British Yachting Awards winners announced

The winners of the 4th British Yachting Awards were announced in London yesterday (30 November), at the event which honoured icons and newcomers of the sailing and marine world.

Fifty years since his ‘Impossible Voyage’, iconic Scottish sailor Sir Chay Blyth was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award

The first person to sail solo, non-stop the ‘wrong way’ around the world, Sir Chay [pictured left] was described as ‘a trailblazer for the sport of sailing, who has inspired many sailors and broken-down barriers.’ 

The British Yachting Awards, run by Chelsea Magazines, were held in London at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the UK.

Having only started sailing in his seventies, 82-year-old Murdoch McGregor, the oldest person to have sailed solo around Britain, took home the Sailor of the Year award following his epic voyage, which raised £10,000 for Mental Health UK, while Youth Sailor of the Year award went to Katie McCabe who completed the same journey on her own earlier this year when she was just 14.

Pip Hare was also honoured, being presented with the Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award for her valiant efforts in the most recent edition of the Vendée Globe, where she took 19th place and was the first British skipper to finish.

For the first time at the British Yachting Awards, there was a tie. The Dufour 470 and Jeanneau 60 were crowned joint winners in the Cruising Yacht of the Year Category, receiving exactly the same number of votes.

Gosport-based charity, the Disabled Sailors Association was announced as Charity of the Year, with founder Mike Wood accepting the award on behalf of the organisation which offers sail training and rehabilitation for all types of disabled people on its purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible boat Spirit of Scott Bader.

The shortlist of nominees for each category was curated by the editorial team at Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, but the winners were voted for and decided by the publication’s readers.

The full line-up of winners and runners up at the 2021 British Yachting Awards: 

Cruising Yacht of the Year

Joint Winner

Dufour 470 and Jeanneau 60

Runner Up

Solaris 40

Multihull of the Year

Winner

Lagoon 55

Runner Up 

Outremer 4 Zero

Bluewater Cruiser of the Year

Winner

Discovery 48S

Runner Up

Hallberg-Rassy 400

Performance Yacht of the Year

Winner

Pogo 44

Runner Up

Beneteau First 27SE

Event of the Year – sponsored by GAC Pindar

Winner

Vendée Globe

Runner Up

SailGP Plymouth

Sailor of the Year – sponsored by Pantaenius

Winner

Murdoch McGregor

Runner Up

Pip Hare

Youth Sailor of the Year – sponsored by BoatLife Live

Winner

Katie McCabe

Runner Up

Timothy Long

Marina of the Year

Winner

Berthon Lymington Marina

Runner Up

MDL’s Ocean Village Marina

Equipment Innovation of the Year

Winner

ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo

Runner Up

B&G Halo20+

Clothing Innovation of the Year 

Winner

Musto Flexlite Vapour range

Runner Up

Baltic Athena lifejacket

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner

Sir Chay Blyth

Charity of the Year

Winner

Disabled Sailors Association

Outstanding Achievement of the Year

Winner

Pip Hare

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