Judges Report on the
Cruising & Other Competitions for the 2016 HYC Yearbook
year’s judge was:
This year we received
nine entries for the Cruising Competitions, all of a high
standard and covering cruises in the Ouse and Humber as well as
a North Sea race from Ijmuiden to Scarborough, a cruise on the
west coast of Scotland from Kilmelford to Tayvallich, a
transatlantic cruise from the Canary Islands to Barbados, and a
cruise from Brough to Brittany and Normandy. Since I first
became a member of HYC in 1962 it has always impressed me how
far afield our members get and how difficult it is to choose
between one log and another, although at that time the majority
of entries were for local cruises. The superb logs submitted for
the first cruising cup this year are no exception.
McKendrick Cruising Cup
To be awarded each year
to the competitor who makes the most successful and instructive
awarded to Bernard Wells for his cruise in
“Stormwind” an Elan 433 sloop from Largs marina to the
archipelago of St. Kilda, roughly 100 miles west of the mainland
of Scotland. A successful and instructive log which shows that
historical details can embellish a story.
McKendrick Crusing Runner-up Cup
Upon the Judge’s
suggestion, a second Cup is awarded to the runner-up.
it is awarded to Bruce Yardley for his cruise
with Lady B, a Westerly Fulmar 32ft bilge keel sloop from Hull
to Amble and the Farne Islands. The log is detailed, with useful
information and good photographs. Haven’t we all been in close
contact with those furrows in the Bridlington harbour mud ?
John M. Hamilton Cup
To be awarded for an
account of the most eventful and instructive 24 hours’ cruise. This cruise may be taken
from a longer cruise, if the rest of the cruise is not entered
for any other competition.
awarded to Stephen Lee who delivered the
23ft.6ins gaff cutter Nautilos to Barton on Humber from
Lowestoft. Built in 1902, Nautilos is showing her age. “What
could possibly go wrong?” asks Stephen in his account of the
Bluebird Perpetual Challenge Trophy
Awarded for the best
presented log of the most innovative and instructional cruise of
not less that two weeks nor longer than five weeks, undertaken
by a yacht of 30 feet or less, in waters of the British Isles,
including the coasts of Ireland, the English Channel, Norwegian
Coast and the waters of the Baltic countries.
....is awarded to
Andrew and Nicole How for their cruise from Neyland,
Milford Haven to Liverpool with Vega, their 28ft. Dragonfly
class centreboard sloop. These are waters seldom visited by HYC
members but sound too good to miss.
Awarded for an
up-river or canal cruise.
....is awarded to
Nick Hall (with advice and help from John Chaney) for
his account of a passage from Bishopthorpe, near York, to Brough
with Sprite, his 1930s 17ft.6ins gaff sloop. Nick confirms my
long-held suspicion that somewhere on the Ouse there is a never
ending supply of tree branches and roots waiting to fall or to
be thrown into the river.
Club Awards 2016
Awarded at the sole
discretion of the Captain.
I have no hesitation in
awarding this year’s Captain’s Trophy to Ray Murtagh.
Ray has worked tirelessly on many projects, including the
refurbishment of the jetty at Brough and the construction of a
brand new duty boat pontoon. His thoughtful, practical and
forward thinking outlook has made him a pleasure to work with
and an asset to the Club. I am very grateful for his help and
To be awarded by the
Officers for outstanding services to the Club.
The award this year goes
to Keith Johnson. Keith has worked away quietly over many weeks,
taking on board single handedly the total refurbishment of the
tractor at Brough. This work required skill and patience, often
taking place mid-week when the tractor was not in use. The
finished result is truly amazing. It is members like Keith that
allow the Humber Yawl Club to be cost effective and financially
affordable to all.
Walter and Joan
To be awarded by the
Officers and Committee of the Club for a feat of outstanding
The Seamanship Award is
given to Glynn Morton who, in his yacht ‘Tryval’, a Rival 32,
sailed from Peel in the Isle of Man to Grimsby via the Scilly
Isles between the 20th April and the 8th August of this year.
His ship’s log shows that he was single-handed for all of this
time! A remarkable voyage considering that he is a relative
newcomer to cruising. A short breakdown is as follows:
20.04.16 Depart Peel, Isle of Man for Ardglass, Ireland.
Ardglass to Bangor.
Bangor to Ardglass
Ardglass to Dublin
Dublin to Peel
Peel to Dublin
Dublin to Wicklow
Wicklow to Kilmore Quay
Kilmore Quay to Tresco, Scilly Isles.
Scilly Isles to Portland
Portland to Brighton
Brighton to Grimsby.
08.08.16 Arriving Grimsby, Lincs.
Awarded by the
Officers and Committee for services to the Club.
The ‘Services to the
Club’ award is given to David Coultas in respect of his
dedication at Winteringham Haven regarding the grass cutting
over the last five years. He provides his own machinery and
fuel, while refusing to accept reimbursement from the club which
must involve a considerable amount of money.