Cruising Club of America Seeks Award Nominations

Rod Stephens Trophy recognizes an act of seamanship that "significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea."

The Cruising Club of America is seeking nominations for its Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship. The perpetual trophy was presented to the CCA by 21 of Stephens' shipmates and friends to recognize an act of seamanship that "significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea." Suggestions and candidates from all nations and in all aspects of boating are welcome. Deadline for nominations is October 15, 2007.

Last year's award was presented to the crew of the ABN AMRO II for superb seamanship in carrying out the attempted rescue of an overboard crewmember at night in the North Atlantic during the Volvo Ocean Race while sailing in 25-30 knots of wind. While ultimately unsuccessful in saving his life, the crew located his body by acting quickly, following good, previously rehearsed procedures and using excellent judgment in carrying out search tactics.

To submit a nomination, contact Robert Van Blaricom, Awards Chairman, 679 Hawthorne Drive, Tiburon, CA 04020, janebobvb@comcast.net.