The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has announced the recipients of awards that recognize achievements in ocean sailing over the past 24 months. The recipients were selected by an international panel of experienced bluewater sailors from among individuals nominated by Full OCC members throughout the course of the year.
The Barton Cup, the Club’s premiere award, goes to American sailor Randall Reeves for his successful completion of the Figure 8 Voyage, an exceptional and record-breaking voyage circumnavigating Antarctica and the Americas in one season.
His tenacity and perseverance were exhibited when, aborting attempt number one, he returned home to San Francisco and departed to try again a few months later. Most importantly, his adventure was undertaken with much humility, humor, and gratitude.
Randall’s first attempt (October 2017 to June 2018) ended in an abrupt termination of plans in 2018. On that…