Lisa McDonald wins seamanship award

For getting dismasted Amer Sports Too back to port

Friday May 24th 2002, Author: Warren Douglas, Location: France

Lisa McDonald won the Volvo Ocean Race Seamanship award for leg 8 after bringing Amer Sport Too and her crew safety back to Halifax, after being dismasted in the North Atlantic. Lisa and her crew secured the rig and then, through a building storm, started the slow journey to Halifax.

Before the yacht reached safety, it experienced winds that peaking at 58 knots while under tow by a Canadian Coast Guard ship.

McDonald was nominated by Nautor Challenge project chief and fellow skipper Grant Dalton. Lisa paid tribute to the professionalism of her crew, their tireless
work securing the rig and sails and their skill in handling the boat through the storm.

She also thanked shore crew, people in Halifax who gave freely of their time and equipment, and people in England who worked to get the yacht to La Rochelle and back into the race.

"Without the help and support of many people both inside the Nautor Challenge campaign, our sponsors, companies and individuals, our yacht would not be here today."

Amer Sports Too crew have won the seamanship award twice previously. On leg 5, watch leader Emma Westmacott won the award for her work in getting the generator and watermaker working and on leg 4, watch leader Katie Pettibone won the award.

Grant Dalton said: "It was an amazing job to see them here, and not just them, and what they've done, but also the shore crew too, who logistically out it all together. There was never a grumble, never a moan, or a doubt, I am in awe of the job that Lisa and the team has done".

Amer Sports Too also received award for the best contribution to media coverage, in recognition of their quick and detailed documentation of the dismasting. Keryn Henderson collected the award on behalf of the crew.

Lisa receives her award...

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