Final few days to make your nomination for the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019

Photo: Sam Kurtul

By Mark Jardine

Time is running out to make your nominations for the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019. Anyone can make a nomination for these awards and you are actively encouraged to do so. It is not just championship and major event wins which are recognised, but great acts of seamanship too.

To qualify for the awards, the nominee must be the holder of a British passport. For the Young Sailor award, the nominee must be under the age of 19 on December 31, 2019.

The nomination period closes at the end August, so ensure you make your submission as soon as possible.

Make your nomination here.

Here is what some of the previous winners of the MS Amlin YJA Yachtsman of the Year had to say about the award:

Harold Cudmore – winner in 1986
“The Award is a Maritime ‘Oscar’ and always prized by its recipients for recognition of many varied contributions.”

Geoff Holt M.B.E – winner in 2010
“When I won the award in 2010 it was one of the proudest moments in my life. I regard the award as the ‘Knighthood of Yachting’ and is the absolute pinnacle of any yachtsman’s career. When you look at the names of previous winners, and to think your name will also appear on that small but hallowed list, it makes you feel very proud indeed.”

Jim Saltonstall M.B.E. Q.P. —winner in 1984 and 1995
“It was a great honour for me, together with the RYA Youth team, to be awarded this prestigious award after winning the World Youth Championships in New Zealand in 1983 and again in Bermuda in 1995. Winning in 1983 was very significant as this guaranteed the future of the RYA’s National Race Training scheme. The scheme was set up in 1977 by the RYA on a five year trial basis, the success of which would be reviewed at the end of the five years, that is why the win in 1983 was so important. Bermuda 1995 saw the RYA UK Youth team win the Nautica Cup with 3 gold and two silver medals making the UK the top youth nation in the world, the beginnings of our future Olympic successes. The rest, as they say, is history, with the UK youth team becoming part of the Olympic team in Atlanta, Sydney, Athen, Bejing, London & Rio de Janeiro. It was an honour for me to be working with all this talent and at the medal ceremony in Sydney I took time out to sit on the steps of the opera house and tell myself that the last 23 years had been worth it because that was how long it took to become the top sailing nation in the world. The YJA Yachtsman of the Year award means a lot, not only to those who are fortunate to be awarded it, but also to all those involved in the most challenging sport in the world. The icing on the cake!”

Nikki Henderson – winner in 2018
“To be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Award was a total surprise and an absolute honour. To see my name engraved amongst some of the greatest sailing heroes – the greatest sportsmen and women that this country has produced – is just mind blowing. None of us participate in the sport for the recognition – it is our own personal determination, competitiveness and commitment that drives us – but to be celebrated and presented with a trophy really does mean a great deal, and has driven me to continue to push myself further and higher as a role model in the sport. I very much hope that I continue to live up to that plaque in my future career, and I wish the very best and huge congratulations to 2019’s winner.”

The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Café Southampton on  September 13, following on from Press Day at the Southampton International Boat Show. This will be a spectacular occasion, drawing together the great and good of the marine world, distinguished guests and many previous winners of the awards.

The Yachting Journalists’ Association is hugely appreciative of MS Amlin Yacht, the boat insurance specialists, title sponsorship of the awards. Their support enables the presentation to be held during an event which befits the stature of these historic trophies.

  • The last few remaining tickets are available for this not-to-be-missed event and anyone may join the celebrations on the night. If you would like to attend then please contact the YJA Secretary, Chris English via email at secretary@yja.world who will send you the full range of options.

Find out more about the Yachting Journalists’ Association via https://yja.world/

Death of Peter Cumberlidge

Peter Cumberlidge

YJA member Peter Cumberlidge who specalised in maritime journalism as a freelance, author and photographer in the West Country and Channel Islands has died in hospital in Devon.

He had been in Torbay hospital since  mid-July and died on July 29, but unknown to fellow members and colleagues in the sailing world had been receiving treatment for cancer for just over a year. His home was at Slapton, near Kingsbridge, Devon.

The funeral is iat Slapton on Monday, August 19 at 2.30.

His family say if any member is thinking of going to the funeral please let her know and says she would like people to wear bright colour.

Donations in his memory will go to a fund in the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust via RC Pillar and Sons, Anzac Street, Dartmouth TQ6 9DL.

“I hope this can be used to help young people recovering from cancer to rebuild their lives through sailing and possibly start in journalism,” the family told us.

Nominations open for YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the Young Sailor of the Year 2019

The coveted Yachtsman of the Year trophy

Nominations are now open for the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year 2019. These awards are, without doubt, the most prestigious in UK yachting, having been established in 1955 and awarded to many of the great names in boating, including Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Steve Curtis, Dee Caffari, Rodney Pattisson, Chay Blyth and Tracy Edwards.

