Girls clean up

at last night's British Nautical Awards

Saturday January 5th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Like Ellen, the Rawlinson sisters, Emma (17) and Victoria (16), also claimed two awards: the MDL YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award and the WS Atkins Inshore Yachtsman of the Year Award for which they competed against top ranked adult sailors. The Rawlinsons currently lie second in the ISAF World Rankings.

"Natural talent and unflappable determination to win has brought the girls success this past year twice at world level competitions in the 420 Class; a gold medal at the 2000 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships held in Sydney, Australia, and a silver medal six months later at the 2001 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Crozon-Morgat, France. Having since joined the RYA's Olympic Development Squad in a 470, they are two of Britain's up and coming young hopefuls," Emma Forbes announced.

Commenting on their success, Emma Rawlinson said, "We are so thrilled to have won this prestigious Award tonight; to make it into the shortlist is, in itself, an honour. We are already training hard and looking forward to another good year as part of the RYA's Olympic Development Squad."

Runners up for the WS Atkins Inshore Yachtsman of the Year Award were: Stuart Childerley, Simon Russell, Nick Pearson; Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield.
Runners up for the MDL YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award were: John Pink and Tom Weeks; Mark Powell.

The Sunseeker Endeavour Award for outstanding contribution in any form of boating or the marine industry went to The Royal Yacht Squadron and was accepted on their behalf by Dr Jeremy Cuddigan, the Royal Yacht Squadron's Rear Commodore of Yachting. The Royal Yacht Squadron is credited with initiating and organising the celebration of the America's Cup Jubilee at Cowes last August, a once in a lifetime event. Runners up were: Dickie Bradbeer and Helen Tew.

LDC's RS K6 won the Yachting World Sailboat of the Year Award. "This dinghy-style keelboat has already impressed sailors with its high quality build specification and speed. The RS K6 is unique in that LDC has used CNC milled plugs for its hull and deck moulds, moulds cut by computers to ensure accuracy and symmetry and epoxy skins for a high strength to weight ratio - all in a competitive, affordable keelboat. An all-carbon rig maintains the high specification and the boat is quick to sail and easy for lightweight crews to handle," read Forbes.

Martin Wadhams, Managing Director of LDC Racing Sailboats, accepted the Award. Runners up were: Ker 11.3; Oyster 49.

Peter Nicholson, Chairman of the judging panel, said, "The calibre of our winners points to the progress being made in the British boating world, as well as its excellence. In particular, Britain is a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide boating arena, and it is important that we recognise this."

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