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USA: Cruising Club of America Announces Major Awards

By CCA — last modified Mar 03, 2019 10:30 AM The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising Club.
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) today announced the 2018 recipients of the international organization’s most prestigious awards, selected for their outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting.

Published: 2019-03-03 00:00:00
Countries: USA

USA: Cruising Club of America Announces Major Awards

The family aboard Vixen.

The Cruising Club of America (CCA) today announced the 2018 recipients of the international organization’s most prestigious awards. These included Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney of Orcas Island, Washington State, Stan Honey of Palo Alto, California, and Ellen and Seth Leonard of Laupahoehoe, Hawaii. They were selected for their outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing and the history of yachting. The CCA will recognize the accomplishments of these members, and others, during the Annual Awards Dinner on March 1, 2019, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

2018 Blue Water Medal - Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney

Bruce Halabisky and Tiffany Loney are the recipients of the CCA’s 2018 Blue Water Medal, awarded for their 11-year circumnavigation in Vixen, a 1952 John Atkin designed wood gaff-rigged cutter, with their two daughters, born during the cruise, as crew. The CCA established this award in 1923 to reward “meritorious seamanship and adventure upon the sea displayed by amateur sailors of all nationalities that might otherwise go unrecognized.”

In September of 2002, Halabisky and Loney first saw Vixen at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington State. It was in the final stages of restoration. One would have to say it was love at first sight as they sold their few assets and within a few months owned Vixen. The boat had been launched in 1952 from the renowned Joel Johnson yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After two years of living on board, saving money and becoming good friends with Vixen, they left for Hawaii in September of 2004. After having sailed across the Pacific and Indian Oceans; completed three trans-Atlantic crossings; visited over thirty countries; and documented life on board Vixen in podcasts, magazine articles and books, the family is now happily exploring life on land from their home on Orcas Island.

Often asked why he chose a fifties wooden gaff-rigged cutter for an 11-year circumnavigation, Halabisky explained that he “lay aside all my rationalization and logic and can appeal only with the beauty of a perfectly realized sheer line or the image of an audaciously long bowsprit awash with sea foam or a finely carved teak block gleaming in the sun.  There is something to be said for sailing around the world with a certain amount of style and class.”  Indeed!

Details of the other awards can be found on the CCA website.

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www.cruisingclub.org/2019/cca-announces-major-awards

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