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