was the Discovery 58S; pictured are Andy Standing and Ian Fraser of Discovery Shipyard
The Cruising Yacht of the Year category was a tie, with two boats getting the same number of votes. The Jeanneau 60 was one of them. Pictured is Antoine Chancelier, Jeanneau area sales manager
The Cruising Yacht of the Year was a tie, with two boats having the same number of votes. The Dufour 470 was one of them. Pictured is Chris Warwick of Dufour dealer Universal Yachting, based on the Hamble River
Equipment Innovation of the Year went to the ePropulsion electric outboad, the Spirit 1.0 Evo. Pictured is Steve Bruce of ePropulsion UK
Event was the Year was the Vendée Globe. Pictured is Sabina Mollart Rogerson, who represents the race in the UK, with Andrew Pindar of category sponsor GAC Pindar. There was also a video message from Vendée Globe race director Laura Le Goff
Marina of the Year went to Berthon. Luke Machin of Berthon is pictured with Jeff Webber of Davey & Co, which handmade the trophies for the ceremony
The Lagoon 55 was voted the Multihull of the Year. Pictured is Graham Laver of Lagoon dealer Ancasta
Sir Chay Blyth had the audience laughing with anecdotes about his sailing career, including his pioneering ‘wrong-way’ circumnavigation 50 years ago in 1970/71, with ceremony host Rob Peake behind
The trophies were handmade by historic chandler Davey & Co especially for the ceremony

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