Anyone can make a nomination for these awards and are actively encouraged to do so. It is not just championship and major event wins which are recognised, but great acts of seamanship too, such as Clipper Race crew member Gavin Read’s heroics during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race earning him the trophy in 2016.

To qualify for the awards, the nominee must be the holder of a British passport. For the Young Sailor award, the nominee must be under the age of 19 on December 31, 2019.

The nomination period lasts for the month of August, so ensure you make your submission as soon as possible.

Please CLICK HERE to Make your nomination.

Clifford Webb, Chairman of the Yachting Journalists’ Association said, “This is your opportunity to nominate people who you feel deserve the recognition their achievements merit. The main award has been established for over 60 years and is known throughout the world of sailing and boating, with a list of luminaries that is unparalleled. It will be fascinating to see who will be receiving these magnificent awards in September.”

The YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year Awards will be presented during a Gala Dinner at the Grand Café Southampton on  September 13, following on from Press Day at the Southampton International Boat Show. This will be a spectacular occasion, drawing together the great and good of the marine world, distinguished guests and many previous winners of the awards.

The Yachting Journalists’ Association is hugely appreciative of MS Amlin Yacht, the boat insurance specialists, title sponsorship of the awards. Their support enables the presentation to be held during an event which befits the stature of these historic trophies.

Limited tickets are available for this not-to-be-missed event and anyone may join the celebrations on the night. If you would like to attend then please contact the YJA Secretary, Chris English via email at secretary@yja.world who will send you the full range of options.

Find out more about the Yachting Journalists’ Association via https://yja.world/

South Western House, home of the Grand Cafe

Etchells World Championship for Cowes

The Royal Yacht Squadron is to host the International Etchells World Championship in 2021.

Over 70 boats from the UK and overseas are expected to compete including a youth challenge from the UK, USA and Australia.

Cowes has previously hosted the world championship in 1996, 2007 and 2016 and the boats will be based at Cowes Yacht Haven.

Nominations for YJA Committee Closing

As a reminder, the YJA AGM will take place on July 31 this year at The Cruising Association, 1, Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6.00pm.

As the meeting will be followed by Dinner in The Cruising Association’s highly rated restaurant, why not come along and meet your fellow Members over a meal and a drink ?

Nominations for members wishing to join the Committee and support the YJA’s broader activities need to be proposed by close of business today, Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Submit nominations to secretary@yja.world

YJA MS Amlin Gala Awards Dinner

South Western House, Southampton

 

TICKETS GOING FAST – RESERVE YOURS NOW

September 13, 2019

If you have not yet reserved your tickets – you should!

Don’t miss out – we have limited spaces left.

Taking place on Press Day of the Southampton International Boat Show, you may be there anyway and this is going to be a huge event.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of sailing, the list of awards this year includes the YJA MS Amlin Young Blogger of the Year, YJA MS Amlin Young Sailor of the Year and the YJA MS Amlin Yachtsman of the Year Awards. These awards have been won by yachting luminaries including Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Ben Ainslie, Alex Thompson, Dee Caffari and in 2018 we had joint winners –  Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson.

This is a black tie gala dinner being held at The Grand Café in Southampton.
The event will start at 1900hrs with a welcome drinks reception hosted by MS Amlin in the magnificent Grand Lobby of Great Western House before being called through for the formal dinner at 2000hrs. It is a three-course dinner, and includes a half bottle of wine with a cash bar.

Round the world sailor and presenter Conrad Humphreys will host the evening, with speeches, videos, presentations and the awards, mingling with the stars and personalities of the yachting and boating world. After dinner, you are then invited to the Grand Café Nightclub for dancing through to the early hours on a night to remember.

As previously advised, we hope you will understand that given the scale and stature of this event, the YJA Committee has opted to ask members for a £25 ticket contribution per person. Tickets for Members partners are £75.00, while ‘Non-members’ tickets are available at £165.00 per person. Corporate tables of ten are also available.

No bookings are confirmed until payment is received.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW

All bookings and enquiries to secretary@yja.world

 

Please click here for more information about the venue

 

Yacht Racing Forum 2019

Six months to go to Yacht Racing Forum 2019 in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is a flamboyant city in northern Spain, with a growing passion for the sport of sailing

The 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum (November 25-26) promises to be exciting. It will bring together some of the most prominent players in the nautical world, and will offer a unique commercial platform to companies active in competitive sailing.

27 May 2019 – Members of the yacht racing community and sailing industry from all over the world will meet in six months’ time in the town of Bilbao, in the Basque Country, for the 12th edition of the Yacht Racing Forum.

The event will feature a subtle mix of lectures and presentations, and will provide the 350 participants from all over the world the opportunity to meet and do business under optimal conditions.

The sports’ most dynamic and innovative brands in the professional sailing world have already booked their exhibition stands.

