Congratulations to Hugh Pilsworth.

RIYC Overseas Member Hugh Pilsworth was recently awarded the “Trophy of Australia ” by the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC).

This was in recognition of his completed circumnavigation on Blue Flyer and his encouragement and willingness to introduce crew to offshore cruising.
He also took on two young South Africans who were part of a Youth Sponsorship Programme. The OCC Youth Sponsorship Programme aims to introduce young people to long distance sailing passages. Hugh certainly did this!
Michael and Jamie joined Hugh on Blue Flyer in Cape Town and crewed across the southern Atlantic Ocean to Brazil and then up the South American coast to the Caribbean and Cuba and then through the Panama Canal. Congratulations and well done Hugh.

His boat is in Tahiti at the moment, sheltering during the cyclone season. Mr Pilsworth plans to rejoin her in March, finish off some major repairs and then sail on to Australia with friends, hopefully arriving in late August.

This will complete his second circumnavigation.

Well done Hugh!