Prestigious seamanship award goes to worthy Australian winner

Remember the yacht Showtime capsizing during its return journey from competing in the 2019 Sydney Hobart?

It lost its keel in Bass Strait and, although all the crew were able to clamber out and hold onto the hull, the conditions were horrendous and disaster was imminent. After rescue the skipper indicated that one of the crew, whom he called “the bravest person on the boat”, dove back under the yacht to retrieve the liferaft. 

The Cruising Club of America (CCA) annually awards the Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship to a sailor(s) 'for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea' and Christian Charalambous was the worthy winner.

Read the full story here: https://cruisingclub.org/award/stephens

Read the mysailing intial report of the incident here: https://www.mysailing.com.au/offshore/showtime-sinks-on-delivery-from-sydney-hobart

Read the review done by  Australian Sailing and its recommendations here:https://cdn.revolutionise.com.au/site/jaoojxv9gtwx6ilu.pdf

Also note this recent update from Australian Sailing reported here: https://www.mysailing.com.au/boats/keel-and-rudder-inspection-notices-available-from-australian-sailing

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