Start-ups and companies that have recently developed a new product will also have, for the first time, the opportunity to present their innovations to the main global players in the boating industry as part of the “Business Speed Presentations” ; a new, and free service provided by the Yacht Racing Forum.

Organized in Spain for the second time after Barcelona in 2015, the Forum will reassemble the sports’ key personalities: event organisers, sponsors, designers, professional sailors, boat builders, media as well as insurance and finance companies, and provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and do business.

The Forum will take place in the beautiful Euskalduna Conference Centre, right next to the events’ official hotel, the Melia, and the famous Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao is a flamboyant city in northern Spain, the largest city in the province of Biscay and in the Basque Country. Along with the Biscay region, its development has been historically linked to the ocean and the industrial revolution. Ever-changing, in the past few decades Bilbao underwent a profound renovation, turning into one of the most innovative cities in Europe.

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Sailing writers’ opportunity

Online boat marketing company boatsandoutboards is looking for regular writers for its blog and and have work published across all its platforms.

The website’s Tom Wilson tells the YJA he is currently taking informal applications to have a chat and find some passionate people who don’t necessarily need to have any writing experience. 

“Anyone who might be interested can email me directly with a bit about themselves, their areas of interest/knowledge and we can discuss further what we can provide for each other and go from there.”

Interested? Contact Tom Wilson direct on tom.wilson@boatsandoutboards.co.uk

www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk

Cruising Association links

YJA TIE-UP WITH THE CRUISING ASSOCIATION OFFERS BENEFITS

YJA members are being offered a 25 percent discount on first year’s membership of The Cruising Association, giving access to a great information source and technical services, huge range of discounts and accommodation overlooking The Thames in the heart of London’s trendy Limehouse at very, very old-fashioned prices.

 This is the first of a range of new YJA membership benefits we aim to add over the coming year to make your membership really work for you.

 The CA, whose patron is Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, was founded in 1908 and has grown to be the authoritative voice on cruising matters, with 6000 members worldwide. It consults to government and is a powerful campaigning voice for all leisure sailors with a formidable team of experts and advisors keeping on top of all the issues of concern to re-creational water users, both nationally and internationally.

 Here’s are some of the reasons we think CA membership is really worthwhile for YJA members.

Information and News Source: From Brexit to lobster pots, VAT, visas and import tariffs, the CA is on the case; membership provides working journalists with access to a great news resource, through the CA’s Regulations and Technical Services, the quarterly Cruising magazine and a body of expert sources at your fingertips. The CA’s 10,000-volume maritime library is the largest in private hands.
Discounts: These are too many to mention but include marina fees (all over the world), chandlery, clothing, accommodation, holidays/charter, villas, boatyards, insurance and electronics. Frankly, these are worth more than the price of membership.
Accommodation: Stay in an en-suite B&B cabin in Limehouse, London from £52 per night for a single, £67 for two (includes a household member).

Here’s the deal for YJA members. When paid by direct debit the first year’s membership is £99 instead of £132. Below are links to an information brochure and membership form. Write YJA at top if you use the paper form. If joining on-line at www.theca.org.uk insert the code YJA.

For editorial enquiries, contact the CA’s Press & PR Manager, Peta Stuart-Hunt, here:publicity@theca.org.uk or mob: +44 (0)7711 477707.

Peta said: “We need the benefits of this new and highly logical relationship to work for all parties and from my perspective as the CA’s Press & PR Manager, I would like to encourage more contact with lifestyle and leisure writers who might be interested in reporting on CA campaigns – for example to get better marking of static fishing gear and lobster pots to help avoid more catastrophic boating accidents through dangerous entanglements .”

CA membership brochure – ONLINE VIEW

CA membership form

Death of former Chairman

Former chairman of the YJA, Paul Gelder, retired editor of Yachting Monthly has died, aged 71.

Although no longer a YJA member, Paul was a strong supporter of the Association over many years, having first joined the YJA in 2005.  He was chairman in 2015-2016.

He edited Yachting Monthly magazine for ten years and in that time was the inspiration behind a campaign to restore Gypsy Moth 1V. He first joined the magazine as features editor in 1990, later becoming  editor.

His early journalistic career was in local newspapers and he had previously been editor of the West Sussex Gazette.

He was also author of various books including The Loneliest Race and Gipsy Moth 1V: A Legend Sails Again, Editor of Total Loss and Sunk Without Trace, anthologies of true-life stories of yachts lost at sea, plus Yachting Monthly Confessions anthologies.

The funeral will be Monday, March 18 at 1pm at  the  The Oaks Havant Crematorium ( PO9 5NA) located on the outskirts of Havant, adjacent to the Spire Portsmouth Hospital.

 

Paul Gelder, centre, pictured at a lunchtime meeting with treasurer Mike Ford and former secretary Gael Pawson at the renowned waterside pub on the Hamble River, The Jolly Sailor

Photo by Patrick Roach, former deputy chairman