To mark our club’s tricentenary, the Royal Thames Yacht Club presented to Royal Cork yacht Club the Challenge Cup which has been designated to be awarded annually for the members cruising log which records cruising voyages that have significantly enhanced their seafaring experience and competence, irrespective of distance and destination. And, through sharing their experiences, they encourage fellow members to do the same. The 3 entries this year made it very difficult to select a winner, all the logs had merit. However, there must be a winner, and the winners of the Royal Thames Yacht Club Challenge Cup for Best Cruising Log of the Year 2023 were Neil Hegarty and Ann Kenny
Below are the synopses of the 3 logs that were entered, and it is hoped that members wishing to embark on similar cruising adventures will find the clogs included in this document informative and enjoyable.
Neil Hegarty and Ann Kenny – It was not what Tam O ’Shanter expected
Neils log details his and Ann Kenny’s voyage that started with the aim of joining the Saoirse Rally in Madeira on board the famous Tam O ‘Shanter but resulted in an eventful and unexpected voyage of 515 nm visiting seven of the nine Azorean Islands.
Jim and Kate Corbett- Sicily, Corfu and the Ionian
Jim and Kate’s log covers the next leg of their Mediterranean adventure. Starting in Sicily and venturing to Corfu and various Ionian destinations. A trip of over 2 months and 700nm
Simon Brewitt and Ann Bogan – Crosshaven to Tobermory and Back
Simon and Anns log details their trip north to Bangor and then on to explore the Western Islands and mainland of Scotland. A trip of 39 Days and 870 miles and a gallant attempt to visit 9 Whisky Distilleries on their way.